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2011 Fantasy Baseball Help: Third Base Pickups

Jed Lowrie (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In an already relatively shallow position, third basemen have really bit the injury bug lately. First, Evan Longoria fell in the first week of the season (but he has since returned). Then, it was your second-round pick, Ryan Zimmerman, who will now be out until mid-late June. More recently, David Freese (STL) and Pablo Sandoval (SF) have also found themselves on the disabled list.

So, who else is out there?

Not much. But, I’m here to help you pick up the right players.

First, here’s a list of players you should grab right away, even if you have a healthy player at the hot corner. Let’s face it, this position has been mightily unlucky this year, so your third baseman will probably go down sooner rather than later.

  • Jhonny Peralta, DET (3B, SS) – .295, 4 HR, 20 RBI
  • Maicer Izturis, LAA (2B, 3B, SS) – .328, 3 HR, 12 RBI
  • Jed Lowrie, BOS (2B, 3B, SS) – .327, 3 HR, 16 RBI
  • Alberto Callaspo, LAA (2B, 3B) – .302, 2 HR, 17 RBI

If you’re lucky enough to have Peralta, Izturis, Lowrie, and/or Callaspo available, then what are you waiting for? Go get them!

It’s likely that those players are already snatched up by now, but fear not, there may be a few other options. Here’s a list of players owned in less than 25% of Yahoo! leagues that may be worth taking a look at.

Greg Dobbs, FLA (3B)

Dobbs has been a career utility man, but in his first year in Florida, he’s been as hot as the sunshine. He’s hitting .338 with 3 HR and 12 RBI and while he’s stuck in a platoon situation of sorts, his competition (Wes Helms) is batting just .229 with 2 RBI this year.

Jack Hannahan, CLE (3B)

Known more for his slick glove, Jack Hannahan has displayed a pretty powerful stroke early on. He’s hitting .252 with 4 HR and 15 RBI while manning the hot corner for the red-hot Indians. Everything (except the Cavs) is hot right now in Cleveland, so maybe ride an OK player on a hot squad?

Danny Valencia, MIN (3B)

As hot as everything is in Cleveland, things are that ice-cold for the cellar-dwelling Minnesota Twins. Young Danny Valencia is doing all he can, though. Typically batting sixth or seventh in the order, Valencia has racked up 4 HRs and 18 RBI, and has raised his season batting average to .230 with a recent hot streak.

Other Players To Watch

There are a few veterans that have been successful in the past. They may be floating along on your waiver wire. Consider the following players (under 25% owned):

  • Jorge Cantu, SD (1B, 3B) – .209, 3 HR, 13 RBI
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff, OAK (3B) – .209, 3 HR, 11 RBI
  • Edwin Encarnacion, TOR (3B) – .243, 0 HR, 12 doubles, 9 RBI
  • Miguel Tejada, SF (3B, SS) – .222, 0 HR, 8 RBI

Also, Scott Rolen and Ty Wigginton were recently activated from the disabled list and may be available in your league. They could be worth a look as well.

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