Top 20 – Third Base (3B) Rankings – 2010 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide

Get ready for the 2010 Fantasy Baseball season by dominating your draft with some of the best fantasy baseball rankings, stat projections, and player info, all right here for free. Third Base (3B) Rankings are based on a 1-year standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2010 season.

Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2009 season.

In these rankings, for a player to qualify at Third Base (3B), they must have played in at least 10 games or started at least 5 games at the Third Base (3B) position during the 2009 season. Each players 2010 fantasy baseball position eligibility and their age for the 2010 season is provided after their name.

Top 10 – Third Base (3B) Rankings 2010

#1 – Alex Rodriguez – 3B – New York Yankees (34)

Rodriguez may be getting up there in age, but as long as he is batting in that potent Yankees lineup, there is no reason to expect a drop off in stats anytime soon. 30 homeruns and 100 rbi are essentially a guarantee from ARod in 2010 with plenty of potential for even more.

2009 Stats: 444 AB, 78 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 14 SB, .286 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 110 R, 35 HR, 120 RBI, 10 SB, .300 AVG

#2 – Evan Longoria – 3B – Tampa Bay Rays (24)

At just age 24, there is plenty of reason to expect an ever better year statically from Longoria in 2010 than what he put up in 2009. Longoria should be a perennial 30 homerun and 100 rbi third baseman over the next decade. An increase in stolen bases to around 10-15 is also a very good possibility for Longoria in 2010.

2009 Stats: 584 AB, 100 R, 33 HR, 113 RBI, 9 SB, .281 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 35 HR, 115 RBI, 12 SB, .295 AVG

#3 – David Wright – 3B – New York Mets (27)

After tallying 116 homeruns over his first four seasons as a starter for the Mets, Wright experienced a major power outage during the 2009 season as he managed to knock out just 10 homeruns. So on the heals of being label a fantasy baseball bust for the first time in his career, Wright at just age 27 is primed for a major comeback in 2010. I would expect a reemergence to at least 25 homeruns for Wright during the 2010 season. Combine that with the potential for 20 plus stolen bases, and Wright could very easily be a draft day steal for fantasy baseball teams in 2010.

2009 Stats: 535 AB, 88 R, 10 HR, 72 RBI, 27 SB, .307 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 110 R, 28 HR, 115 RBI, 18 SB, .310 AVG

#4 – Ryan Zimmerman – 3B – Washington Nationals (25)

Since his emergence onto the major league scene back in 2005, Zimmerman was seemingly on the cusp of taking over the role as a potentially elite fantasy baseball 3B. Then last season, Zimmerman finally broke out with a career year in 2009 that included 33 homeruns and 106 rbi. At just age 25, Zimmerman offers plenty of potential to put up even better stats, with an eventual 40 homerun campaign not that far fetched.

2009 Stats: 610 AB, 110 R, 33 HR, 106 RBI, 2 SB, .292 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 35 HR, 110 RBI, 5 SB, .300 AVG

#5 – Mark Reynolds – 3B/1B – Arizona Diamondbacks (26)

A career year last season may have set up Reynolds to be the dreaded fantasy bust this season. And realistically, after posting 44 homeruns and 24 stolen bases last season, Reynolds could easily have an extremely hard time matching those stats once again in 2010. I would expect stats closer to 30 homeruns and 15 stolen bases this season. So draft Reynolds based on those 30-15 stats rather than the 40-20 homerun-stolen stats. However on the upside for Reynolds is the fact that he offers fantasy baseball teams duel position eligibility at 1B and 3B, which helps boost Reynolds fantasy value heading into the 2010 season.

2009 Stats: 578 AB, 98 R, 44 HR, 102 RBI, 24 SB, .260 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 15 SB, .260 AVG

#6 – Kevin Youkilis – 3B/1B – Boston Red Sox (31)

Simply put, Youkilis is a steady and reliable hitter who plays in a potent run scoring Boston lineup. Combine that with his duel eligibility at 1B and 3B, and fantasy baseball teams have a solid sure bet starter for their team. On the downside, Youkilis is more of a 25 homerun and 90 RBI guy, rather than the big bopper of 35 homeruns and 120 RBIs.

