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FANTASY BASEBALL: Top 30 third basemen for the 2020 season … whenever that may be

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado boasts stellar three-year averages of 39 homers, 119 RBI, 102 runs, along with a .307 batting average and .952 OPS rate.

The start of the baseball season might be an open-ended question, thanks to the dreaded Coronavirus. However, that won’t stop us from churning out or updating certain positional fantasy rankings.

Today’s listing revises the top 30 third basemen for 2020 — factoring in the crucial categories of home runs, RBI, runs, steals, batting average and on-base percentage.

POSITIONAL FANTASY RANKINGS
TOP 40 STARTING PITCHERS
TOP 25 FIRST BASEMEN
TOP 30 SHORTSTOPS
TOP 25 SECOND BASEMEN

TOP 30 THIRD BASEMEN FOR 2020

PLAYER #1

NOLAN ARENADO, ROCKIES
2019:
41 HR, 118 RBI, 102 runs, 3 steals, .315 BA, .379 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 39 HR, 119 RBI, 102 runs, 3 steals, .307 BA, .375 OBP

PLAYER #2

ALEX BREGMAN, ASTROS
2019:
41 HR, 112 RBI, 122 runs, 5 steals, .296 BA, .423 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 30 HR, 95 RBI, 105 runs, 11 steals, .289 BA, .391 OBP
BONUS: Bregman has dual-position versatility (3B/SS)

PLAYER #3

ANTHONY RENDON, NATIONALS
2019:
34 HR, 126 RBI, 117 runs, 5 steals, .319 BA, .412 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 28 HR, 106 RBI, 95 runs, 5 steals, .310 BA, .397 OBP

PLAYER #4

RAFAEL DEVERS, RED SOX
2019:
32 HR, 115 RBI, 129 runs, 8 steals, .311 BA, .361 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 26 HR, 90 RBI, 94 runs, 6 steals, .282 BA, .335 OBP

PLAYER #5

KRIS BRYANT, CUBS
2019:
31 HR, 77 RBI, 111 runs, 4 steals, .282 BA, .382 OBP
BONUS: Bryant has dual-position eligibility (3B/OF)

PLAYER #6

JOSE RAMIREZ, INDIANS
2019:
23 HR, 83 RBI, 68 runs, 24 steals, .255 BA, .327 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 30 HR, 90 RBI, 95 runs, 25 steals, .283 BA, .365 OBP

PLAYER #7

JOSH DONALDSON, TWINS
2019:
37 HR, 94 RBI, 96 runs, 4 steals, .259 BA, .379 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE (2016-17): 35 HR, 88 RBI, 94 runs, 4 steals, .278 BA, .396 OBP

PLAYER #8

EUGENIO SUAREZ, REDS
2019:
49 HR, 103 RBI, 87 runs, 3 steals, .271 BA, .358 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 36 HR, 96 RBI, 84 runs, 3 steals, .271 BA, .364 OBP

PLAYER #9

DJ LEMAHIEU, YANKEES
2019:
26 HR, 102 RBI, 109 runs, 5 steals, .327 BA, .375 on-base
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 16 HR, 76 RBI, 98 runs, .306 BA, .358 OBP, .811 OPS
BONUS: LeMahieu has three-position versatility (1B/2B/3B)

PLAYER #10

YOAN MONCADO, WHITE SOX
2019: 
25 HR, 79 RBI, 83 runs, 10 steals, .315 BA, .367 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 21 HR, 70 RBI, 78 runs, 11 steals, .273 BA, .339 OBP

PLAYER #11

YULI GURRIEL, ASTROS
2019: 
31 HR, 104 RBI, 85 runs, .298 BA, .343 on-base, .884 OPS
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 21 HR, 88 RBI, 75 runs, .296 BA, .333 OBP, .819 OPS
BONUS: Gurriel has dual-position versatility (1B/3B)

PLAYER #12

MAX MUNCY, DODGERS
2019: 
35 HR, 98 RBI, 101 runs, 4 steals, .251 BA, .374 OBP, .889 OPS
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 35 HR, 88 RBI, 88 runs, .256 BA, .381 OBP, .927 OPS
BONUS: Muncy has three-position versatility (1B/2B/3B)

PLAYER #13

MANNY MACHADO, PADRES
2019: 
32 HR, 85 RBI, 81 runs, 5 steals, .256 BA, .334 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 34 HR, 96 RBI, 82 runs, 9 steals, .271 BA, .337 OBP
BONUS: Machado has three-position versatility (SS/3B)

