Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy: Third Base

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: 2019 ultimate cheat sheetAs we’re doing with every position, we’re breaking down our 3B rankings into what we call “True Tiers”, which group players based on their type of production. If you’re looking to draft a 3B in the seventh round but you already have a bunch of sluggers, that could change your target to more of a power-speed  threat than just another low-average masher.Fortunately, this is a position with options, so let’s look at how you should approach it depending on your overall draft philosophy. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Who are the best fantasy baseball 3Bs?Eligibility based on Yahoo default settingsYou can make a strong argument that all of the players in Tier 1 should be first-round picks, but at least a couple will likely fall to at least the second round. Manny Machado might be the biggest worry because of his new home park and sub-par career splits away from Baltimore, but his talent and age make him tough to write off as anything less than a top-tier talent.As we always note, Tier 1B is not “worse” than Tier 1A — it’s just different. In this case, we’ve put Jose Ramirez and Javier Baez in their own group because they’re likely to steal 20-plus bases. Kris Bryant, Alex Bregman, and even Machado could steal 10-15 bases themselves, but their overall SB upside is below that of Ramirez and Baez. Overall, all are good fits as cornerstones of your team. Obviously, we’re expecting a bounce-back in the power department from Bryant, and you know what you’re getting there from Nolan Arenado. Baez won’t give you the average of the rest of these guys, but his eligibility at three premium infield positions gives you invaluable roster flexibility. The real question is if you’d actually play any other than Arenado and Bryant as your primary 3B. Even if you target and nab one in the first two rounds, you might still be looking for someone to man the hot corner. That’s a good problem to have.TIER 1AJose Ramirez, Indians (also eligible at 2B)Javier Baez, Cubs (2B, SS)TIER 1BNoland Arenado, RockiesKris Bryant, Cubs (OF)Alex Bregman, Astros (SS)Manny Machado, Padres (SS)More Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Short | Outfield | Starter | Closer2019 Fantasy Baseball 3B Rankings: Tier 2This is a relatively small tier, and whether that speaks to the abilities of these players or the uncertainty of the players in Tier 3 is open for interpretation. Anthony Rendon seems to be the consensus No. 7 3B, and while he doesn’t really steal bases anymore, he’s arguably the best bet after the top six to hit .300. That will likely come with around 25 HRs, 90-plus runs and 90-plus RBIs. He’s a solid player to target in the early middle rounds, as he’ll help balance out any type of team, but he’s not the type of player you need to reach for. There are a couple “middle-class versions” of Rendon available several rounds later. If you’re low on steals, then Myers is a solid target, though early mock draft trends suggest you can wait a bit. Health and batting average are concerns, but you’re not going to find any other legit 25/25 candidates at 3B. We seem to be alone in ranking Myers ahead of all the players in Tier 2B, but, again, if you have steals already and are looking for power, then Travis Shaw, Miguel Andujar, and Eugenio Suarez probably make more sense.Admittedly, we’re higher on Shaw than most — and he’ll likely be drafted as a 2B anyway — but he still fits the bill as a consistent medium-average slugger. Andujar hit .297 last year and Suarez posted a respectable .282 mark, so it’s possible both exceed our expectations in that category, though Andujar seems like a better bet. Because of his relative lack of experience, we’re grouping him in this tier for now, but his upside is undeniable.TIER 2AAnthony Rendon, NationalsTIER 2BMiguel Andujar, YankeesEugenio Suarez, RedsTravis Shaw, Brewers (1B, 2B)TIER 2CWil Myers, Padres (OF)SLEEPERS & BUSTS: All-Breakout Team | All-Overrated TeamFantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Middle-round 3Bs to targetLet’s just get this out of the way right now — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. isn’t going to be available in the “middle rounds”, or perhaps even the “early middle rounds”. We’ll get back to him in minute.Matt Carpenter will also likely be gone, but the rest of these guys are targets to come off the board around the ninth or 10th round of a 12-team draft. We’ve broken these players down by low- to mid-average power hitters (with question marks), mid-average power hitters who score a lot of runs, and higher-average, medium-power hitters. Just to reiterate: The players in Tier 3C aren’t “worse” than those in Tier 3A, just different.The sluggers in Tier 3A all offer production but with questions: Can Josh Donaldson stay healthy? Is Mike Moustakas guaranteed to play every day? Will Rafael Devers take the next step? Was Max Muncy a one-year wonder? Moustakas won’t be eligible at 2B on draft day, but if he plays there like Milwaukee is saying, both he and Muncy could get scooped up as 2Bs, further limiting the 3B player pool. Watch for that as you’re tracking 3Bs and who needs them during your draft.Carpenter seems like a “sure thing”, but his 36 HRs last year were by far a career high. At 33, it’s tough to expect him to do that again, but he’ll get on base and score a bunch of runs while at least hitting around 25 HRs. Chapman looks to be built in the same mold, though he still has some HR upside in him. Both make for solid additions to teams that have loaded up on big-time RBI producers early. We think Carpenter is going off the board a little early, but given his versatility, it’s easy to see why he’s coveted.Guerrero is even more coveted, and his minor league track record speaks for itself. While he figures to make an instant splash, there are two reasons we’re not ranking him quite as highly as many: He could easily miss more time than you think in the minors (i.e. a month as opposed to two weeks), and he’s only played 30 games above Double-A. An adjustment period is to be expected. It’s tough to rank him ahead of such proven producers at the position, but we don’t blame anyone for jumping on him early.Justin Turner is one of those “middle-class man’s” Rendons we mentioned earlier. He’s older and has injury issues, but he’s going to hit .300 and have similar counting stats if he stays healthy. You get a four-round discount because of the extra risk, but that might be worth it if you get good value on another position earlier in the draft.Ultimately, you can live with anyone from Tier 3 as your starting 3B, and there’s a case to be made it’s a better strategy than splurging on Rendon, Andujar, or Suarez.TIER 3AJosh Donaldson, BravesMike Moustakas, Brewers (2B*)Rafael Devers, Red SoxMax Muncy, Dodgers (1B, 2B)TIER 3BMatt Carpenter, Cardinals (1B, 2B)Matt Chapman, A’sTIER 3CVladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue JaysJustin Turner, Dodgers2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamFantasy baseball breakouts and bounce-backsThe difference between some of the players in this tier compared to those in the tier above is negligible in many ways. Those in Tier 4A are very similar to those in Tier 3A — low-average, 25-plus-HR upside. They come with even more questions, though, namely age (Carlos Santana is almost 33, Kyle Seager is 31), injuries (Jake Lamb missed most last season because of a bum shoulder, Miguel Sano will miss at least the first month of this year because of a heel injury), and limited upside (Maikel Franco, Eduardo Escobar). You’re better off with these guys as backups or CIs, but if you really want to wait at 3B, you can get good value with these players in the middle rounds.Tier 4B is the better group to mine from if you’re looking for a backup. All four players can steal some bases, which is tough to find at 3B, while also giving you 20 HRs. Yoan Moncada has the most upside, but