2009 Stats: 491 AB, 99 R, 27 HR, 94 RBI, 7 SB, .306 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 95 R, 25 HR, 95 RBI, 3 SB, .305 AVG

#7 – Pablo Sandoval – 3B/1B – San Francisco Giants (23)

During just his first full season in the majors last year, Sandoval quickly established himself as one of the best hitters in all baseball. Displaying an Albert Pujols/Vladimir Guerrero type of plate coverage, Sandoval a switch-hitter, can essentially hit any pitch throw at him, as he has already raked in a career .333 batting average over 717 at bats in the major leagues so far. Combine that type of batting average with outstanding power, and Sandoval at just age 23, has the potential to be a perennial 30 plus homerun, 100 plus RBI, and .320 plus batting average hitter over the next 10 years. Entering the 2010 season, Sandoval will offer fantasy baseball teams duel position eligibility at both 1B and 3B, with his future full time position likely to be 1B.

2009 Stats: 572 AB, 79 R, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 5 SB, .330 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 5 SB, .325 AVG

#8 – Chone Figgins – 3B – Seattle Mariners (32)

Much like his new teammate in Seattle, Figgins offers fantasy baseball teams the same type of luxury that Ichiro Suzuki offers. Stolen bases, stolen bases, and runs scored. As for the power numbers, there is little to be excited about as Figgins has never hit 10 homeruns in any major league season yet.

2009 Stats: 615 AB, 114 R, 5 HR, 54 RBI, 42 SB, .298 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 110 R, 5 HR, 55 RBI, 45 SB, .290 AVG

#9 – Aramis Ramirez – 3B – Chicago Cubs (32)

Injuries may have derailed Ramirez’s 2009 season, however there should still be plenty in the tank for Ramirez to return to his 25 homerun and 100 rbi form during the 2010 season. Based on his stats from last season, Ramirez will likely come at a huge discount in numerous fantasy baseball drafts this year. However make sure you do not let him slip too far, as Ramirez is a reliable and proven 3B option. He could easily become one of the top comeback players and fantasy baseball draft day steals in 2010.

2009 Stats: 306 AB, 46 R, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 2 SB, .317 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 25 HR, 100 RBI, 2 SB, .300 AVG

#10 – Ian Stewart – 3B/2B – Colorado Rockies (25)

During his first full season in the majors last year, Stewart bounced around between playing 2B and 3B for the Rockies, so even though Stewart will enter the 2010 season as the Rockies full time starting 3B, he will still qualify as a 2B in fantasy baseball leagues during the 2010 season. Boasting 30 homerun and 100 rbi potential, Stewart should contribute outstanding power numbers to the 2B position for fantasy teams this season. However after posting a dreadful .228 batting average over 425 at bats during the 2009 season, Stewart offers much of the same type of stat potential as Dan Uggla, only Stewart is a less reliable and proven option. Yet with a career .293 batting average from over 2200 at bats during his time in the minor leagues, there is ample reason to believe an immense batting average improvement could be in store from Stewart during the 2010 season

2009 Stats: 425 AB, 74 R, 25 HR, 70 RBI, 7 SB, .228 AVG

2010 Stat Projections: 85 R, 30 HR, 95 RBI, 5 SB, .275 AVG

Third Base (3B) Rankings: #11-20

#11 – Adrian Beltre – 3B – Boston Red Sox (31)

#12 – Michael Young – 3B – Texas Rangers (33)

#13 – Chris Davis – 3B/1B – Texas Rangers (24)

#14 – Jhonny Peralta – 3B/SS – Cleveland Indians (28)

#15 – Gordon Beckham – 3B – Chicago White Sox (23)

#16 – Jorge Cantu – 3B/1B – Florida Marlins (28)

#17 – Casey McGehee – 3B/2B – Milwaukee Brewers (27)

#18 – Chipper Jones – 3B – Atlanta Braves (38)

#19 – Mat Gamel – 3B – Milwaukee Brewers (24)

#20 – Alex Gordon – 3B – Kansas City Royals (26)

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