Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Third Base Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Fantasy Baseball Third Base 3B Rankings Updated 2.18.08

Tier 1
Alex Rodriguez, NYY - Ummm, the best!.... expect no less than .290/40/120/120/20
Miguel Cabrera, DET - .320+ AVG, 30+ HR, 100+ RBI, 100 R. Durable, Intelligent, still young, lost 20lbs, insane lineup
David Wright, NYM - See Miguel Cabrera and then add 20+ SB
Ryan Braun, MIL - Unbelievable! .324/34/97 in 451 AB, add another 150+ AB and you have MVP #'s

Tier 2
Aramis Ramirez, CHC - His power was a no show but he was super consistent and kept his AVG above .300
Chone Figgins, LAA - Almost a lock for 50+ SB, 100 R, .290+ AVG
Garrett Atkins, COL - You will see no less than .300/20/100
Chipper Jones, ATL - If he can get 500+ AB again, he's top flight! His injury proneness knocks him down a bit
Mike Lowell, BOS - Consistent, should retain most of his numbers in 2008
Ryan Zimmerman, WAS - Needs to get his AVG above .285+ to move up this list...the rest is there

Tier 3
Josh Fields, CWS - Project his numbers over a full season and your looking at a 35+ HR guy with OF versatility
Kevin Kouzmanoff, SD - A .332 minor league hitter, slumped in the first half, hit .333 w/ .386 OBP in 2nd half
Edwin Encarnacion, CIN - Labeled as a sleeper, stunk all year until late Aug/Sept when he was AWESOME!!
Adrian Beltre, SEA - You'll get the normal... .275, 20+ HR, 90 RBI ...ish....
Alex Gordon, KC - You'll see an improvement from the disappointing 2007 rookie season
Evan Longoria, TB - .299, 26HR, 95RBI, 97R, 4SB, .402OBP in his first full combined minor league season
Kevin Youkilis, BOS - Played 13 games at 3B, lacks 20+ HR power but contibutes AVG/R/OBP
Hank Blalock, TEX - Heated up after his return from injury, a great late round sleeper value pick
Ty Wiggington, HOU - Seems to like Houston, smaller park could mean his best year yet but don't get too crazy

Tier 4
Troy Glaus, STL - If he can stay on the field, he's a 30+ HR/90+ RBI guy
Joe Crede, CWS - Coming back from a back injury, has 25+ HR potential , could be traded to make room for Fields
Scott Rolen, STL - if healthy, a big if.... he's a .290+/20+ HR player..... "if"...
Eric Chavez, OAK - I just don't trust him but he's worth a sleeper flier pick
Mark DeRosa, CHC - Qualifies at 2B, 3B & OF, expect the same overall numbers in 2008
Mark Reynolds, ARI - This guy can hit and if he gets the starting 3B job out of the spring, he'll boost production
Aubrey Huff, BAL - Better year in Baltimore. Good for 15-20 HR, .275ish AVG
Casey Blake, CLE - Serviceable player who will contribute an early season hot streak, better for AL Only
Akinori Iwamura, TB - Hot start early then fizzled out. Could move to 2B to make room for Longoria
Pedro Feliz, PHI - Starting 3B in Philly makes him a candidate for 25+HR in that small park
Nomar Garciaparra, LAD - A definite injury waiting to happen, but a great value pick after the 12th round
Melvin Mora, BAL - Same ole production as usual with 8-12 stolen bases
Yuniel Escobar, ATL - Qualifies at 2B, SS & 3B, lacks power but .300+ AVG possible, sleeper candidate

The Rest
Maicer Izturis, LAA - Good solid singles hitter, good contact, better for H2H AL Only leagues
Jose A. Bautista, FLA - A bit of a coming out in 07, look for a slight increase in production, NL Only sleeper
Andy LaRoche, LAD - Has a shot to start at 3B with a good spring but has been a dud so far
Brandon Wood, LAA - Probably won't start in 2008 unless he's traded
Brandon Inge, DET - Came back to earth with only 14 HR but his .236 AVG keeps Inge a low end option
Greg Dobbs, PHI - Nice utility player in NL only leagues
Marco Scutaro, TOR - 10 games at 2B, 13 in OF and rest at SS/3B
Jeff Keppinger, CIN - Played 13 games at 3B but is blocked by the emergence of Edwin Encarnacion
Nick Punto, MIN - Qualifies at 2B, SS & 3B, could contribute 20+ SB but a .210 in '07 doesn't say much
Scott Moore, BAL - Showed he has some talent in short stint. No room with Mora at 3B but maybe in the OF?
Rich Aurilia, SF - Serviceable utility player if he plays
Scott Spiezio, STL - Same as Aurilia

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