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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Third Base Rankings

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Opening Day is just a few weeks away and Athlon Sports has all the fantasy baseball rankings you need to get you ready for the upcoming season.

Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web to compile an updated consensus Top 200 as well as positional breakdowns.

Jose Bautista still leads the way at third base, that is until Miguel Cabrera gains position eligibility at the hot corner.

Hanley Ramirez is also making the switch to third, and for what it's worth, he would come in behind Evan Longoria in these rankings. Neither he nor Cabrera appear below because they have not gained third-base eligibility at this point.

David Wright is someone to keep an eye on these next few weeks as he is dealing with a torn abdominal muscle in his left side. It's the same injury that fellow third baseman Ryan Zimmerman suffered during spring training last season.

Zimmerman originally tried to play it through, but was put on the DL shortly after the start of the season and ended up having surgery in early May. He finally returned in the middle of June, but it took him a few weeks to get going and he finished the season with career lows in both home runs (12) and RBIs (49).

Wright is trying to let his abdominal muscle heal with rest and treatment in hopes of avoiding surgery, but it's a situation that definitely bears watching.

Brett Lawrie has been tearing the cover off of the ball during spring training, which probably is part of the reason for his slight rise in the Top 200 and passing Michael Young in the third base rankings.

The biggest risers at third in the rankings are Martin Prado (No. 140 overall, up from No. 157) and David Freese (No. 166, up from No. 198).

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Rank Position ranking
OVR
Overall ranking on The Big Board
LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012

AS – Athlon Sports (updated 3/19/12)
CBS – CBSSportsline.com (as of 3/16/12)
ESPN – (updated 3/13/12)
FOX – FOXSports.com (updated 3/7/12)
MLB – MLB.com (as of 3/15/12)
RC – RotoChamp.com (updated 3/18/12)
RS – RotoSummit.com (updated 2/27/12)
USA — USAToday.com (updated 2/13/12)
Y! – Yahoo! Sports (updated 2/24/12)*

*Yahoo! ranked only 120 players on their list, while Athlon's Big Board contains 200. The aggregated scores of the other eight big boards were used to extrapolate Yahoo!’s rankings to 200 players.

Athlon Sports Fantasy Rankings**: Big Board | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

**Positional rankings will be updated throughout the week

Rank

OVR

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

5

4

Jose Bautista

TOR

3B/OF

11

2

5

6

3

6

5

5

5

2

18

17

Evan Longoria

TB

3B

33

20

11

16

17

19

16

7

13

3

28

30

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

31

37

27

34

29

53

23

29

26

4

34

29

David Wright

NYM

3B

73

23

29

24

20

91

26

23

29

5

35

36

Ryan Zimmerman

WAS

3B

29

42

34

42

32

60

47

24

33

6

39

48

Pablo Sandoval

SF

3B

34

54

33

44

68

27

38

69

39

7

48

56

Brett Lawrie

TOR

3B

71

55

46

67

44

33

63

71

45

8

59

53

Michael Young

TEX

1B/2B/3B

74

56

95

43

101

26

57

75

61

9

62

61

Alex Rodriguez

NYY

3B

98

66

67

50

53

83

72

58

46

10

69

72

Kevin Youkilis

BOS

1B/3B

58

45

98

59

77

105

76

68

60

11

74

74

Aramis Ramirez

MIL

3B

89

107

58

64

86

62

73

57

74

12

115

113

Mark Reynolds

BAL

1B/3B

120

98

156

107

111

101

123

124

128

13

135

125

Emilio Bonifacio

MIA

SS/3B/OF

124

114

213

83

-

109

142

172

119

14

140

157

Martin Prado

ATL

3B/OF

152

122

168

128

150

115

162

157

150

15

159

164

Ryan Roberts

ARI

2B/3B

162

123

165

112

192

162

189

180

155

16

166

198

David Freese

STL

3B

145

192

194

160

145

169

-

117

167

17

174

180

Mike Moustakas

KC

3B

186

181

190

130

-

149

-

148

172

18

203

194

Edwin Encarnacion

TOR

3B

-

-

-

144

162

-

-

-

191

19

220

NR

Chase Headley

SD

3B

-

179

-

-

-

188

-

184

-

20

256

NR

Mike Aviles

BOS

2B/SS/3B

-

-

-

-

191

-

-

-

-

21

269

NR

Pedro Alvarez

PIT

3B

-

-

-

200

-

-

-

-

-

Other names to consider (in alphabetical order): Lonnie Chisenhall (CLE, 3B), Chris Davis (BAL, 1B/3B), Macier Izturis (LAA, 2B/SS/3B), Chipper Jones (ATL, 3B), Jed Lowrie (HOU, SS/3B), Daniel Murphy (NYM, 1B/2B/3B), Placido Polanco (PHI, 3B), Sean Rodriguez (TB, 2B/SS/3B), Scott Sizemore (OAK, 2B/3B), Ian Stewart (CHC, 3B), Danny Valencia (MIN, 3B), Ty Wigginton (PHI, 1B/3B/OF)

— By Mark Ross, updated on March 21, 2012

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