There are 30 Major League Baseball teams but not 30 known good third base choices for the Fantasy Baseball season. Somewhere in the league there has to be sleepers at every position and these are the sleepers for third base.
#1 Sleeper Third Baseman – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Eric Chavez, Oakland A’s
2008 Stats: 10 runs, 2 home runs, 14 RBI, 0 stolen bases, .247 AVG
2009 Projection: 82 runs, 32 home runs, 100 RBI, 0 stolen bases, .270 AVG
The past two seasons have been a new low for Eric Chavez and a lot of people have written him off. But what Eric Chavez is healthy? The A’s now have Jason Giambi and Matt Holliday so Chavez could be very dangerous, but obviously he’s a risk too.
#2 Sleeper Third Baseman – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Chris Davis, Texas Rangers
2008 Stats: 51 runs, 17 home runs, 55 RBI, 1 stolen base, .285 AVG
2009 Projection: 80 runs, 27 home runs, 92 RBI, 2 stolen bases, .282 AVG
When you look at the stats Chris Davis had last year you might be thinking those are pretty good numbers for a full season for a rookie. Chris Davis had those numbers in just 88 games though.
#3 Sleeper Third Baseman – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies
2008 Stats: 33 runs, 10 home runs, 41 RBI, 1 stolen base, .259 AVG
2009 Projection: 74 runs, 21 home runs, 84 RBI, 5 stolen bases, .262 AVG
The Colorado Rockies have a third baseman and first baseman but one of them will be moved to make room for Ian Stewart’s permanent position at third base. After that Stewart could possibly be the best player on the Colorado Rockies roster.
#4 Sleeper Third Baseman – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Mark DeRosa, Cleveland Indians
2008 Stats: 103 runs, 21 home runs, 87 RBI, 6 stolen bases, .285 AVG
2009 Projection: 101 runs, 15 home runs, 75 RBI, 5 stolen bases, .280 AVG
Mark DeRosa is tricky because Chicago Cubs fans are raving about him. DeRosa is probably actually overrated compared to what Cubs fans are making him sound like but DeRosa will probably still be a good steal wherever he goes in your fantasy baseball draft.
#5 Sleeper Third Baseman – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks
2008 Stats: 87 runs, 28 home runs, 97 RBI, 11 stolen bases. .239 AVG
2009 Projection: 82 runs, 30 home runs, 95 RBI, 10 stolen bases, .250 AVG
Mark Reynolds isn’t talked about much when it comes to the top sluggers in baseball but he’ll approach 30 home runs and 100 RBI this season and can throw in 10 stolen bases. Unfortunately he’ll likely strike out 200 times and the batting average is horrendous.
Sources: All 2008 baseball stats are were found at www.baseball-reference.com.
Other player informatino was found at www.mlb.com.