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Life is good! I finished my third base rankings. Had a nice relaxing week off for Thanksgiving. Went out shopping on Black Friday (Thursday) and didn’t get assaulted. And I continued to work on my projections for the 2016 MLB season, with Jordan Zimmermann being the only player of note switching teams. I fear the changes I’ll have to make once the Winter Meetings get here.

While you may be anxiously waiting for baseball season to roll around again, this is actually the busiest time of year for Fantasy Baseball writers.

In addition to the aforementioned projections, we here at socalledfantasyexperts.com are also getting a head start on our player profiles and all the other incredible content we’re planning for our 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Package. It’s going to be huge. Huge.

Until draft season rolls around though, we’ve been getting more familiar with the player pool by inviting various experts from around the industry to participate in a series of Early 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rankings.

If you missed them we’ve already covered Catcher Rankings, First Base Rankings, and Second Base Rankings. This week we move on to our first draft of Third Base Rankings for the 2016 season.

Before we get to the rankings though, let me introduce you to the crew we’ve got on hand this week.

Meet the Experts

Ray Guilfoyle – Ray is the managing editor at Fake Teams, covering fantasy baseball, football, basketball, hockey and even some English Premier League soccer. Follow him on Twitter at@FakeTeams.

Jim Finch – Jim is one of the main men over at Fantasy Assembly. It’s from him that I blatantly stole the idea of doing rankings with an associated podcast from. They were selfish at Fantasy Assembly and kept their rankings in house. We’ll forgive Jim since he’s sharing with us now. He’s on probation though. Jim is on Twitter at @TheJimFinch.

Fabian Taylor – Fabian is one of our own. His work for So-Called Fantasy Experts has been extraordinary. He’s one of the top new baseball writers in the industry and you’ll be hearing a lot more from him. Check out all his work at SCFE and follow him on twitter at @CanucksRule247

Joel Henard – Joel joined the SCFE team just recently and the podcasts we’ll do around these rankings will be the real kick-off of our relationship. He’s the voice behind The Fantasy Insiders and we’re looking forward to the skills he brings to the mic.

Mike Hilbig – Mike , @TheFantasyDr, is the co-host of The Fantasy Insider Show, where you’ll here us talk about these rankings later this week.

Doug “RotoDaddy” Anderson  – The RotoDaddy moniker came about when my son was born in 2003, not because I spank everybody in Fantasy Baseball (though it does happen quite a bit). You can follow me on Twitter at @RotoDaddy, although right now I don’t post very often because I’m buried in player projections and profiles.

Early 2016 Third Base Rankings

Player
Guilfoyle
Finch
Taylor
Henard
Hilbig
Anderson
Consensus
Josh Donaldson
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
Manny Machado
1
3
2
2
3
3
2
Nolan Arenado
3
2
3
3
2
2
3
Kris Bryant
4
5
4
4
4
4
4
Todd Frazier
5
4
5
6
7
5
5
Kyle Seager
7
8
7
5
5
9
6
Anthony Rendon
6
6
10
7
9
10
7
Evan Longoria
9
7
9
9
6
11
8
Adrian Beltre
11
9
6
10
10
8
9
Matt Carpenter
10
11
8
11
8
7
10
Maikel Franco
8
12
11
14
12
6
11
Mike Moustakas
14
14
13
8
13
13
12
Jung-ho Kang
12
10
15
15
18
14
13
Matt Duffy
19
16
14
12
11
19
14
Trevor Plouffe
17
18
16
13
22
18
15
David Wright
15
13
19
NR
14
16
16
Nick Castellanos
23
15
17
20
25
17
17
Justin Turner
16
24
12
NR
21
21
18
Chase Headley
22
NR
22
15
15
23
19
Yasmany Tomas
20
19
20
21
24
24
20
Pablo Sandoval
18
23
18
NR
20
22
21
Daniel Murphy
NR
20
24
18
NR
12
22
Jake Lamb
25
17
21
22
NR
25
23
Brett Lawrie
24
25
NR
NR
17
20
24
Martin Prado
NR
NR
NR
17
16
NR
25
Hector Olivera
21
22
23
NR
NR
NR
26
Josh Harrison
NR
21
NR
NR
NR
15
27
Yangervis Solarte
NR
NR
NR
19
19
NR
28
Luis Valbuena
NR
NR
25
25
23
NR
29
Yunel Escobar
NR
NR
NR
23
NR
NR
30

Early Sleepers and Busts at Third Base

Ray Guilfoyle:
Sleepers – Nick Castellanos, Hector Olivera
Busts – Evan Longoria, Nolan Arenado

Jim Finch:
Sleeper – Nick Castellanos

Joel Henard:
Sleeper – Nick Castellanos
Bust – Matt Duffy

Mike Hilbig:
Sleeper – Maikel Franco
Bust – Pablo Sandoval

Doug Anderson:
Sleeper: Josh Harrison|
Bust: Todd Frazier

Hopefully our Third Base Rankings have helped give you a little bit of your baseball fix. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. There doesn’t seem to be much disagreement in our rankings for the most part. Maybe that’s because after the Top 5 or 6, third base is kind of a boring position, filled with mediocrity.

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Doug Anderson took on the moniker RotoDaddy with the birth of his son in 2003. He's a veteran of the industry and has been playing Fantasy Baseball for over 20 years. His work has been seen on RotoExperts.com, SI.com, Yahoo, USAToday.com and also in the pages of various Fantasy magazines. He's currently also in charge of aggregation efforts at The Fantasy Sports Network and represents them in the LABR Mixed Experts League.
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