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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only 3B
02/04/2008 12:53 PM ET
Below is a chart of every AL 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 AL-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.    
AL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed 3B | NL 3B
 Third Base TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Alex Rodriguez NYY 48 .305 123 45 131 18 Best fantasy player ever at this position.
Miguel Cabrera DET 41 .336 106 33 128 4 Elite young masher joining a top-shelf offense
Adrian Beltre SEA 25 .277 85 25 92 12 Forget '04; still as consistent as they come.
Chone Figgins LAA 23 .293 101 4 58 48 Won't hit .330 again but will rack up the steals again.
Alex Gordon KC 20 .278 81 23 84 15 Possible value pick after underwhelming debut.
Mike Lowell BOS 17 .295 76 18 94 2 Perfect match of reliability player, ballpark and club.
Hank Blalock TEX 14 .289 74 22 87 2 A major sleeper if he's truly healthy again.
Scott Rolen TOR 13 .286 71 16 77 4 Will love Roger Centre, but can he stay healthy?
Melvin Mora BAL 12 .269 68 17 68 5 Hot first half showed his bat isn't done yet.
Kevin Youkilis BOS 12 .292 94 15 76 3 No fireworks here, just solid all-around production.
Evan LongoriaTB11.2808020802Only a matter of time before 3B job is his.
Josh Fields CWS 10 .258 51 18 57 1 Must beat out Joe Crede or return to Triple-A.
Akinori Iwamura TB 9 .282 88 10 58 14 Won't match his homer totals in Japan but has his uses.
Joe Crede CWS 8 .257 61 19 72 1 Will have to prove back is sound, hold off Fields.
Aubrey Huff BAL 8 .274 55 19 63 3 Usually doesn't heat up until second half.
Eric ChavezOAK7.2595715621Talent is there, but he's a walking medical dictionary.
Casey Blake CLE 7 .268 71 18 77 5 Steady but unspectacular vet.
Mike Lamb MIN 6 .283 61 16 64 0 Productive platoon player could steal everyday job.
Brandon Inge DET 3 .249 54 14 51 6 Trade for Miguel Cabrera relegates him to utility role.
Brandon Wood LAA 2 .247 25 7 25 3 Very young with tons of power.
Maicer Izturis LAA 2 .300 50 6 46 9 Quality utilityman usually finds way to earn PT.
Morgan Ensberg NYY 1 .257 36 13 31 0 Journeyman will battle somewhere for platoon AB.
Wilson Betemit NYY 1 .266 48 16 49 1 Could make impact if injuries create opportunity.
Andy Marte CLE 1 .258 19 7 21 0 Failed auditions so far but could get another shot.
Nick Punto MIN 1 .275 40 1 22 15 Has speed but no value when not hitting for AVG.
Alberto Callaspo KC 1 .277 29 3 24 2 Has keeper-league value as potential starter in '09.
Scott Moore BAL 1 .250 35 12 45 2 Blocked by vets but could help as utility guy.
Robb Quinlan LAA 1 .271 25 4 23 1 Can hit lefties but won't get many chances.
Joel Guzman TB 1 .215 12 5 14 0 Eternal prospect slated for another season at Triple-A.
Ramon Vazquez TEX 1 .231 23 5 20 1 Has a little pop but won't play enough to help.
Russ Adams TOR 1 .244 8 1 8 0 No role with TOR means no fantasy value.
Andy Gonzalez CWS 1 .212 11 1 13 2 Will spend year in Triple-A or on the bench.
Travis Metcalf TEX 1 .221 8 1 8 0 Missed chance to impress and might not get another.
Brian Buscher MIN 1 .241 7 0 9 0 Already old for a prospect and has no real upside.
Matt Tuiasosopo SEA 1 .232 4 1 4 1 Needs more time, blocked by Beltre.

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