Third base is one of those positions that can make or break your fantasy team.
It is definitely a case of the haves against the have nots at third base and you certainly don't want to be a have not when it comes to filling your third base slot. The difference between the elite third basemen and even the mediocre ones can leave you scrambling all season long.
In the American League there are really only a handful of third basemen you should even consider taking in the first half of your fantasy draft. After you get past the three elite guys at third base in the American League (see Nos. 3, 2, 1) you are basically just drafting some power and RBI and sacrificing all other areas.
At third base you need power and RBI. Those are the mandatory categories you must have from any corner infielder. Average, runs and steals, well, those are bonuses at third base and you won't get those three areas from your everyday, average third baseman, even in the American League. You need a third baseman who at least has the chance of hitting 20 homers and driving in 80 runs if you want to avoid attacking the waiver wire or testing the trade winds even before the season starts.
There are, however, 10 solid third basemen in the American League who can prevent you from destroying your season. Of course, third base is one of the riskiest positions in fantasy baseball. Third basemen always seem to be getting hurt and missing time. Just ask Alex Rodriguez, who didn't even make our Top 10.
One of our third basemen on this list is worthy of a first-round pick (see No. 1), another is worthy of a Top 3 round pick (see No. 2). And another is worthy of getting picked in the first 5 rounds (see No. 3). Other than that, well, be patient.
But don't wait too long. You don't want to be left with Jeff Keppinger or Brent Morel at third.
The Top 10 American League fantasy baseball third basemen . . .