Fantasy Baseball 2020: 3B - Consistency Preview

Nick Young shares the most consistent third basemen of 2019 and his rankings for 2020. Follow him @ Nick0629Nick

During the 2019 MLB Season we saw major position players put up big numbers but probably weren’t the most consistent. The same can be said about the 3rd base position. Due to only six players scoring more than 600 points and the rest of the pack being far off in the 550 range. Also, it should be noted that the 10th most consistent 3rd baseman scored only 292.5 points, this will be a hard position to gauge going into the 2020 season, but here are my best picks for consistent 3rd baseman and who you should go after for your fantasy teams. The scoring setting we used for the rankings are below.

Hit

0.5pts

HR

4pts

Run

2pts

RBI

2pts

SB

2pts


If you want to see who are the most consistent players in your league, go here and enter in your own scoring methods: https://www.bigguyfantasysports.com/phpcalcs/mlb/index.php

TIER ONE

These are the top of the line elite players who will be instant success on your team. With a high consistency rating and high scoring there wouldn’t be a worry in your mind about starting these guys

 Player

FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR

Alex Bregman

692.50

4

21

24

88%

Anthony Rendon

698.00

2

20

23

87%

Nolan Arenado

693.50

3

20

24

83%

As you can see there isn’t much difference in the consistency and the scoring in these three players as they were the three most consistent players and were three of the top four scorers with the exception being Rafael Devers who had over 700 points but was 8% less consistent than these three and will be placed in the second tier of players.

TIER TWO

These guys are the step below the elite and have what it takes to be considered Elite provided they increase their consistency ratings and maintain their high scoring potential.

 Player

FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR

Rafael Devers

 705.00

1

18

24

75%

Eugenio Suarez

 650.00

6

18

24

75%

Eduardo Escobar

 655.00

5

17

24

71%

I personally had Devers and Escobar on my rosters primarily because the defense was stacked on their perspective teams and because Devers was averaging .311 this year and my roster was in desperate need of consistent hitters. As you can see the scoring was varied a lot between these three players but had high consistency ratings making them a lock for your roster but also would be wise to include an extra clutch player or two on the roster.

TIER THREE

These are the players who will definitely require you to have a stacked roster in order to succeed primarily due to their low consistency, they could still possibly bring you points but in my opinion should not be relied upon.

 

 Player

FP

FP Rank

CW

WP

CR%

Max Muncy

574.50

12

16

23

70%

Yulieski Gurriel

580.00

9

15

24

63%

Matt Chapman

577.00

11

15

24

63%

Josh Donaldson

590.00

8

14

24

58%


All 4 of these players have the relatively the same range of points but their deviation of consistency is concerning. Donaldson is to me the biggest name in this tier because he was ninth on the home run list in 2019 with 37 home runs. Which coins the term boom or bust either he hits it out of the park or it’s a strike out seen with his .259 BA this season.

Here’s a scatterplot if the most consistent and inconsistent third basemen of 2019:

WRAP UP

As I said earlier this is a hard position to gauge because In my Starting Pitchers outlook you could tell who was going to be effective and who wasn’t. Here you have three 3rd Baseman who I can say will be provide instant gratification the others it might be a case of delayed gratification before you will be happy with them. Either way all of the players mentioned above will be suffice but some may require you to draft studs in other positions to make up for the potential bust weeks. 

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