Keeper League Third Base (3B) Rankings are based on a 3-year outlook for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 fantasy baseball seasons. Rankings are established for a standard fantasy baseball scoring system in mixed AL/NL leagues with scoring category stats including: runs, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average. Keeper League (3B) Rankings include the Top 40 preseason 2009 fantasy baseball third base eligible players. Each individual players age for the 2009 season is listed in parentheses after their name. Good Luck this 2009 Fantasy Baseball Season!
KEEPER LEAGUE THIRD BASE (3B) RANKINGS 2009
1. David Wright – New York Mets (26)
Wright is a proven fantasy baseball stud, and at just age 26 for the 2009 season, there doesn’t look to be any let up from him for at least the next five years! Wright is nearly a fantasy baseball god, as he more than adds his fair share of stats across every scoring category. The 2009 season should have Wright posting 30 homeruns, 110 rbi, 110 runs scored, 20 stolen bases, and an excellent .300 plus batting average.
2. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays (23)
At just age 23 for the 2009 fantasy baseball season, Longoria is ready to take over the reigns as a top 3 overall fantasy baseball third baseman for the next ten years. Expecting 30 plus homeruns, 100 rbi, 100 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, and a .280 batting average is likely from Longoria during the 2009 season, as well as for the next five to eight years.
3. Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees (34)
Approaching his mid thirties, Rodriguez is likely at the peak of his career entering the 2009 season. Still if you are in a keeper league, Rodriguez should be good for 35-45 homeruns, 110-130 rbi, 110-120 runs scored, 10-20 stolen bases, and a .300 plus batting average in 2009, and 30 homeruns, 100 rbi, 100 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, and a .300 batting average in 2010 and maybe even 2011.
4. Aramis Ramirez – Chicago Cubs (31)
Currently entrenched in the prime of his career at age 31, Ramirez should once again post his usual numbers of 30 homeruns, 100 rbi, 90 runs scored, and a batting average close to .300 for the 2009 season. A decrease in stats may occur for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but at worst 25 homeruns, 90 rbi, and 80 runs scored are still likely.
5. Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals (24)
Injuries derailed Zimmerman’s breakout campaign in 2008, so his outlook for 2009 will have many fantasy baseball managers once again thinking breakout year. 20-25 homeruns, 90-100 rbi, 90 runs scored, 5-10 stolen bases, and a .280 batting average is possible from Zimmerman in 2009, and at just age 24 for the 2009 season, an increase in stats across the board is possible over the next five years.
6. Chris Davis – Texas Rangers (23)
With an excellent minor league track record, and tons of homerun and rbi potential, Davis is a must draft in 2009 fantasy baseball keeper leagues, as he could easily put up stats comparable to Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder. At just age 23 for the 2009 season, Davis should have a breakout year in 2009, with the potential to be a perennial all-star for the next five to ten years. Davis’ only downfall is his position, as it is still a debate as to whether he is a first basemen or third basemen. And with first base being more likely his future position, Davis cannot be ranked any higher on this third base keeper league list for 2009. Anything from 30-40 homeruns and 100 rbi with a decent .280-.290 batting average is possible for Davis in 2009, with the potential for 45 plus homeruns in another year or two.
7. Garrett Atkins – Colorado Rockies (29)
If Atkins stays in Colorado, then he should be considered a very good and reliable fantasy baseball player, however his future position is somewhat up in the air. Atkins will qualify at both third base and first base in fantasy baseball leagues during the 2009 season, however depending on if Todd Helton can stay healthy and if Ian Stewart can become the everyday third basemen, Atkins permanent position is somewhat in flux entering the 2009 season. However on a positive note, Atkins is reaching the pinnacle of his career at age 29 for the 2009 season, so numbers in the range of 30 homeruns, 110 rbi, 100 runs scored, and a batting average at .300 plus is reasonable to expect from Atkins in 2009. A repeat of those numbers are possible in 2010 and 2011 as well if Atkins remains in Colorado.
