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2008 Fantasy Preview: Third Basemen
01/30/2008 4:27 PM ET
Below is a chart of every third baseman ranked and covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 mixed-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.
Dollar values based on standard 5x5 play, $260 budget per 23-man team.   
Mixed rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: AL 3B | NL 3B
 Third Basemen TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Alex RodriguezNYY41.3051234513118Best fantasy player ever at this position.
David WrightNYM37.3221123211127Already among the best and still getting better.
Miguel CabreraDET36.336106331284Elite young masher joining a top-shelf offense
Ryan BraunMIL34.2891113910719Budding star, even if he declines after historic debut.
Aramis RamirezCHC29.30395371191Consistent, reliable slugger still capable of a career year.
Garrett AtkinsCOL25.31194271092Last year was no fluke, so expect more of the same.
Chipper JonesATL24.3229026894A force when healthy, but have a backup plan.
Ryan ZimmermanWAS24.29086241086Move from RFK could lead to breakout season.
Adrian BeltreSEA22.27785259212Forget '04; still as consistent as they come.
Chone FigginsLAA21.29310145848Won't hit .330 again but will rack up the steals again.
Alex GordonKC18.27881238415Possible value pick after underwhelming debut.
Edwin EncarnacionCIN16.29279218411Hot streaks show upside, but needs consistency.
Mike LowellBOS16.2957618942Perfect match of reliability player, ballpark and club.
Troy GlausSTL13.2577229850Will miss Roger Centre but enjoy playing on grass again.
Hank BlalockTEX13.2897422872A major sleeper if he's truly healthy again.
Scott RolenTOR13.2867116774Will love Roger Centre, but can he stay healthy?
Kevin KouzmanoffSD13.2927419832Bat emerged in second half, but Chase Headley looms.
Ty WiggintonHOU13.2726823871Should enjoy his new park and favorable lineup spot.
Melvin MoraBAL12.2696817685Hot first half showed his bat isn't done yet.
Yunel EscobarATL10.3059085510Primed to excel in everyday role.
Kevin YoukilisBOS10.2929415763No fireworks here, just solid all-around production.
Evan LongoriaTB9.2808020802Only a matter of time before 3B job is his.
Josh FieldsCWS9.2585118571Must beat out Joe Crede or return to Triple-A.
Mark ReynoldsARI8.2476517591Capable of 30 homers and alarming strikeout totals.
Akinori Iwamura TB7.28288105814Won't match his homer totals in Japan but has his uses.
Joe CredeCWS7.2576119721Will have to prove back is sound, hold off Fields.
Aubrey HuffBAL7.2745519633Usually doesn't heat up until second half.
Eric ChavezOAK6.2595715621Talent is there, but he's a walking medical dictionary.
Chad Tracy ARI6.2816112511Must overcome injury and Mark Reynolds to reclaim job.
Casey BlakeCLE6.2687118775Steady but unspectacular vet.
Pedro FelizPHI5.2517824800Power numbers headed northward in Philly.
Jose BautistaPIT5.2586417634Late bloomer with some pop an NL-only sleeper.
Mike LambMIN5.2836116640Productive platoon player could steal everyday job.
Mark DeRosaCHC5.2846310572Super-utilityman has likely already peaked.
Chase HeadleySD4.2805712601Switch-hitter with pop deserves shot.
Bill HallMIL3.2746818666No lock to bounce back from '07 struggles.
Nomar GarciaparraLAD3.2815611524Andy LaRoche's injury offers fading vet new life.
Andy LaRocheLAD3.274489441Thumb injury could sideline him until June.
Brandon IngeDET3.2495414516Trade for Miguel Cabrera relegates him to utility role.
Ryan FreelCIN2.2595042025Likely to be forced back into utility role.
Brandon WoodLAA1.247257253Very young with tons of power.
Rich AuriliaSF1.268358411Huge home park squashes value.
Maicer IzturisLAA1.300506469Quality utilityman usually finds way to earn PT.
Morgan EnsbergNYY1.2573613310Journeyman faces uphill battle for PT in New York.
Ian StewartCOL1.271419424Power-hitting 3B giving 2B a try.
Wilson BetemitNYY1.2664816491Could make impact if injuries create opportunity.
Andy MarteCLE1.258197210Failed auditions so far but could get another shot.
Nick PuntoMIN1.2754012215Has speed but no value when not hitting for AVG.
Alberto CallaspoKC1.277293242Has keeper-league value as potential starter in '09.
Scott MooreBAL1.2503512452Blocked by vets but could help as utility guy.
Greg DobbsPHI1.278376322Value squashed by Pedro Feliz signing.
Jose CastilloFLA1.255266301Light bat for a MI, never mind 3B.
Jeff KeppingerCIN1.314426383Good average hitter could see extended PT.
Alfredo AmezagaFLA1.268302169PT likely to drop with OF prospect Maybin on board.
Robb QuinlanLAA1.271254231Can hit lefties but won't get many chances.
Aaron BooneWAS1.265215211Useful bat but will struggle for playing time.
Wes HelmsPHI1.258234210Would benefit from change of scenery.
Tony AbreuLAD1.288181191Hits for a little AVG but has little power or speed.
Shea HillenbrandFA1.248164180Former RBI machine looking for work.
Joel GuzmanTB1.215125140Eternal prospect slated for another season at Triple-A.
Alex CintronCHC1.259162181Backup infielder has minimal value.
Dallas McPhersonFLA1.216156150Opportunities running out for former prospect.
Russell BranyanFA1.219197230Will hurt your AVG even if he hits a few HR.
Jeff CirilloFA1.262142160Utility player and pinch-hitter has no value.
Neil WalkerPIT1.260153142Could be ready for PIT hot corner.
Ramon VazquezTEX1.231235201Has a little pop but won't play enough to help.
Scott Spiezio FA 1 .268 26 4 28 0 Great chin scruff, but no team.
Russ AdamsTOR1.2448180No role with TOR means no fantasy value.
Corey KoskieMIL1.0000000Concussion may have ended solid career.
Abraham NunezPHI1.21611080Can only hurt, not help, your team.
Matt KataPIT1.234101100Utilityman without upside or playing time.
Andy GonzalezCLE1.212111132Will spend year in Triple-A or on the bench.
Travis MetcalfTEX1.2218180Missed chance to impress and might not get another.
Brian BuscherMIN1.2417090Already old for a prospect and has no real upside.
Matt TuiasosopoSEA1.2324141Needs more time, blocked by Beltre.

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