We finish off the infield with the top 20 3rd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball.  The top 20 2010 fantasy baseball rankings from shallowest to deepest go catchers, shortstops, third basemen, 2nd basemen then 1st basemen.  That’s right, I think the 2nd basemen are deeper than the 3rd basemen.  3rd base gets the gas face.  Last year, I punted 3rd base knowing I could get Mark Reynolds late.  This year, Stewart’s my sleeper du jour, but because of the lack of 3rd base options, he’s not even making it into the 10th round of most drafts.  That’s a bad sign.  As with other top 20 rankings, I list where I see tiers beginning and ending and my projections.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball:

1. Alex Rodriguez – See the top 10 for 2010 fantasy baseball for A-Rod’s projections.

2. Evan Longoria – See the top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball for Longoria’s projections.

3. David Wright – See the top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball for Wright’s projections.

4. Ryan Zimmerman – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Sandoval.  I call this tier, “You didn’t get a top 3rd baseman, so here you are.”  Zimmerman finally came into his own last year.  The homers might plateau around 30 and the average probably won’t go above .300… Then again, he’s only 25 years old and he has some speed potential…. Then again, the Nats have put the brakes on him to avoid injury.  Either either way, Zimmerman’s on the rise with solid power, Runs, RBIs and average.  Hmm… Sounds a lot like Youuuuuk.  2010 Projections:  105/30/110/.295/5

5. Kevin Youkilis – See the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post for Youkilis’s projections.

6. Mark Reynolds – See the top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball for Reynolds’s projections.

7. Pablo Sandoval – See the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post for Sandoval’s projections.

8. Chone Figgins – This is a new tier.  This is a one man tier.  I call this tier, “You better have some serious power from your middle infielders to support Figgy’s dearth.” Figgy’s Dearth is also a great speed metal band.  2010 Projections:  105/5/55/.295/40

9. Gordon Beckham – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Beltre.  I call this tier, “Upside, no upside, upside, no upside, no upside.”  I went over my Gordon Beckham fantasy already.  At that post, I said, “Shoot, Jacquese from The Real World: San Diego could probably see the bottom.”  Then I said, “It’s impossible; LaRussa tried it briefly with Pujols.”  Finally, I said, “I love you, Gordon Beckham even if you sound British and their teeth aren’t the best.”  Hmm… Gotta work on what quotes I pull.  2010 Projections:  85/18/63/.260/14

10. Michael Young – Which percentage doesn’t fit — 8.6%, 6.9%, 7.2% or 14.9%?  If you answered anything other than 14.9%, you might’ve stopped at the “or.”  Fair enough, I do that sometimes.  Those percentages were his last four years of HR/FB.  He’s really not a 20 homer hitter or.  2010 Projections:  75/14/90/.315/10

11. Ian Stewart – I went over Stewart’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post.  He also received an Ian Stewart sleeper thing-a-ma-whosie.

12. Aramis Ramirez – He’s Pablo Sandoval with injury concerns, a slightly lower average and no upside.  Aramis is only 31 so you may not want to write him off, but he hasn’t hit more than 30 homers since 2006 so I’m writing him off.  2010 Projections:  75/25/95/.290

13. Chipper Jones – Last year, Chipper played in the most games in a season since 2003 and he had his worst season ever.  Hey, Chipper, maybe don’t push yourself so hard to play injured.  ’09 wasn’t a sign that he can’t still hit .310, just some bad luck.  2010 Projections:  75/20/85/.310/5

14. Adrian Beltre – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Cantu.  I call this tier, “You might want to drop these guys from your team before May 1st.”  God knows Beltre had his balls busted enough last year, but in 449 ABs, he hit 8 homers.  So did Gregg Zaun.  The move to Fenway has to help a bit, right?  Sure, or at least that’s what I said.  2010 Projections:  70/24/80/.275/10

15. Mark DeRosa – Is DeRosa a 20 homer hitter or a platoon player?  That’s something to *pinkie to mouth* ponderosa.  2010 Projections:  65/18/75/.265/3

