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2008 Fantasy Preview: NL-Only 3B
02/04/2008 3:48 PM ET
Below is a chart of every NL third baseman 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 NL-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.    
NL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed 3B | AL 3B
 Third Base TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
David Wright NYM 42 .322 112 32 111 27 Already among the best and still getting better.
Ryan Braun MIL 38 .289 111 39 107 19 Budding star, even if he declines after historic debut.
Aramis Ramirez CHC 33 .303 95 37 119 1 Consistent, reliable slugger still capable of a career year.
Garrett Atkins COL 26 .311 94 27 109 2 Last year was no fluke, so expect more of the same.
Chipper Jones ATL 25 .322 90 26 89 4 A force when healthy, but have a backup plan.
Ryan Zimmerman WAS 25 .290 86 24 108 6 Move from RFK could lead to breakout season.
Edwin Encarnacion CIN 17 .292 79 21 84 11 Hot streaks show upside, but needs consistency.
Troy Glaus STL 15 .257 72 29 85 0 Will miss Roger Centre but enjoy playing on grass again.
Kevin Kouzmanoff SD 15 .292 74 19 83 2 Bat emerged in second half, but Chase Headley looms.
Ty Wigginton HOU 15 .272 68 23 87 1 Should enjoy his new park and favorable lineup spot.
Yunel Escobar ATL 12 .305 90 8 55 10 Primed to excel in everyday role.
Mark Reynolds ARI 10 .247 65 17 59 1 Capable of 30 homers and alarming strikeout totals.
Chad Tracy ARI 8 .281 61 12 51 1 Must overcome injury and Mark Reynolds to reclaim job.
Pedro Feliz PHI 7 .251 78 24 80 0 Won't miss AT&T but still looking for a job elsewhere.
Jose Bautista PIT 6 .258 64 17 63 4 Late bloomer with some pop an NL-only sleeper.
Mark DeRosa CHC 6 .284 63 10 57 2 Super-utilityman has likely already peaked.
Chase Headley SD 5 .280 57 12 60 1 Switch-hitter with pop deserves shot.
Bill Hall MIL 5 .274 68 18 66 6 No lock to bounce back from '07 struggles.
Nomar GarciaparraLAD4.2815611524Andy LaRoche's injury offers fading vet new life.
Andy LaRocheLAD4.274489441Thumb injury could sideline him until June.
Ryan Freel CIN 3 .259 50 4 20 25 Likely to be forced back into utility role.
Rich Aurilia SF 2 .268 35 8 41 1 Huge home park squashes value.
Greg Dobbs PHI 1 .278 59 11 56 4 Solid platoon bat makes him worthwhile in NL-only play.
Ian Stewart COL 1 .271 41 9 42 4 Power-hitting 3B giving 2B a try.
Wes Helms PHI 1 .248 26 7 25 0 Has limited upside to match limited role.
Jose Castillo FLA 1 .255 26 6 30 1 Light bat for a MI, never mind 3B.
Jeff Keppinger CIN 1 .314 42 6 38 3 Good average hitter could see extended PT.
Alfredo Amezaga FLA 1 .268 30 2 16 9 PT likely to drop with OF prospect Maybin on board.
Aaron Boone WAS 1 .265 21 5 21 1 Useful bat but will struggle for playing time.
Tony Abreu LAD 1 .288 18 1 19 1 Hits for a little AVG but has little power or speed.
Shea Hillenbrand FA 1 .248 16 4 18 0 Former RBI machine looking for work.
Dallas McPherson FLA 1 .216 15 6 15 0 Opportunities running out for former prospect.
Alex Cintron CHC 1 .259 16 2 18 1 Backup infielder has minimal value.
Russell Branyan MIL 1 .219 19 7 23 0 Will hurt your AVG even if he hits a few HR.
Jeff Cirillo FA 1 .262 14 2 16 0 Utility player and pinch-hitter has no value.
Neil Walker PIT 1 .260 15 3 14 2 Could be ready for PIT hot corner.
Scott Spiezio FA 1 .268 26 4 28 0 Great chin scruff, but no team.
Corey Koskie MIL 1 .000 0 0 0 0 Concussion may have ended solid career.
Abraham Nunez PHI 1 .216 11 0 8 0 Can only hurt, not help, your team.
Matt Kata PIT 1 .234 10 1 10 0 Utilityman without upside or playing time.

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