1. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

Critics say he can't perform in clutch situations. Guess what -- that doesn't matter for fantasy purposes. In a "down" year, A-Rod hit .291 with 35 homers and 121 RBIs. He also scored 113 runs and stole 15 bases. Rodriguez has hit at least 35 homers with at least 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored in nine straight seasons. Don't be shocked if he finishes '07 as the No. 1 overall fantasy player.


2. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins

The 23-year-old set career-highs with a .339 average and 50 doubles in '06. He failed to hit at least 30 homers for the first time in three seasons, but expect him to get there this year. Cabrera has averaged 114 RBIs over the last three seasons.


3. David Wright, Mets

In our last couple podcasts, Childs and I have discussed how every Mets fan has a man-crush on the team's third baseman. In his second full season, Wright hit .311 with 26 homers, 116 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. However, only six of his HRs came after the All-Star break.

4. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs

He hit .328 with 22 homers and 67 RBIs after the All-Star break last season. Ramirez signed a five-year $75 million deal in the offseason. He's a good bet to hit around .300 with 35 homers and 100 RBIs.

5. Garrett Atkins, Rockies

He followed up a solid rookie season by hitting .329 with 29 homers and 120 RBIs in '06. Atkins also had 48 doubles and scored 117 runs. Look for similar numbers this season from the 27-year-old.

6. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals

He showed there is almost nothing he can't do as a rookie last season. Zimmerman hit .287 with 20 homers, 110 RBIs, 47 doubles and 11 stolen bases in 2006. Att 22-years-old, he looks like a sure bet to be among the best fantasy third basemen for the next decade.

7. Chipper Jones, Braves

Is he an injury risk? Sure. Jones has missed 105 games over the past two seasons. But when he's in the lineup, few third basemen are as productive. Jones hit .324 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs last season. He's hit at least 20 homers in 12 straight seasons. Don't be afraid to pick him on draft day -- just make sure you get a viable backup.

8. Troy Glaus, Blue Jays

The good news -- Glaus has hit 75 homers over the past two seasons. The bad news -- he's struck out 279 times during that span and has hit better than .258 just once in his career. His value will depend on what you need out of your third baseman.

9. Scott Rolen, Cardinals

After missing 106 games in 2005, Rolen rebounded to hit .296 with 22 homers, 95 RBIs and 48 doubles last season. Though some label Rolen as "injury-prone," he's had at least 500 at-bats in five of his last six seasons.

10. Joe Crede, White Sox

He set career-highs with 30 homers and 94 RBIs last season. Crede's .283 average was the best he's ever posted when playing a full season.

And the rest:

11. Eric Chavez, Athletics: Hit a career-low .241 in '06; expect a modest bounce-back

12. Chad Tracy, Diamondbacks:  Hit .281 with 20 homers and 81 RBIs in '06, but struck out 129 times

13. Adrian Beltre, Mariners: Capable of hitting 25 HRs and 90 RBIs, but don't expect a return to 2004 form (.334, 48 HRS, 121 RBIs)

14. Freddy Sanchez, Pirates: Hit .344 with 85 RBIs and 53 doubles last season

15. Edwin Encarnacion, Reds: 15 homers and 72 RBIs in first full season

16. Hank Blalock, Rangers: Career-lows of 16 homers and 89 RBIs in '06

17. Melvin Mora, Orioles: 16 HRs in '06, his lowest total since 2003; .274 avg. -- lowest since 2002

18. Alex Gordon, Royals: Kansas City rookie tore up Double-A last season, great potential sleeper

19. Morgan Ensberg, Astros: Hit .235 in '06; 59 homers over last two seasons

20. Mike Lowell, Red Sox: 20 HRs, 80 RBIs and 47 doubles in first season with Boston

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