However, third baseman David Freese quickly filled that role and took a huge step forward for fantasy baseball owners. Freese was rewarded for his speculator 2012 performance with a one-year deal with the team this off-season.
Freese hit a very respectable .293 last season and matured into a reliable fantasy option at the hot corner. He also hit 20 home runs and drove in 79 runs in just 144 games. Freese became the go-to-guy in St. Louis and came up with the big hit game after game for the birds.
Yet for some reason, the so-called “fantasy experts” over at ESPN have Freese ranked as the 12th best third basemen in the game. He may have struck out an awful 122 times last year and only stole three bases, but his raw power is undeniable and should easily rank him inside the top-10 at his position.
Freese will once again be a strong fantasy option at the hot corner this season. He may not be as popular of a pick as Miguel Cabrera or David Wright, but Freese can certainly be a mid-level starter in deeper fantasy leagues.
Freese may get the cold shoulder in the middle of fantasy drafts this spring, but don’t overlook his fantasy potential in 2013.