PLAYER #14

VLAD GUERRERO JR., BLUE JAYS
2019: 
15 HR, 69 RBI, 52 runs, .272 BA, .339 OBP (123 games)

PLAYER #15

MATT CHAPMAN, ATHLETICS
2019:
36 HR, 91 RBI, 102 runs, 1 steal, .249 BA, .342 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 30 HR, 80 RBI, 101 runs, 1 steal, .263 BA, .348 OBP

PLAYER #16

EDUARDO ESCOBAR, DIAMONDBACKS
2019:
35 HR, 118 RBI, 94 runs, 5 steals, .269 BA, .320 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 26 HR, 92 RBI, 77 runs, 4 steals, .266 BA, .322 OBP
BONUS: Escobar has dual-position versatility (2B/3B)

PLAYER #17

JEFF MCNEIL, METS
2019:
23 HR, 75 RBI, 83 runs, 5 steals, .318 BA, .384 OBP
BONUS: McNeil has three-position versatility (2B/3B/OF)

PLAYER #18

JUSTIN TURNER, DODGERS
2019:
27 HR, 67 RBI, 80 runs, 2 steals, .290 BA, .372 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 21 HR, 63 RBI, 71 runs, 4 steals, .307 BA, .397 OBP

PLAYER #19

MIKE MOUSTAKAS, REDS
2019:
35 HR, 87 RBI, 80 runs, 3 steals, .254 BA, .329 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 34 HR, 89 RBI, 74 runs, 2 steals, .259 BA, .319 OBP
BONUS: Moustakas has dual-position versatility (2B/3B)

PLAYER #20

MIGUEL SANO, TWINS
2019:
34 HR, 79 RBI, 76 runs, .247 BA, .346 OBP, .923 OPS
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 25 HR, 66 RBI, 61 runs, .242 BA, .333 OBP, .837 OPS
BONUS: Sano has dual-position versatility (1B/3B)

PLAYER #21

RYAN MCMAHON, ROCKIES
2019:
24 HR, 83 RBI, 70 runs, .250 BA, .329 on-base, .779 OPS
BONUS: McMahon has three-position versatility (1B/2B/3B)

PLAYER #22

DANNY SANTANA, RANGERS
2019:
28 HR, 81 RBI, 81 runs, .283 BA, .324 OBP, .857 OPS
BONUS: Santana swiped 21 bags last year … and has a quintet of positional versatility (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF)

PLAYER #23

HUNTER DOZIER, ROYALS
2019:
26 HR, 84 RBI, 75 runs, .279 BA, .348 OBP, .870 OPS
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 18 HR, 59 RBI, 56 runs, .259 BA, .320 OBP, .790 OPS
BONUS: Dozier has three-position versatility (1B/3B/OF)

PLAYER #24

MIGUEL ANDUJAR, YANKEES
2018:
27 HR, 92 RBI, 83 runs, 2 steals, .297 BA, .328 OBP, .855 OPS

PLAYER #25

TOMMY EDMAN, CARDINALS
2019:
11 HR, 36 RBI, 59 runs, 5 steals, .304 BA, .350 OBP (92 games)
BONUS: Edman has three-position versatility (2B/3B/OF)

PLAYER #26

TOMMY LA STELLA, ANGELS
2019:
16 HR, 44 RBI, 49 runs, .295 BA, .346 OBP, .832 OPS (80 games)
BONUS: La Stella has three-position versatility (2B/3B)

PLAYER #27

GIO URSHELA, YANKEES
2019:
21 HR, 74 RBI, 73 runs, 1 steal, .314 BA, .355 OBP

PLAYER #28

SCOTT KINGERY, PHILLIES
2019:
19 HR, 55 RBI, 64 runs, 15 steals, .258 BA, .315 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 14 HR, 45 RBI, 60 runs, 12 steals, .242 BA, .291 OBP
BONUS: Kingery has three-position versatility (SS/3B/OF)

PLAYER #29

YANDY DIAZ, RAYS
2019:
14 HR, 38 RBI, 53 runs, .267 BA, .340 OBP, .816 OPS

PLAYER #30

JON BERTI, MARLINS
2019:
6 HR, 24 RBI, 52 runs, 17 steals, .273 BA, .348 OBP
BONUS: Berti has four-position versatility (2B/SS/3B/OF)

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