8. Mark Reynolds – Arizona Diamondbacks (26)
Reynolds is the prototypical major league baseball slugger. He has tremendous homerun and rbi potential, but his batting average is close to atrocious. However if Reynolds can come close to his .279 batting average during the 2007 rather than his 2008 batting average of .255, he has the potential to shoot up these rankings and into the top 5 by the end of the 2009 season. 30 homeruns, 100 rbi, 80-90 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a batting average around .270 is possible for Reynolds over the next five years.
9. Adrian Beltre – Seattle Mariners (30)
Even though Beltre has never reached that 40 homerun plateau again, he has actually been a model of consistency over the past six out of seven years. Beltre will finally be 30 years old for the 2009 season, so his prime fantasy baseball years are right now. His classic 25 homeruns, 80 rbi-90 rbi, 80 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, and .270 batting average is a good bet for him during the 2009 season, with similar numbers in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
10. Edwin Encarnacion – Cincinnati Reds (26)
At just 26 years old for the 2009 fantasy baseball season, Encarnacion has plenty of potential to improve upon his 2008 stats. Numbers in the range of 30 homeruns, 80 rbi, 80 runs scored, and a .275 batting average seem likely for Encarnacion in 2009, with the potential for 40 homeruns and 100 rbi in a year or two.
11. Kevin Kouzmanoff – San Diego Padres (28)
With last year supposed to be his breakout campaign, Kouzmanoff’s 23 homeruns and 84 rbi didn’t quite cut it. In other words, Kouzmanoff has the potential to post 35 homeruns and 100 rbi to go along with a batting average around .280 for the 2009 season and the next three to five years after.
12. Ian Stewart – Colorado Rockies (24)
Stewart is young at just age 24 for the 2009, he has plenty of power, and he plays half of his games at Coors Field. When you add all these factors together, a breakout year could be in store for him during the 2009 season. Stewart is currently behind Garret Atkins at third base, so unless a position change occurs (a move to second base for the 2009 season is a possibility), or he or Atkins is traded, Stewart may not get regular playing time in 2009. Still at just age 24 for the 2009 season, Stewart has too much potential to not draft in 2009 fantasy baseball keeper leagues. During his prime, Stewart has the potential to post 30 homeruns, 100 rbi, 90 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a batting average around .295 for the next five years.
13. Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals (25)
Gordon was so highly touted coming out of college, that his 2007 and 2008 major league seasons seem like huge disappointments. Yet it is important to remember that Gordon will be just 25 years old for the 2009 season, and his best is yet to come. Expecting Gordon’s numbers to go up across the board looks like a very realistic possibility for him during the 2009 season. 20 homeruns, 80 rbi, 80 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, and a .275 batting average are possible for Gordon in 2009, with another increase to 25 homeruns, 100 rbi, 90 runs scored, 20 stolen bases, and a batting average around .280 possible for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
14. Josh Fields – Chicago White Sox (26)
With Joe Crede finally out of the way, the starting third base job in Chicago is now Fields’ job to lose for the 2009 season. He will be a sleeper pick for many fantasy baseball managers heading into the 2009 season, as he offers excellent power potential. Numbers is the range of 30 homeruns, 90 rbi, 80 runs scored, and a batting average around .285 is very realistic to expect from Fields during the 2009 season. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see an increase to 35-40 homeruns and 110 rbi for Fields during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
15. Chone Figgins – Los Angeles Angels (31)
Speed, speed, and more speed is the name of the game for Figgins. In other words, if you want a third basemen who can single handedly help you win your stolen base category, Figgins is the guy. 40-50 stolen bases are likely in 2009 with more possible if Figgins can stay healthy all year. On the down side, Figgins doesn’t offer an ounce of power, so anything more than 5 homeruns would be a major achievement for him in 2009. At age 31 for the 2009 season, Figgins is at the pinnacle of his career, and 40 stolen bases over the next two or three years is a realistic possibility.
16. Dallas McPherson – Florida Marlins (29)
If Florida decides to move current third baseman Jorge Cantu to first base permanently for the 2009 season, then the power hitting McPherson will have the first crack at nailing down the starting third base job for the Marlins on opening day 2009. If McPherson begins the season as the starter, he has just as much potential as Texas’ Chris Davis. 30-40 homeruns, 100 rbi, 80 runs scored, and a .280-.290 batting average is possible if McPherson can claim a starting job for the entire 2009 season.