he won’t be eligible at 3B at the start of the year. Nick Senzel likely won’t have a starting job on opening day, making him more of a long-term investment (but one that could really pay off). Ian Happ will also be a utility player, but he has major power and could finish 30/10, albeit with a low average. Jurickson Profar has post-hype appeal, but he struggled away from Texas last year, giving us a little pause, at least as a 3B.Guriel is a high-average, low-power guy, but he should get everyday at-bats and can play three positions, so he’s not a bad guy to have around, especially in deep leagues.TIER 4ACarlos Santana, Indians (1B)Jake Lamb, D-backs (1B*)Miguel Sano, Twins (1B)Maikel Franco, PhilliesEduardo Escobar, D-backsTIER 4BYoan Moncada, White Sox* (2B)Nick Senzel, Reds (OF*)Ian Happ, Cubs (OF)Jurickson Profar, A’s (1B, 2B, SS)TIER 4CYuli Gurriel, Astros (1B, 2B)Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: 3BNot all of these guys are “sleepers”, namely Evan Longoria, Jed Lowrie, Zack Cozart, and Todd Frazier, but all might be undervalued. Tier 5A features guys with 20-HR upside, with Wilmer Flores (new hitting environment) and Renato Nunez (32 HRs in Triple-A in 2017) standing out as the biggest breakout candidates.Tier 5B is high-OBP guys who should score runs. Daniel Robertson will have to battle for at-bats, but he has more homer upside than Brian Anderson. Consider these guys poor-man’s Carpenters/Chapmans.Tier 5C features guys who can steal bases and play all over the field. Hernan Perez and Joey Wendle aren’t guaranteed at-bats, but if they play, they’re not bad guys to have on your bench. All are capable of popping around 10 HRs, too. A few guys in this tier might be worth investing in in the late-middle rounds, but for the most part, these are late-rounders in deep leagues.TIER 5AWilmer Flores, D-backs (1B, 2B)Asdrubal Cabrera, Rangers (2B, SS)Kyle Seager, MarinersJung Ho Kang, PiratesJeimer Candelario, TigersEvan Longoria, GiantsJed Lowrie, Mets (2B)Ryan McMahon, Rockies (1B, 2B)Renato Nunez, OriolesZack Cozart, AngelsJohan Carmargo, Braves (SS)Todd Frazier, Mets (1B*)TIER 5BBrian Anderson, Marlins (OF)Daniel Robertson, Rays (2B, SS)TIER 5CHernan Perez, Brewers (2B, SS, OF)Joey Wendle, Rays (2B, SS, OF)Niko Goodrum, Tigers (1B, 2B, SS, OF) Fantasy Baseball Deep Sleepers: 3BIt’s going to take some injuries or surprise breakouts for any of these guys to be worthy of a fantasy roster spot, even in deep leagues, but Hunter Dozier is still young, Jedd Gyorko has hit 30 HRs in a season before, and Eduardo Nunez is two years removed from an All-Star appearance, so don’t completely ignore them.TIER 6Eduardo Nunez, Red Sox (2B)Hunter Dozier, Royals (1B)Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox (2B*)Tim Beckham, Mariners (SS)Martin Prado, MarlinsJedd Gyorko, Cardinals (2B)Matt Duffy, Giants (2B)David Fletcher, Angels (2B)Brandon Drury, Blue Jays* = Not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there throughout the season Third base looks absolutely stacked, so you might be thinking you don’t really need a draft strategy for the position. Even if you don’t get one of the top studs — which you might not since all but one are eligible at another position in many leagues — there are plenty of solid “consolation prizes” a little further down in the 3B rankings. Even dropping a tier or two on your cheat sheet could yield 30-plus HRs or 25/25 production (or top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who could outproduce even the most generous projections). But any seasoned fantasy owner knows it’s not just about production — it’s about the type of production. Third base is a position where a lot of the production seems the same, but because of multi-position-eligible players, you can shake it up a bit if you’re really hurting in steals or another specific category. Regardless of what you’re looking for, there will be viable options throughout the draft — the key is knowing who to target and when to target them.last_img read more

