You may not be able to snag these 3B off the waiver wire in all of our points leagues, but I imagine that there have been a few leagues already where the following 3B have been given up on. This is the time of season where you get to take advantage of people overreacting. Act now!!! Ok, wait until I tell you who to pick up and then do exactly as I say–DO IT NOW!!!! You must obey the Schwarzenegger. Some of these guys are going to be owned and it’s your duty to snipe them in a trade. Those who aren’t must be added immediately.
I am not saying these are guys to pay a high price for. Do not overpay for em. In fact, don’t even pay fair market value unless you’re more convinced than I am on em. The goal here is to buy low from owners who have become disenchanted. Or better yet, they dropped the guy.
Remember that points leagues tend to value gap power, plate discipline and overall lineup strength for hitters. We’re focusing on hitters today, solely. Next week, we’ll return the favor with hurlers.
Carlos Santana, C/1B/3B/DH: So yeah he’s eligible everywhere and because of that he got drafted like the most versatile guy in fantasy this year. He’s been bleeping awful so far. Zack Greinke scoffs at his plate approach right now. If you don’t get that you must not watch Dodger games. There are lots of good reasons not to, but Greinke is batting like he’s not a pitcher over the past year and a half. Those of us who don’t own him know that he’s way better than this. Those who own him are starting to have dark little thoughts enter their heads. He’s got great plate discipline and good power and he should GREATLY improve his average. As soon as he bounces back a little bit he’ll be hitting in the heart of this order. If you can get him for a catcher not named Posey you’re probably winning. If you can get a closer to go with him for say Lucroy then you’re drinkin on the company dime.
Pablo Sandoval 3B: He keeps declining so that’s scary. I can’t argue against that. He has great bat to ball skills and it’s a contract year. And he’s been shitty to start the year. He was shitty last two years and it keeps crappenin… I think almost anyone will sell low on this guy, but when he gets dialed he’s made for a points league now that he’s rectified swing and miss problems. If he gets going and hits in the middle of this more potent Giants lineup I can see Panda being top 5 3B by end of year. That says a lot about 3B this year, but that’s not your fault. He’s not gonna be a hero but he could be the difference between you winning your league…
Martin Prado, 3B: He’s the king of points leagues. Depending on the format, Prado can hold 2X the value in points leagues over standard roto leagues. Great gap power and great plate discipline… He’s hitting under .250 so far on an underperforming Diamondbacks offense that should greatly improve their production as a full lineup. Not only should Prado regress to his mean and hit nearly .030 points higher in AVG but he should also see his R and RBI go up as the team starts hitting its stride and starts hitting in warm weather in power friendly Chase Field. Prado has declined and will decline further in years to come but I don’t think this is the year or even necessarily next year that he hits his low plateau en route to washing out. Two more good years of fantasy relevance for Prado barring injuries and his owners are getting restless. Nab him.
Manny Machado, 3B: I understand that he has lots of dudes with man crushes on him. I know that he’s probably not going to have buy low value in deeper dynasty leagues. Machado is here because he’s got the best gap power/average potential of the group plus if he gets going he will be hitting at the top end of a top 5 offense. The same could be true for Prado so keep that in mind. But keep your needle on Machado because with his slow comeback from his injury woes there may be someone who wants to deal or even feel desperate from the late return and injury concern and drop the guy. Stay tuned on Machado. This could be a premature call to look at him if you don’t own him, but keep your eyes on him. He’s a volatile piece in single season formats…
Some Non-Threebies that I like buy value on right now…
Kolten Wong, 2B: If the cards stop playing with Ellis they could play with their Wong everyday. Thirteen year olds have made their decision.
Jason Heyward, OF: Supposed to bounce back for 2-3 years. I think he actually will this year.
Charlie Morton, P: I’m not even going to break this down. We can do so in the comments if your league is deep enough to warrant talking about Mort-Chuck.
POINTS ARE POINTS. SELL THE NAME TO WIN THE GAME.
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