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Fantasy Baseball: Jason's 3B Rankings

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  1. Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
  2. Evan Longoria (Rays)
  3. David Wright (Mets)
  4. Mark Reynolds (Diamondbacks)
  5. Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox)
  6. Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals)
  7. Pablo Sandoval (Giants)
  8. Gordon Beckham (White Sox)
  9. Aramis Ramirez (Cubs)
  10. Chone Figgins (Mariners)
  11. Michael Young (Rangers)
  12. Ian Stewart (Rockies)
  13. Jorge Cantu (Marlins)
  14. Casey Blake (Dodgers)
  15. Chipper Jones (Braves)
  16. Adrian Beltre (Red Sox)
  17. Chase Headley (Padres)
  18. Troy Glaus (Braves)
  19. Mike Lowell (Red Sox)
  20. Mark DeRosa (Giants)

My thoughts:

  • I think that Aramis Ramirez will return to form this season and back to being a 30-100 power hitting 3B.
  • Jorge Cantu seems like a forgotten player, but he did drive in 100 runs last year and is eligible at 1B as well.
  • I am not sold on Adrian Beltre returning to form. I don't have a particularly good reason for that, and there's nothing really I can point to about it, but I'm just not feeling it.
  • I ranked Mike Lowell on the assumption that he's still going to get traded somewhere with playing time. He can be productive assuming he does.
  • If you draft Chipper Jones, make sure you remember he's probably only going to play between 120 and 140 games. He's not particularly likely to play more than that based on his history.
  • I like Ian Stewart to have a better year this season now that he knows he's got a full-time job all but sewn up.
  • David Wright could be a top-10 player again if he can find even some of the power he had before. I think he'll do it.
  • I love Troy Glaus as a sleeper this season. If he stays healthy (yes, that's a big IF), he could post a 30-HR season.

There's not a lot of 3B help coming from the minors, as both Pedro Alvarez and Brett Wallace are both widely thought to be moved to 1B at the Major League level.