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With pitchers and catchers set to report to Spring Training in just over a month, we get closer and closer to fantasy baseball draft season. In order to build your perfect fantasy squad, it's smart to be strong at the hot corner.
Here are the top 10 third basemen heading into the 2019 MLB season.
Fantasy Baseball Top-10 Rankings:
10. Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
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Rafael Devers became a World Series champion last season, and while his numbers weren't incredibly overwhelming, you can see the future being bright for this budding fantasy star. He only played 121 games last season, and still finished with 21 homers and 66 RBI. In a full season, Devers could hit 30 jacks and be a top 100 player in 2019.
9. Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics
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The 24 homers and 68 RBI that Matt Chapman hit last season is his baseline heading into 2019. With a couple of pieces heading out of Oakland, look for Chapman to move up in the A's order and get more at-bats and RBI opportunities because of that. The third baseman should be good for 30 jacks and close to 90 RBI this coming season.
8. Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees
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Miguel Andujar had a fantastic rookie season with a .297 batting average, 27 HR, 92 RBI and 47 doubles – it's an absolute travesty that he didn't win the American League Rookie of the Year award. There's still a chance that Andujar might not even be a Yankee when the 2019 season opens if they ultimately sign Manny Machado, but they'd be wise to keep this guy in pinstripes. He should easily top 35 homers and 100 RBI in his second season in the bigs.
7. Josh Donaldson, Atlanta Braves
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Josh Donaldson is on the move yet again, and this time it'll be to the National League for the first time in his MLB career. Last season was one filled with injuries, as he missed 110 games, the most of his career. Donaldson still has one of the sweetest swings in all of baseball, and it'll be great to watch him in such a great hitter's park like SunTrust Park. It wasn't so long ago that Donaldson was a first- or second-round fantasy option. He ranks as a sleeper heading into 2019.
6. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
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Kris Bryant did have a down year in 2018, but he's still only two years removed from winning the National League MVP. He missed 60 games last season, almost half the amount he has missed in the previous three seasons combined. Bryant is only 27, and should be good for a bounce-back year. Look for an easy 30 and 100 out of the former MVP.
5. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
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It'll be interesting to see how Anthony Rendon does in this Nationals lineup, if Bryce Harper does indeed decide to move on from the nation's capital. Nonetheless, Rendon had a .308 batting average last season, the highest of his six-year MLB career. He's good for a .300 batting average, 25 homers, 80 runs scored and 85 RBI batting in the meat of the Nationals' order in 2019.
4. Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds
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Eugenio Suarez is probably the best name on this list that no one really talks about. That'll change after he posted a 34 HR, 104 RBI season in 2018 -- the best numbers of his career. It also helps that Suarez plays at Great American Ballpark in half of his games, one of the best parks in all of baseball when it comes to offense. Expect a repeat performance from Suarez this coming fantasy baseball season.
3. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
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Alex Bregman could easily be higher on this list, but that's just a testament to how loaded the third-case position is this season. After getting off to a slow start in 2018, he basically carried this Astros on his back with 31 homeruns, 103 RBI, 170 hits, 51 doubles, 96 walks and .286/.532/.926 slash numbers – all career-highs. Keep in mind that this was only his second full season in the Majors and that the a top 20 finish could come in 2019.
2. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
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Jose Ramirez set career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2018 with 39 HR, 105 RBI, 106 walks, 110 runs and 34 stolen bases. His prowess as a switch-hitter makes him even more appealing, but this guy is just able to get it done. He's a sure-fire first-round pick in fantasy baseball, it's just a question of how early someone take him in your draft.
1. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
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Nolan Arenado should probably have an MVP under his belt already, but the third baseman will get plenty more opportunities to do so in the friendly confines of Coors Field. He's a shoo-in for 40 homers, 100 runs scored and 110 RBI along with a .300 batting average. That makes him the No. 1 3B in fantasy baseball this coming season and a top 5 pick in every format in 2019.
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