Third base is another position that offers great power opportunity when putting together your fantasy baseball team this season. Much like shortstop, the hot corner also has witnessed an impressive youth movement.
It didn’t seem that long ago that players like Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre, David Wright and Evan Longoria were staples. Now their time has come and gone, and while only Beltre and Longoria remain fantasy-relevant, the ones that have taken over are impressive in their own right.
At the top, Nolan Arenado is in a virtual tie for me with Kris Bryant, but I give the edge to Arenado this season. After that you probably have Manny Macahdo (also SS eligible in some leagues), Josh Donaldson and Kyle Seager in some order, but there are intriguing names beyond this rock-solid five.
The red-hot start Jake Lamb put together last season gave us glimpses of his potential, but was it legitimate? Can Jonathan Villar (could have 2B and SS eligibility too, depending on the league) continue with what he did surprisingly in 2016? Will we see Anthony Rendon realize his potential after an up-and-down campaign? And what about other young guys like Houston’s Alex Bregman and Philadelphia’s Maikel Franco? Only time will tell, but there’s certainly no lack of options for you to choose from.
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.