16. Jorge Cantu – I could’ve put Casey Blake here, but what fun is that?  Wait, what fun is Cantu? Yeah, true.  Cantu hit 7 homers in April then took a Taco Bell-sized dump for 4 months.  The batting woes may be attributed to a sore wrist.  In September, he started hitting again.  May have been due to his wrist coming around.  Then again, maybe you’ll want to drop him by mid-April.  It’s called a flier, ya’ll.  2010 Projections:  65/18/80/.280

17. Chris Davis – Only has 11 games at 3rd base so Davis may not have eligibility in your league.  This is a new tier.  This is the last tier and I call it, “Your last chance for some upside.”  See the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post for Davis’s projections.

18. Jake Fox – Went over my Jake Fox fantasy already.  2010 Projections:  75/24/85/.250

19. Alex Gordon – You know that scene in Notting Hill when Hugh Grant walks through the market and it goes from autumn to spring?  What, not lame enough?  Okay, here’s a lamer example.  You know when Bella is staring out the window in New Moon and the seasons change as the camera goes around her?  Yeah, that’s Alex Gordon staring at his career.  He’ll only be 26 in 2010 and he’s still capable of the upside he hinted at, oh, 4 years ago when he hit 29 homers and stole 22 bases in Double-A and followed that with a 15/14 year with the Royals in 2007, but it’s really getting to be now or never.  2010 Projections:  75/17/85/.270/12

20. Casey McGehee – I went over McGehee’s projections in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

20 1/2. Andy LaRoche – This guy needs Troy Dunn to find his upside.  I contemplated leaving LaRoche off entirely because I can’t imagine him putting together a season to make him worthwhile for fantasy, except for stretches when he can be grabbed off of waivers.  2010 Projections:  75/16/70/.270/3

After the top 20 third basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball, there’s some guys, but these two stand out:

Chase Headley – First off, I’d draft Headley before LaRoche.  I only placed them in this order because I wanted to highlight Headley.  So consider him highlighted.  Headley can get 25 homers and steal 10 bases.  Will he?  Who am, Nostradumbass?  I don’t know.  But someone who can produce that should be getting more pub than he has.  I’m righting wrongs like a modern day superhero.  Well, not really, but I am wearing a cape.  2010 Projections:  70/20/85/.290/10

Brandon Wood – The Angels trust him at 3rd about as much as The Old Man trusts Chumlee, but they gotta give Wood the keys to the Imperial at some point.  Don’t they?  2010 Projections: 60/25/75/.250/7 <–optimistic, but whatever

  1. big o says:

    for me , it’s either/either a-rod , or .

  2. Steve says:

    So it’s Stewart or punt, no?

  3. GopherDay says:

    3rd base sucks this year. Maybe I’ll just hope for an A-Rod/A-Gonz combo. Or maybe a Fielder/Longoria or Wright combo.

  4. The Angels trust him at 3rd about as much as The Old Man trusts Chumlee


  5. Eddy says:

    LMAO at Alex Gordon looking at his career, I made my whole college class turn around!

    Anyways, back to business…. No not school, razzball obviouslyyyy.

    Grey, how optimistic are you being with Headley? Cuz with those numbers he should at least be moved up beyond a mention.

  6. Steve Sax says:

    hey fantasy baseballers,

    it’s early, but weigh in on which 5 you’d keep in a 5×5 roto auction league. bear in mind its standard cats except OPS instead of AVG:

    Gordon Beckham – $1,
    Carlos Gonzalez – $1,
    Andrew McCutchen – $1,
    Kendry Morales – $1,
    Ian Stewart – $1,
    Tommy Hanson – $1,
    J. DeLaRosa – $1,
    Cole Hamels – $4

  7. Tony says:

    I hate 3B.

    I’ve been looking to grab zimmerman in the 3/4th of every mock i’ve done. In a few him and Youk were gone by the time i’ve picked at the 12th spot, so end of the 3rd.

