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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
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