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Hundred Competitors at the B&H Championship

first_img(Source: Nezavisne novine) Hundred competitors from numerous clubs of the Republic of Srpska and of the Federation of B&H participate at the B&H Mountain Bike Championship in Vlasenica.The competitions are held on the 3,5 km long Lijepa Ravan road. The participants are teams from Bihać, Bosanska Krupa, Banja Luka, Doboj, Tuzla, Sarajevo, Modriča, Živinice, Goražde, Široki Brijeg and the hosts – members of the Bike club KPL from Vlasenica.During this Championship the competitors are given the chance to win UCI points necessary to participate in the international competitions and the Olympics in Brazil in 2016. – said the Organization team’s captain Željko Lukić for Srna agency.“According to our guests, the track here is pretty demanding and hard to pass, but well prepared” – states Lukić who is also President of the KPL club.The director of the Cycling Federation of B&H Vladimir Kuvelja concluded that the track is well prepared for the competition.“The track is rather demanding and interesting at the same time which means those who are best prepared will win.” – said Kuvelja.The sponsors of the competition are Municipality of Vlasenica and the Cycling Federation of B&H.last_img read more

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Putin leaves World Cup ball in Trump’s half

first_img0Shares0000US President Donald Trump threw the soccer ball he received from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to aides, saying he would keep it for his 12-year-old son © AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKIHELSINKI, Finland, Jul 16 – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with American leader Donald Trump on Monday by tossing him a World Cup football.Trump had congratulated his opposite number on Russia’s successful hosting of the competition, which came to a climax on Sunday a day before the Helsinki summit. Facing a barrage of questions about the war in Syrian and Russia’s alleged role in Trump’s 2016 election victory, both men broke into brief smiles as the Kremlin chief handed over the souvenir.“Speaking about having the ball in our court in Syria,” Putin said, in an awkward change of subject. “President Trump has just mentioned that we’ve successfully concluded the football World Cup.“Speaking of football, actually, Mr President, I will give the ball to you and now the ball is in your court. All the more as the United States will host the World Cup in 2026.”A man displaying a placard reading “nuclear weapons ban treaty” was escorted out of the room ahead of a joint press conference by the US and Russian presidents at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki © AFP / Brendan SmialowskiTrump cheerfully returned the compliment, saying he hoped the United States would host an equally successful competition, and promised to give the ball to his 12-year-old son Barron.The exchange appeared to amuse the two leaders but it did not go down so well back in Washington, where many figures from both sides of the political spectrum felt Trump had been too trusting of Putin’s denials of covert interference.“If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House,” hawkish Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham said on Twitter.In a separate incident shortly before the presidents arrived for the news conference an apparent protester was dragged away by security bearing a sign referring to the nuclear test ban treaty.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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TWENTY JOBS SAVED AS DEAL DONE TO KEEP BLANEY SHOPS OPEN

first_imgA total of 20 jobs have been saved after a rescue deal was done to keep open two service stations owned by the Blaney family.Lagg Service Station in Milford.The Lagg Service Station in Milford and Blaney’s Shop at Kerrykeel recently went into receivership.However, Sean Carr of Dublin-based Vision Accountancy, has confirmed that after protracted and prolonged discussions with KPMG, the businesses will remain open. The deal was signed on Tuesday in Dublin.The welcome news comes just weeks after an additional 30 jobs were saved in the Brewery Bar and the Central Bar in Letterkenny in June, buisnesses also owned by the Blaney family.It is understood that the deal hit a number of stumbling blocks over the last few weeks but these issues have now been finally resolved.Mr Carr told the Tirconail Tribune that Milford and Kerrykeel and its rural hinterland without these two vital two shops would be too horrendous to contemplate. He said the locality and the community would be very much the poorer and with the Fanad and Rosguill peninsulas heavily dependent on tourism, it was vital that these business remained opened.“No tourists coming to Donegal want to see shutters on doors and if a business closes it is virtually impossible to get the business up and going again.“Closing the doors is the easiest option for banks but the most costly one in the long term for the banks and destroys staff lives and families never mind the damage it does to the businesses.“It comes to a massive relief to the staff and their families and if a rescue deal was not agreed it only add further to the withdrawal of essential rural services and rural decline.”Mr Carr, the Fanad born debt restructurer expert, has been involved in debt restructuring cases throughout Ireland, Europe and USA. He said he is deeply concerned about the future of businesses in Donegal and has called on the government for urgent action for businesses to be given some form of grant aid to access to specialist restructures.The no nonsense and tough style negotiator, is hoping to hold a number of one to one free meetings with SMEs in Donegal over the coming weeks.“It be would be very easy for me to idly stand by and let the destruction to happen but I would be hopefully be able to look back in ten years and say I made some small difference in saving jobs and communities.“I took a conscious decision not to act for banks and who has saved over 100 in Donegal indirectly and directly in the last 18 months alone, some restructures count the number of cases they have as the barometer of their success but I also count the number of jobs that I have not been able to save,” he added. TWENTY JOBS SAVED AS DEAL DONE TO KEEP BLANEY SHOPS OPEN was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Blaney familyKPMGLagg Service StationSean Carrlast_img read more

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