    Take a 3B early or you’re screwed, if you miss or punt til stewart you may wanna grab him in round 9 or you might miss him too. Then you’re double screwed.

    Grey is there anyway you could delete the Ian Stewart sleeper post? I’ve got about 3 leaguemates researching now like me, DELETE!!!!

  8. Critter Nagurski says:

    I would love to see all of the teams of the regular razzball readers. I bet there are two or three guys that are on at least 2/3 of the teams

  9. monti says:

    Great Pawn Stars reference. The Old Man is awesome.

    Also, I’d take a flier on Encarnacion over a number of the guys on the end of that top 20.

  10. Rabbit says:

    I can’t decide whether I like Razzball more for the fantasy advice or the old-school, semi-obscure pop culture references. 3rd base gets the Gas Face indeed; made me laugh out loud.

  11. Jo says:

    @Steve Sax: I’d go Morales, Hanson, McCutchen, Hamels. I think Hamels has a good rebound this year, and with his potential $4 aint bad. But I could also see myself going for DeLaRosa or Stewart. Depends on how you feel about Hamels, but I think McCutchen is a stud and wouldn’t let myself miss on that. Morales/Hanson seem to be the 2 sure fire guy though.

  12. Clyde Prompto says:

    Howdy, Grey. To piggyback on what Critter said, what percentage of people mocking at mockdraftcentral do you think are regular Razzballers? If the number is high, it might be skewing the ADP of guys you’re particularly fond of (Stewart, Andrus, etc.) Love the site, and I’d grow a moustache in your honor, but I’m cursed with a ridiculous babyface. By that I mean that I am very youthful looking, and not that my face looks like a baby’s when they eat something gross and make a ridiculous face.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Aw, c’mon. It’s not that bad.

    @william: You might be the only one that gets that, so glad you liked it.

    @Eddy: I’m being very optimistic. He probably won’t be drafted in most mixed leagues. He’s a last round flier if you haven’t filled in your CI or 3rd spot.

    @Steve Sax: Nice group there…. Hamels, Beckham, Kendry, Stewart and McCutchen.

    @Tony: Ha!

    @Critter Nagurski: Ha!

    @monti: Thanks! That’s not a terrible flier.

    @Rabbit: Thanks!

    @Clyde Prompto: re: face — That’s hilarious. I don’t think our influence on MDC is that strong. Bunch of youse draft at Couchmanagers too.

  14. Tony says:

    @Clyde Prompto: whatever site you use i find it interesting to actually provoke some conversation, see what some others are thinking, from time to time you’ll run into some really good drafters….

    If from how they’re talking or drafting i might ask them “are you a razzballer” if they say WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, then obviously they’re not LOL, but i have asked and found a few… it can’t hurt to just straight up ask the group….

  15. brad says:

    @Steve Sax:

    I can narrow it down to these 6, but then I’m not sure who to cut from here:

    Gordon Beckham – $1
    Carlos Gonzalez – $1
    Andrew McCutchen – $1
    Kendry Morales – $1
    Tommy Hanson – $1
    Cole Hamels – $4

    In the end I’d probably dump one of Gonzalez or McCutchen. Or maybe Hamels, but probably on OFer.

  16. brad says:

    Related to Steve Sax’s question – I haven’t done any mocking yet, where are CarGo (Col) and McCutchen going?

  17. brett says:

    @Tony: I think I’ve come to terms with drafting a 1B and 3B in the first three rounds. There’s almost no way around it.

    @Clyde Prompto: A small percentage probably, but that brings up a good question. Grey, do you mind sharing roughly how many hits you get per day?

  18. Eddy says:

    CarGo usually goes around the 10th or 11th. A bit overrated imo. And I forget mccutchen but he’s inbetween the 11-15th more or less.

    On an interesting side note I did a mockdraft last night, yahoo style so only one catcher, where Napoli was drafted in the very last round (21st). If that was not the best pick then it may have been Victorino in the 10th!