17. Mat Gamel – Milwaukee Brewers (24)
Much like another recent Brewers third base prospect before him (Ryan Braun), Gamel is all offense and no defense. With Bill Hall currently blocking his path to play third base for the Brewers to begin the 2009 season, Gamel may be destined to stay in the minors for at least a portion of the 2009 season. However Gamel’s offensive potential is good enough to warrant consideration now, as he could have an impact similar to what Evan Longoria had last year for fantasy baseball teams at third base. In his prime, Gamel has the potential to post 25-30 homeruns, 100-110 rbi, 100 run scored, 5-10 stolen bases, and a batting average around .290.
18. Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants (23)
Entering the 2009 season, Sandoval’s future position is currently up in the air. He will either play catcher, third base, or first base for the Giants, and with plenty of power potential, he could be a top 15 overall fantasy baseball third basemen by the end of the 2009 season if he sticks at that position. However as of now, we cannot assume Sandoval will be a third basemen in 2010, so his ranking will remain here instead of higher on this list. Sandoval offers outstanding power potential and could easily post 20 plus homeruns and 70 rbi while hitting at or above a .300 clip.
19. Brandon Wood – Los Angeles Angels (24)
Originally a shortstop converted to a third baseman and back again to shortstop, Wood has all the minor league credentials, but when he gets his chance in the big leagues, he fails miserably every time. However Wood will be just 24 years old during the 2009 season, so a breakout year in 2009 is possible. It is undecided as to whether Wood will play third base or shortstop in the majors, but his batting potential makes him worthy of a roster spot in fantasy baseball keeper leagues in 2009. If Wood can put it all together, he has the ability to hit 25-30 homeruns, 90 rbi, 80 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a batting average around .275 during the prime of his career over the next five years.
20. Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox (30)
Ok maybe I’m giving Youkilis the short end of the stick, but in all honesty, I just don’t see him coming close to his 2008 stats again during the 2009 season. In four prior seasons, Youkilis posted just 7, 1, 13, and 16 homeruns with batting averages totaling .260, .278, .279, and .288 in those four seasons respectively. In other words, a repeat performance of 29 homeruns, 115 rbi, and a .312 batting average isn’t likely ever again for Youkilis. If you want to take a chance and draft him higher go for it, but just don’t expect 30 homeruns and 115 rbi in a single season.
21. Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves (37)
22. Russell Martin – Los Angeles Dodgers (26)
23. Jorge Cantu – Florida Marlins (27)
24. Michael Young – Texas Rangers (32)
25. Aubrey Huff – Baltimore Orioles (32)
26. Mark DeRosa – Cleveland Indians (34)
27. Andy LaRoche – Pittsburgh Pirates (25)
28. Brian Buscher – Minnesota Twins (28)
29. Troy Glaus – St. Louis Cardinals (33)
30. Mike Lowell – Boston Red Sox (35)
31. Casey Blake – Los Angeles Dodgers (35)
32. Melvin Mora – Baltimore Orioles (37)
33. Eric Chavez – Oakland Athletics (31)
34. Joe Crede – Free Agent (31)
35. Bill Hall – Milwaukee Brewers (29)
36. Pedro Feliz – Philadelphia Phillies (34)
37. Ty Wigginton – Baltimore Orioles (31)
38. Scott Rolen – Toronto Blue Jays (34)
39. Andy Marte – Cleveland Indians (25)
40. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays (28)
2009 FANTASY BASEBALL POSITION RANKINGS
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher (C) Rankings – Top 30
2009 Fantasy Baseball: First Base (1B) Rankings – Top 50
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base (2B) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Third Base (3B) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Shortstop (SS) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Outfield (OF) Rankings – Top 120
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher (SP) Rankings – Top 150
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitcher (RP) Rankings – Top 70
2009 FANTASY BASEBALL KEEPER LEAGUE RANKINGS
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Catcher (C) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League First Base (1B) Rankings – Top 60
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Second Base (2B) Rankings – Top 40