We continue our Third Base Week with a look at my targets!
My Rank: 7
Expert Consensus Rank: 7
Suarez over the past three seasons has averaged 27 home runs, 85 RBIs, and 81 runs scored. Last season was a career year for him with 34 home runs and 104 RBIs. He also hit a career best .283 with a .526 slugging percentage and .892 OPS. The slugging percentage and OPS were both Top 20 in baseball. Suarez isn't as sexy a name as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but he is a much safer pick in fantasy this season.
My Rank: 9
Expert Consensus Rank: 11
Let's call 2018 a wash for Josh Donaldson. Injuries wiped out virtually all of it. Donaldson is second round talent going outside the Top 10 at the position! Even in his "down" year in 2017, he still hit 33 home runs with a .944 OPS. He now moves to a much better lineup so his runs and RBIs should improve. And let's not forget how he ended 2018. His 16-game run with the Indians paces out to the Josh Donaldson numbers we are used to. Expect a bounce-back campaign for Donaldson in 2019.
My Rank: 24
Expert Consensus Rank: 24
I was all aboard the Ian Happ hype train in 2018 and it didn't pan out. Post-hype sleeper? Happ could be. Especially considering the discounted price his current ADP offers. For more on Happ, check out this piece posted by our own Heath Capps a couple of weeks ago.
My Rank: 25
Expert Consensus Rank: 25
Fantasy baseball is all about value. Lamb is a perfect example of that. In 2017, Lamb was a great value and posted a great season. In 2018, he was overvalued based on a couple good seasons and failed miserably. Why did he fail? Well, injuries for starters. He missed most of the year with a shoulder injury. Yes, he's terrible against lefties, but we can't forget how good he was in 2016 & 2017. As the 25th third baseman taken in drafts, that's good value.
My Rank: 30
Expert Consensus Rank: 37
What if I told you there was a 25-year-old in one of baseball's best lineups who had a .806 OPS last season with 19 home runs and 76 RBIs in his first full season? Oh, and his price tag is currently outside the Top 400 overall on FantasyPros! That would be Johan Camargo. If you need more convincing, he had 10 homers and a .295 average in the second half.
That’s all for targets, check back in at noon for Part 2 of our consensus third base rankings!