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2020 Positional Rankings - Third Base

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A quick overview and a few comments on 2020 rankings for third basemen. As always, you can find all of our rankings updated periodically by clicking the "Rankings" link at the top of the website.

Here are the positions we've covered thus far:

2020 Positional Rankings - Catcher
2020 Positional Rankings - First Base
2020 Positional Rankings - Second Base
2020 Positional Rankings - Shortstop

Like the crop of shortstops, third base has a full run of players for fantasy owners. If you don't snag a Tier One player, there are plenty of players in the tiers after that can provide plenty of value.

Tier One

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You can't go wrong with anyone in this tier. Nolan Arenado, Jose Ramirez and Anthony Rendon could easily be the number one pick for any fantasy owner. Rafael Devers appears to be the next big superstar after a massive, breakout 2019 season for the Red Sox. Alex Bregman has dual eligibility at shortstop and third base, which makes him a top 20 overall pick.

Tier Two, as mentioned, plenty of production to go around in the second tier.

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Eugenio Suarez is listed in the second tier, only because of his "meh" batting average. He could easily crack Tier One. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had some growing pains after reaching the big leagues, but who doesn't? Vladdy should be an offensive juggernaut.

Matt Chapman, typically known for his superb defense, is poised for another 35+ home run season. After a bounce-back season with the Braves, Josh Donaldson and fantasy owners hope that he doesn't disappoint. Donadlson is a power and on-base percentage value pick; however, his injury history can cause deep regret for fantasy owners who pick Donaldson up too early.

Tier Three

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We've covered plenty about Mike Moustakas and DJ LeMahieu in other articles. Justin Turner is a third baseman who fantasy owners will just settle with. He isn't a power threat, and doesn't excel in one category making him a "must own".

Jeff McNeil catches my eye, as he's ready to take over the third base job full time. 23 home runs last season - with a shot at hitting close to 30 in 2020, and even has multiple position eligibility. Eduardo Escobar had 35 home runs last season, which is terrific for 2019, but let someone else pay for Escobar in 2020, as he won't hit that many homers again.

Tier Four, things start to thin out for fantasy owners. 

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When we hit Tier Four, I'm hoping to have already drafted someone, as most of these players are upside picks. Brian Anderson really came out of nowhere for the Marlins last season, and should continue to produce at a league average in 2020. J.D. Davis is a big time power bat, but playing time may be an issue; however, I think the Mets will find playing time - maybe the outfield or bench a slumping Robinson Cano?

Tier Five

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With Tier Five being the "rest of the rest" - I'll go through and highlight a few players. Gio Urshela is the favorite to be the every day third baseman for the Yankees. With Gio at third base for a bulk of the time, the Yankees will have to be creative with playing time for Miguel Andujar, or they may simply option him to the minor leagues. 

Todd Frazier is always a power threat, no matter the team, but can only hit .250. Maikel Franco is finally out of Philly, and finds himself with a rebuilding Royals team. Will the change of scenery help? Austin Riley was a hot waiver wire addition upon his big league arrival, but fell flat. However, due to Atlanta's lack of off-season moves, Riley likely get a shot at the every day job. 

AUTHOR Reggie