  19. finite24 says:

    I don’t see all that much difference between your Beckham projection and your Beltre projection. In fact, I think your RBI in beltre’s projection are in the bottom 20 percentile of what he’ll produce. Boston’s lineup isn’t what it was, but there is still a lot of OBP in that lineup. Beltre gets drafted two or more rounds later. Beckham may have more upside beyong his projection, but if that is what you are going to beg his most likely outcome at, Beltre is a better pick.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @finite24: Beltre is in a better lineup/park, but he was also terrible last year. I’m willing to overlook it to a degree but not completely.

  21. Tony says:

    @brett: I’m with ya on that one. I was actually just jotting down my round by round who i’m looking to snag there and made a note about getting a big 1B bat then a 3B in some form by the end of round 3. I draft 12th so its either wright or longo or i wait til the end of the 3rd and hope zimmerman or Youk are there.

    I dont like the idea one bit of taking any 3B after Pablo, and he’s not exactly what I want at 3B either. I’m as high as anyone else on Stewart that reads here, but I dont want to bank on him in my 3B slot. He pans out = MONEY, he bombs = F-me.

  22. bobbo says:

    Hey Grey, I’m in a 10team roto keeper that keeps 5 offense (2IF/2OF/1any) and 5 pitchers (2SP/2RP/1any) each year with no length of tenure limitation. I’m looking at the options below and need some advice:

    IF: Mauer, Berkman, Rollins, Wright
    OF: BJ Upton, Beltran, ManRam, Ethier, AJones, Zobrist
    SP: Lincecum, Sabathia, Wainwright, Peavy
    RP: Nathan, Street

    Obviously I need to move a pitcher sometime before the draft for some sort of upgrade since I can’t keep 4 SP. Also need some advice on the offensive keepers. I find my OF options mediocre at best.

    Sidenote: I’ve been offered HanRam and Josh Johnson for Lincecum and Rollins. Not sure if that helps out a lot, but I love me some HanRam. Also been offered Haren for Wainwright and Peavy but not too keen on that one either. As always, thanks for the advice.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: Don’t love either trade offer. I’d keep Wright, Mauer, Rollins, Upton and Jones or Ethier. Dealer’s choice. I’d lose Peavy if you can’t trade him.

  24. bobbo says:

    Damn you Grey, I hate that we think exactly the same on this one! I was hoping for some sort of Jedi advice that would blow my mind! Any OF upgrade targets that you would target with Peavy or my abundance of middling offensive “talent”?

    Also, I think I can probably get Reyes “on the cheap” from his owner but don’t know what sort of package to put together. He needs pitching as he only has Haren and Gallardo as viable keepers and is stacked on offense.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: Sorry, Bobbo. Great minds and all that. Don’t know about going for Reyes, you have Rollins. It’s not really that huge of an upgrade. Also, I don’t really hate your outfield situation to trade Peavy for someone. Maybe Peavy and Upton for Holliday?

  26. majortommy19 says:

    Love the sight, have become addicted to it since finding. I refresh it about every 20 minutes to see if you have put anything else up. Because i don’t want to talk to the guys in my league about this stuff, and my GF looks at me like Davis Silver looked at Scott when he killed himself, just wanted advice on who to keep. Yahoo H2H 6×6(Ba against and OPS are the 2 additional ones plus it is net saves and steals) Can keep 7 and CF is a position and no limit on keeper time or retribution for keeping player.
    Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Tulo, Panda, Aramis Ramirez, Figgins, Kendry Morales, Jay Bruce, Rajai Davis, Pence
    Peavy, Kershaw, Josh Johnson(other pitchers not worth mentioning)
    Would love to keep 5 hitters and 2 pitchers and would also like to have a blend of established guys and young guys with upside.
    was thinking Howard, Utley, Tulo, Panda, Jay Bruce, Kershaw and Johnson.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @majortommy19: re: David Silver — ha! Howard, Utley, Tulo, Panda, Kershaw, Johnson and Bruce works for me. Could see going Pence instead of Bruce, but Bruce has a more exciting upside and you have enough vets to carry the upside.

