Top 25 3B keepers – 2013 edition

These rankings are based on projected cumulative value over the next 3 years.  Minor league players have been excluded.  Hitters who will qualify at 2B or SS were also excluded, unless we determined that their likely primary position going forward is 3B.

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Ian Stewart update: Is it finally time to cut him loose?

At the end of April I looked at the value Ian Stewart still possessed in keeper leagues. Since that time, Stewart has hit the cover off the ball at AAA Colorado Springs, has been recalled to the majors to man 3B again, continued to struggle at the major league level and lost his roster spot and was sent back to AAA when Ty Wigginton returned from the DL.

To say things haven’t gone well for Stewart in 2011 is an understatement. In re-draft leagues, Stewart has no value and no place on a roster – he’s become a wait and see for 2012. [Read more...]

On The Wire: 5 early season strugglers that could still be 2012 keepers

By Jim Higgins

Given how visibly a players’ season stats are impacted by one stellar or poor performance this early in the season, it’s always interesting to see which players owners will panic and give up on early in the season.

Knowing that some keeper league owners are already looking ahead to how their squad will look next year, picking up an early struggler that has been dropped by a frustrated owner can provide an instant boost to next year’s team. [Read more...]

Keeper Search: Ian Stewart

By Jim Higgins

The tides of change were definitely felt when previously heralded prospects Ian Stewart and Brandon Wood were shipped back to the minors last week. And while this news may have only register as a ripple for owners in most fantasy leagues, for keeper league owners this type of news is more important than who will replace Neftali Feliz as the Rangers closer for two weeks. [Read more...]

Looking for breakout players for 2011 and beyond

[NOTE FROM JIM: I wanted to take a moment to welcome my friend and the commissioner of my keeper league, Derrick Boyd, to Keeper Experts. Derrick is a very knowledgeable keeper league player and I am excited to have his voice and point of view on board.]

Fantasy baseball leagues are often won by those who roster low-cost or late-round breakout players in addition to the perennial studs. In 2010, winning teams rostered Carlos Gonzalez, Delmon Young, Kelly Johnson, Jose Bautista, Mat Latos, David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez. In 2009, it was Ben Zobrist, Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, Zack Greinke, Andrew Bailey and Josh Johnson.

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Five players to build your next dynasty with

By Jim Higgins

As I have mentioned before, every keeper league and every manager’s experience is different. While many people join a keeper league during the league’s inaugural season, many of us also come in as a replacement for a dud owner who failed to pay attention to his team and just let it fall apart.

I fall into the latter category. [Read more...]