Whoa.

As long as you get one of The Next-Best Things at a position, you feel like you did OK there, right? That’s kind of my minimum threshold for a standard mixed-league roster — one that’s not always attainable but, you know … it’s ideal.

Don’t have to worry about it at third base. A full 17 players meet that distinction here.

If you’re wondering how you might fill your DH spot on Draft Day, this is a good place to start.

The Elite: Nolan Arenado,
Kris Bryant
,
Josh Donaldson
,
Manny Machado

The Near-Elite: Matt Carpenter,
Jonathan Villar
,
Kyle Seager
,
Alex Bregman
,
Adrian Beltre

The Next-Best Things: Todd Frazier,
Evan Longoria
,
Anthony Rendon
,
Justin Turner
,
Jose Ramirez
,
Eduardo Nunez
,
Miguel Sano
,
Maikel Franco

The Fallback Options: Jake Lamb,
Jung Ho Kang
,
Yoan Moncada
,
Yangervis Solarte

The Last Resorts: 
Hernan Perez
,
Jose Reyes
,
Yulieski Gurriel
,
Ryon Healy
,
Mike Moustakas
,
Nick Castellanos
,
Brandon Drury
,
Travis Shaw
,
Javier Baez
,
Jedd Gyorko

The Leftovers: Jurickson Profar,
Eugenio Suarez
,
Martin Prado
,
Joey Gallo
,
Matt Duffy
,
Jhonny Peralta
,
Adonis Garcia
,
Pablo Sandoval
,
Chase Headley

Third base will be the most drafted position in the first round, with all four of The Elite coming off the board. So really, it’s the deepest from top to bottom.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t gain an advantage there. As full as every tier is, the distinctions between them are about as well defined as at any position. So any time one is nearing completion is the perfect time to pounce.

And since you know you’ll likely be drafting more than one anyway, you don’t necessarily have to wait until the end of a tier. Like Bregman’s upside even with Seager and Beltre still on the board? Well, who could blame you? It doesn’t mean you can’t grab one of those other two the next round, particularly if you play in a Rotisserie league that requires an extra corner infielder. It just depends how the tiers are shaping up at the other positions.

You may even stumble into a third baseman in your pursuit of those other positions. Of the 17 contained in the first three tiers, six — Bryant, Machado, Carpenter, Villar, Ramirez, Nunez and Sano — are eligible elsewhere, so even in the unlikely event that those tiers deplete faster than expected, the versatility can help you capitalize on inefficiencies elsewhere, like at second base with Carpenter.

The Fallback Options offer plenty of upside, with Lamb performing like an All-Star for the first half last year and Moncada rated by some publications as the No. 1 prospect coming into 2017. Even The Last Resorts aren’t exactly chumps, with most showing the potential for 20-plus homers with full-time at-bats.

Bottom line is you’ll have a really hard time messing up third base in 2017, and yet the distribution of talent is so even that you wouldn’t want to wait forever to dip into it either. Anticipate drafting more than one, but if other positions keep demanding your attention, no biggie. You’ll probably still land a good one without even trying.

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