Top 6 Third Base (3B) Sleepers for May 2009.
THIRD BASE (3B):
Hank Blalock – Texas Rangers: 60% (3B/1B)
With Blalock healthy for the entire month of April, he produced stats that many fantasy teams got accustomed to over his prime years. Blalock’s power stroke is still there, as he belted 6 homeruns over the month of April, so if you need a versatile 3B/1B combo with plenty of power potential, Blalock should be your #1 pickup option.
Scott Rolen – Toronto Blue Jays: 29% (3B)
An injury disaster over the past two years, Rolen appears to finally be healthy and ready to help fantasy teams once again. Rolen likely won’t put up All-Star type numbers, but he will bring a solid batting average around .290 to go along with around 20 homeruns, 80 rbi, and 60 runs scored. If you are looking for just a fill-in third basemen, Rolen is an excellent pickup.
Russell Branyan – Seattle Mariners: 39% (3B/1B)
You know you are desperate when you decide it is time to add Branyan to your fantasy team, however after an outstanding start to the season, Branyan is becoming a respectable pickup in fantasy leagues. If you can accept that his .300 plus batting average won’t stay, then Branyan could be the right pickup for you team. And if anything, Branyan is a solid stream pickup option to get some cheap homeruns and RBI’s while he is hot at the plate.
Ian Stewart – Colorado Rockies: 33% (2B/3B)
Stewart enters May struggling at the plate, however this is likely the best time to either try and trade for Stewart cheap, or wait and see if his current owner gets frustrated with him and drops him. If either one of these happen, Stewart is an excellent buy low candidate with outstanding potential, as he could be looking at the starting third base job in Colorado soon with Garrett Atkins a trade possibility.
Mike Fontenot – Chicago Cubs: 12% (2B/3B)
After a rough start to the season, Fontenot filled in admirably for the injured Aramis Ramirez at third base, and the move has seemingly turned his season around. Now holding both 2B and 3B eligibility, Fontenot is a solid pickup in deep position leagues and leagues with 16 or more teams.
Chase Headley – San Diego Padres: 13% (3B/OF)
As a top prospect for the Padres, Headley has yet to really breakout at the plate this year like he is capable of. With this in mind, fantasy teams in leagues of 16 or more will want to keep a close eye on Headley during May, as this could be the time he really finds his stroke at the plate. Be ready to grab him if he shows any signs of breaking out.