After the last message about fantasy football, we will resume our Re-Rank series, continuing with Third Base. I ask that you please check out our other ranks: SP, RP, and OF covered in the previous month. Third base is an interesting position; there are nine studs, many of whom are injury prone, and then a large drop off with a tier of 2B/3B men. Typically we would not advocate using a 2B in your 3B spot like a Jedd Gyorko, because you could get more positional value in a trade, but this year I have no issue with it. Below is the re-rank for a 5X5 Roto Yahoo Pro League.
Buy High: Manny Machado. If there is an owner who does not value Manny as a top 50 fantasy player, gladly take Machado off their hands. Perhaps you could deal a name guy like a Stephen Strasburg, Giancarlo Stanton or a Bryce Harper (assuming you need 3B). Aside from Miguel Cabrera, Manny is the only top 9 3B whose injury history/age is free of red flags.
Sell High: Pablo Sandoval. The top tier of third basemen, containing the top nine, has multiple injury prone people. Pablo is the one currently battling a foot injury, and I have always found him to have a bit too much perceived value.
Buy Low: Chase Headley. I think the hate has gone too far now on Chase Headley. Yes, his numbers were inflated by a ridiculous 2nd half last year and he is struggling this season after coming back from injury, but Chase Headley went 95/31/115/17/.286. I think you can get Headley for .80 on the dollar and even if he performs at three-quarters of last year’s performance, acquiring him would pay off. Besides as someone with Michael Young/David Freese stock, it is definitely advantageous to have a top 9 3B.
Sell Low: Kevin Youkilis, Brett Lawrie, Will Middlebrooks. If you can get anything for these guys by finding an AL East fan, pull the trigger.
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