  28. Clyde Prompto says:

    Oooh, I’ve never been to couchmanagers, I’ll have to check that out. The result of people snagging “sleeper” bats so early in my drafts is that I’ve found quality pitching at rock-bottom prices. I got Wandy in the 19th round in my last one. I know waiting on pitching is a time honored tradition, but it seems that EVERYONE is doing it this year to an insane degree. Does it make sense to flip the script and build a totally dominant pitching staff in the early-mid rounds this year? Or is that just playing with fire.

  29. Steve says:

    @Grey: Indeed not. But Stewart looks like the last 3B you’d draft before you think “screw it, I’ll get one later. “

  30. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Not a bad idea, although I don’t think the guy with Holliday needs pitching. Always worth a try. Actually, I think the guy with Justin Upton needs pitching, so maybe I’ll offer up Peavy and change for him.

  31. brett says:

    @Tony: Yeah, that’s a tough call. In a vacuum i’d probably take Longo and one of the top 5 first basemen if they’re available. I’m willing to gamble on Stewart as my 2B or MI, but not so much at 3B.

  32. majortommy19 says:

    Pence would be there at my pick, Bruce would not. A lot of teams are in rebuilding mode and looking for young talent. That is why Johnson and Kershaw would not be there either.
    I traded away Justin Upton for Mags last year, literally the second Upton went off! i have a little history of doing that. Cut Morneau the year he won MVP literally the week he started taking off. Also didn’t keep Mauer last year because of the injury. Kept Chris Davis instead! Held on to King Felix for 3 years and cut him last year for Cole Hamels. A few years ago I traded Wright for basically a closer and a bag of balls. Also sold out and traded away Braun for Panda(needed a catcher) and Aramis last year to make a run. Lost in the finals on the last day(damn you John Danks and the illness that go Josh Johnson) So I am getting a little paranoid in judgement. Listemn to me ramble on like a school girl. So what are you into?

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Clyde Prompto: I tend to take pitching a little earlier vs. other ‘perts because of that reason, they just wait so long that I need to zig when they’re zagging.

    @Steve: That’s true.

    @bobbo: That could work.

    @majortommy19: Ha!

  34. majortommy19 says:

    I would take the HanRam Johnson deal in a second!
    As good as Lincecum is Rollins is overated.
    Expect to see an increase in Johnson’s K total this year to the low 200’s.

  35. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    I’ve been looking for a good place to start mocking, wondering where you all are doing it?

  36. Tony says:

    @Broadstreetbrawler: MDC (mockdraftcentral), there’s also couchmanagers, yahoo, and espn….

    personally i’m most familiar with MDC and like it better due to the fact you get 3 free a week and others pay to do more like $3 a month? at least you know you’re getting full mocks 95% of the time with quality people in them….

  37. bobbo says:

    @majortommy19: Which pitchers do you keep then?

  38. Steve says:

    Giants remove their Merkin.

  39. Euroalien says:

    Love your “pre-season” posts Grey! It’s the best fantasy baseball prep I’ve seen! In my 5 x 5 12 team keeper league, I might be able to make a pre-season trade – Mauer for Youkilis and Carpenter – what do you think? What do you expect from Carpenter in 2010? Thanks

  40. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Euroalien: Thanks! Carp’s risky, but with the addition of Youk it’s a solid deal for you.

  41. Ian says:

    The Brewers signed Doug Davis. Not only is Davis the definition of yawnstipating, but watching him pitch makes me a little yawnstipated. Those games take like 5 hours.

  42. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @Grey: You mention that 2B is deeper than 3B. How do you justify this given that you rank McGehee 16th for 2B and 20th for 3B?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cheese: More top guys and bottom upside guys. After Stewart, it’s a tough go.

  44. Steve says:

    Angels get Pineiro, according to Twitterland. Yeah, I’m excited too.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yay! I mean, oh.

  46. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @brett: “I think I’ve come to terms with drafting a 1B and 3B in the first three rounds. There’s almost no way around it.”

    Interesting. In Grey’s 1st posted mock (which he thought was great and most agreed with), Stewart 3B pick round 8. In his last, Headley.

