Twenty players eligible at third base are going in the top 150 according to NFBC ADP. Talk about deep. Third base is likely to occupy your corner infield spot and/or your utility spot as well. There are plenty of options available late in drafts that can return big value. Let's just jump into it.
Here are several sleeper targets at third base going outside the top 150 in NFBC drafts.
My Rank: 21
Expert Consensus Rank: 19
NFBC ADP: 169
I guess I'm a Dodgers fan now. Last week I touted Corey Seager last week as well as Will Smith back in catchers' week. I'm a big fan of Justin Turner this season, especially considering the huge discount. Health is honestly the only thing holding him back. His last three seasons produced a .307/.397/.519 slash line with a 162 game pace of 28 home runs, 84 RBIs, and 95 runs scored. The RBI total was surprisingly low, so I can see an improvement in that category. Now for the fun stuff. His .288 xBA was 35th in the league, his .517 xSLG was 40th, and his xwOBA of .378 was 27th. This is no fluke either. Turner's expected stats have been among the best in baseball dating back to 2015. If Turner plays 150 games, he has MVP-caliber potential. Much, much better than his current going rate outside the top 150.
My Rank: 30
Expert Consensus Rank: 25
NFBC ADP: 235
Gio Urshela is the Yankees primary third baseman heading into 2020. He was great in 2019 with a .314 average and .534 SLG. He hit 21 homers and had 74 RBIs and 73 runs. His expected stats back up his breakout, as he was top 10 at the position in all three x stats. Urshela was also 76th percentile with a 90.5 mph average exit velocity. The 28-year-old looks to continue his breakout campaign this season.
My Rank: 29
Expert Consensus Rank: 38
NFBC ADP: 267
Never in a million year did I think I'd be advocating for Starlin Castro but here we are! The former Cub-turned-Yankee-turned-Marlin is on the Nationals this season and should get a solid chunk of playing time at second base. He also offers positional flexibility at third and shortstop if Carter Kieboom doesn't pan out or the oft-injured Trea Turner hits the IL. Castro was great in Miami last season, believe it or not. Over the final 80 games, Castro hit .313 with a .909 OPS with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. Again, this was in the extremely pitcher-friendly Marlins Park. Nationals Park is a huge park upgrade for him. Look, he's not going to win you your league, but if your player pool is deep enough where he is even in consideration, there are far worse options.
My Rank: 34
Expert Consensus Rank: 42
NFBC ADP: 436
Speaking of deep leagues, Hanser Alberto is just a name for those types of leagues. Currently going outside the top 400, Alberto is a solid option for runs and batting average. His underlying stats are poor. Weak exit velocity and hard hit percentage, but his xBA of .290 was top 30 in the league. Plus, he never strikes out. His 9.1% K-rate was the best in baseball. I repeat, the absolute lowest K-rate in MLB was Hanser Alberto. He hits leadoff and gets a ton of playing time for the Orioles. Perhaps he even has another level yet to reach.
My Rank: 42
Expert Consensus Rank: 55
NFBC ADP: 564
With third base being so deep, there's not a ton of prospect love to go around. Alec Bohm ranks as MLB Pipeline's #1 third base prospect and #30 overall. He grades with a 60 hit tool and 55 power tool. The former third overall pick of the 2018 draft had a solid 2019 season in the minors. He hit .305 with a .518 SLG, 21 homers, and 80 RBIs. He also put up an impressive .78 BB/K ratio. Bohm is slated to make his big league debut this season. He should provide solid power numbers without a huge risk for strikeouts. This helps boost his fantasy floor. A speculative pick at the end of your draft, Bohm could provide huge value.
And that’s it for sleepers at third base!