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Shifting Values for Different Categories: Third Base

You don't play in a standard 5x5 league? Great, let's look at some third basemen who may be ranked differently in your format.

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We provide fantasy analysis across a fairly broad spectrum of topics here at Fake Teams, but our rankings are built on the assumption of a standard 5x5 redraft league. So what about our readers who don't play in standard 5x5 leagues? Obviously those rankings don't fit in the same manner if your league plays different categories. So if you're looking for some third basemen who may be ranked differently in your league than the standard, you've come to the right place. All 2015 ranks are based on a 100 plate appearance minimum.


Up: David Wright - Yes, Wright missed substantial time last year (and 2013, and 2011..), but he has consistently posted high walk rates (His career low, outside of his rookie year, was 2014 with 7%) along with strong OBPs. If you believe he's a reasonable bet to stay healthy, he can be a top 10 option at 3B in OBP leagues.

Other Risers: Kris Bryant, Matt Carpenter

Down: Pablo Sandoval - Last year was atrocious for Sandoval, and obviously you're hoping for a bounceback with news that he has lost 20 pounds in the offseason. However, Sandoval's OBP has generally been buoyed by a high batting average, and unless you see a return to a .300+ batting average, his OBP isn't likely to rise enough to keep him in the top 20.

Other Fallers: Brett Lawrie, Yasmany Tomas


Up: Maikel Franco - Ray already talked about how Franco is being underrated coming out of his rookie season, and for this format he can potentially be a top 5 option.

Other Risers: Danny Valencia, Todd Frazier

Down: Chase Headley - Dropping from 25 in our consensus ranking would be a bit hard to do, but Headley may well fit that description. He's trending the wrong way when it comes to his isolated power, and his batted ball splits help to confirm this trend.

Other Fallers: Martin Prado, Jed Lowrie


Up: Justin Turner - Turner has posted back-to-back .861+ OPS seasons, and his versatility for the Dodgers should allow him to get full-time playing time even with the glut of infielders they have on the roster. His performance over the past two years may be his peak, but he can still turn into a top 10 option if you're using OPS.

Other Risers: Jung-Ho Kang, David Wright

Down: Nick Castellanos - To date, Castellanos hasn't hit for the power or the average that was anticipated when he was approaching the majors. If you believe it's coming, as our own Daniel Kelley does, then this is the wrong side to be on in OPS-leagues. However, if you think it's more of the same this year from Castellanos, then you're looking at a sub-.750 OPS and a 3B who is only startable in the deepest OPS leagues.

Other Fallers: Martin Prado, Evan Longoria


Up: Nick Castellanos - Well that was a quick turn. Castellanos has never been known for his speed, and the category where he really tends to fall behind his contemporaries is in runs. Take it away, and you've got a 3B that likely slots into the 15-20 range rather than the 21-25 range.

Other Risers: Todd Frazier, Martin Prado

Down: Anthony Rendon - Rendon isn't particularly likely to produce elite power (like the Donaldsons and Arenados at the top of the rankings), and so what can potentially make him a top 5 3B option is that he helps you in all five categories, and can be an elite option for runs. However, take away the high runs scored total from 2014, and while it definitely doesn't kill his value, it does hurt it somewhat based on the rest of the profile.

Other Fallers: Matt Carpenter, Adrian Beltre