    There are other options. Definitely not a must.

    Look at Grey’s top 5 from his last. I like that approach better myself.

    Just trying to give you the alternative to think outside the “must” box.

  47. Steve says:

    @Grey: Just trying to help my fellow man.
    That and I didn’t have to move from my prone position on the sofa to post it.

  48. GopherDay says:

    @Simply Fred: I think what he is saying is that it would be nice to have a top 3B, instead of a crap 3B…

  49. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: How are you on a sofa? Aren’t you on vacay? Wait, is that your vacay?

  50. Steve says:

    @Grey: On the sofa of the house we’re staying at for vacay. More crucially, the kids were leaving me alone.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Nice… You rocking an umbrella drink?

  52. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @GopherDay: And, what I am saying is that I would rather have another position top since the “top” 3Bs ain’t that tops.

  53. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ha! No, but beer o’clock is fast approaching. Swim first, though.

  54. big o says:

    @Simply Fred:
    i’m assuming that you’d like to keep this “outside the box” conversation
    with the confines of a standard-issue 5×5 roto vanilla ,
    (and i really don’t care if you view that world with either one or two catchers … take your pick) .
    because different types of leagues (h2h’s , cbs points scoring , suicide leagues , etc) have different scoring parameters and , thus , require different draft strategies .
    there are no hard and fast rules .
    try as you might , you won’t be able to apply a mathematical model that will ensure you 100 % success .
    what’s important , to me , is that i become aware of the changing values within these universes .

    back to roto :
    here’s a box theory for you ===>
    i’m taking a-rod with the 1st pick , if at all humanly possible .
    (obviously my chances improve , if i get one of the 1st 3 picks …. less so , with pick # 4) .
    round 3 or 4 , i will look for a votto or a kendry , but even morneau will be available then …. if you prefer him) .
    given the synergistic properties/values , this will easily out-perform
    any team with hanley ramirez on it .
    hell , i’ll even argue that a-rod has more value , and will out-produce
    pujols , heads-up .

    and , NO , i won’t be taking a pitcher in the 2nd round .
    and no i won’t be targeting an ian in the 10th .
    nor a dreaded pirate in the 13th .
    that’s just too rigid for me .
    i’ll see what happens when i get there .

    thoughts ??

  55. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o: Makes me think I need to take another look at Arod.

  56. Tony says:

    @big o: I’m with ya on AROD unseating PUJOLS by years end… he’s a clear cut #3 on my draft board… people would go nuts if you took him over AROD and AP, but i could easily justify it, between the stats he can put up and 3B eligibility…. he’s as good a candidate to take over as any…

    40/130 and 10 SB’s

  57. majortommy19 says:

    @bobbo: Johnson and CC(you should know that I am a Yankee fan though, broke my fathers heart) Wainwright had a good year and pitches in the NL but he doesn’t K as many as CC and just like a bowl of peanuts at a dive bar, Peavy seems to be a permanent health risk.

  58. Pochucker says:

    I think that projection for Beltre is right on and since #b is weak this year ill have to consider him as backup plan. Also among other problems didnt he play through bad thumb ligament? Or maybe that was previous year –im older than dirt.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Pochucker: It was the previous year.

  60. Keith says:

    Why is Zimmerman ahead of Reynolds in terms of 3rd baseman but ranked behind Reynolds overall (top 20)?

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Keith: He’s not ranked 20th, he was pointed as being not in the top 20.

  62. Keith says:

    @Grey: Ahhhhh! I see, says the blind man. I saw the link to the top 20 and didn’t actually go back there and look at what you wrote. That might be smart of me to do next time.

  63. Mic says:

    Yo grey… would you add brett wallace to the late round fliers or bot so much?

  64. Mic says:


  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mic: He doesn’t have a starting job, will be a spring training call.

  66. Balboni says:

    Nice Chumlee reference.

  67. Barry says:

    I wish the comments on 6 of the top 10 players weren’t linked to other pages, requires too much effort on my part. This is my favorite fb site though.

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