Excuse the exposition and this clunky intro into aforementioned exposition, but here’s the catchers to target, 1st basemen to target, 2nd basemen to target, shortstops to target and something to stick to your dartboards to target. These 3rd basemen to target are being drafted after 200 overall. Keep in mind, nephew (and five niece readers), your Uncle Grey likes to have a corner man drafted by the time these guys appear, so you’re looking at potential utility men more than anything. Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Indonesia) supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2018 projections. Speaking of baseball (best segue ever!), the Stream-o-Nator, Hitter-Tron and DFSBot are now available, i.e., the Razzsubscriptions. Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2018 fantasy baseball:
Maikel Franco (ESPN 200) Since there’s so few 3rd basemen sleepers here to draft, I’m going to speak briefly in general terms about 3rd basemen after this clunky expositional sentence. A lot of 3rd basemen have multiple positional eligibility, so I might’ve went over some other guys already in the previous “to target” posts, especially since I’m using Yahoo eligibility, which is like, “Yo, didn’t DeJong play outfield last year?” Five milliseconds later, “Yes.” “Did you look that up?” “No.” “Cool.” I believe in Yahoo Rizzo has 2nd base eligibility because of Andy Behrens after a three daiquiri night. Also, there’s a ton of 3rd basemen to draft from around pick 85 to pick 150. Everyone from Devers, Castellanos to Longoria and Beltre are available in that range, and from what I can see, there’s so little difference between them. Sure, Devers has more upside, but his 25/7/.280 is that different than, say, Kyle Seager’s 27/3/.265? Beltre’s 24/3/.290 vs. Longoria’s 25/1/.265? Your enthusiasm mileage may vary, but these guys are not profoundly different. I love Castellanos, but he’s dramatically different from Seager? Any hoo! Maikel Franco, or as I like to call him, Maikel Franco. What, you have a different name for him? Oh, you call him a piece of–?! Wow, that’s harsh, you must be from Philly. Maikel’s projections are 25/1/.265. Again, that different from aforementioned guys?
Matt Chapman (ESPN 247; Yahoo 254) Because there’s so many Matts on the A’s, I think we need to start using middle names for these guys. So, Matt David Chapman– Wait, why is Matt David Chapman now applying lipstick like Steve Buscemi in Billy Madison? Why is he standing in a dark shadow waiting for us to come out of a movie theater? Matt David Chapman is scaring me! So, Chapman is all fly balls and home runs. Well, some of those fly balls don’t leave the park, which is why he hits .230. If you can stomach the low average, he could be a cheap Joey Gallo, who is a cheap Aaron Judge. Damn, Matt David Chapman is Aaron Judge! There’s some Matt David Chapman in the video below too.
Brian Anderson (ESPN & Yahoo not ranked) Brian Anderson sounds like the name for an unidentified body when John Doe just won’t do. “Ya know what, John Doe sounds too ethnic, can we call this body, Brian Anderson?” Wait, something is coming through…*puts finger to ear bud* It’s coming through right now that Brian Anderson’s value just went up in another NL-Only league. *puts finger to ear* And higher still! Wow! *finger back to ear* What’s that? Please bring pizza to back entrance? Got it! Sorry, I’m also working for Postmates. So, yes, Anderson’s value has been climbing this spring for deep leagues, because the Marlins have announced he will be their everyday 3rd baseman. The projections systems are lukewarm on him, but his walk and line drive rates in the minors were elite. He could sneak into a Jose Martinez-type year — think 17 HRs, .275, maybe even upside on the average. For a late pick, I could see grabbing him, but don’t get carried away, unless you’re in a baby Bjorn.
Eugenio Suarez (Yahoo 203) For whatever reason, Eugenio is a forgotten man this draft season. He is being projected for exactly the same stats as the crapumvirate group of 3rd basemen who are being drafted fifty spots earlier. Wanna make an over-the-internet bet that I will welch on that says Eugenio outpaces Beltre for fantasy value? C’mon, my fake money you’re never getting is burning a hole in my pocket.
Nick Senzel (ESPN 543) Sticking with the newly established Reds 3rd baseman theme, Senzel has been working out of the shortstop position this spring, so the Reds can play Suarez and Senzel. *Jose Peraza nudges with elbow* “Um, guys, what about me?” Not now, Peraza! Senzel is likely more of a bet for a June call-up vs. an appearance in April, but he had 10 HRs and 5 SBs while hitting .340 last year in Double-A. I know, I know, 10 homers and five steals is nothing great, until you consider he was only there for 209 ABs. Yabbity blabbity bloo!