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TGIF: 2009 3B Rankings

I guess one good thing about doing these rankings so close to the start of the season is that I can see what develops so close to the deadline. I was contemplating who I should rank at #1 for the 3B position between A-Rod and David Wright. Even if A-Rod did not need surgery for his injured hip, I would have bumped him to #2. However, since the news broke today that A-Rod might be out until May, I can now feel better about my decision.

The best 3B for the 2009 season

  1. David Wright, New York Mets
  2. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
  3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
  4. Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs
  5. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
  6. Garrett Atkins, Colorado Rockies
  7. Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
  8. Chris Davis, Texas Rangers
  9. Aubrey Huff, Baltimore Orioles
  10. Russell Martin, L.A. Dodgers
  11. Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves
  12. Chone Figgins, L.A. Angels
  13. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
  14. Jorge Cantu, Florida Marlins
  15. Adrian Beltre, Seattle Mariners
  16. Edwin Encarnacion, Cincinnati Reds
  17. Carlos Guillen, Detroit Tigers
  18. Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks
  19. Troy Glaus, St. Louis Cardinals
  20. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
  21. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
  22. Melvin Mora, Baltimore Orioles
  23. Mark DeRosa, Cleveland Indians
  24. Kevin Kouzmanoff, San Diego Padres
  25. Hank Blalock, Texas Rangers
  26. Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies
  27. Jed Lowrie, Boston Red Sox
  28. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
  29. Felipe Lopez, Arizona Diamondbacks
  30. Casey Blake, L.A. Dodgers

What Happens to A-Rod?

Before the whole steroid scandal hit the public, A-Rod was a consensus top three pick and unarguably the best 3B in fantasy baseball. Now with the steroid spotlight and his hip injury, his value takes a significant hit. Think of it as Albert Pujols from last season. Pujols for years was a prized possession in the fantasy realm until news of possible elbow surgery hit the news wire before the start of the 2008 season. As a result, he dropped in drafts across the board. However, those who took the risk ended up with the best player in fantasy baseball in 2008. The same story could repeat itself for A-Rod in 2009.

As it stands now, A-Rod is the #2 third baseman in the game and he should rightfully fall to the middle/late first round of drafts. Hopefully he will be back in May as planned for those who will be taking the chance with A-Rod. A hip injury is nothing to take lightly. When he comes back, you can’t expect the same power to be there. If you want the best third baseman in fantasy, then David Wright is the man. Sorry A-Rod, you are no longer the king.

Check out my other rankings: 2009 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

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