With 2021 MLB Opening Day only weeks away, it is a perfect time to discuss fantasy baseball and what should you do in your fantasy draft. After a 60-game sprint last season, this season could be one of the best with the talent across Major League Baseball.
When it comes to fantasy baseball, there will be a lot of good players at various positions that you could possibly wait for over another. At the same time, we also have to beware of players, who might not live up to their new season expectations or what they did during the short 2020 season. We are going to discuss three potential third basemen, who could be busts this season in fantasy.
Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
The third baseman turned in another productive season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2020, Turner slashed .307/.400/.460 with four home runs and 23 RBI. It was the third time in four seasons that the 36-year-old infielder hit .300 or above. Turner re-signed with Los Angeles for two more seasons this offseason and once again will play an integral part in their starting lineup.
This season, Turner will likely share time with Edwin Rios at the hot corner, which makes his ADP of 191 a bit sketchy. Nevertheless, the veteran infielder is better off selected as a waiver wire than a draft pick.
Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals made a major splash in the offseason, acquiring superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado in a trade from the Rockies. Arenado is joining a lineup that features Paul Goldschmidt and Dylan Carlson.
Last season, the 29-year-old hit a career-low .253 with eight home runs and 26 RBI. The main reason why his batting average dipped was due to an AC joint injury. Arenado should be able to bounce back this season, but will not have to carry the offensive workload like he did in Colorado.
Baseball Reference projects Arenado to slash .284/.354/.518 with 28 home runs and 85 RBI. Those stats would be his lowest of his career, which would not be considered bad for most players. But for Arenado, it is not worth selecting with the 28th pick in your fantasy draft.
Cavan Biggio, Toronto Blue Jays
A lot of people will be waiting and watching to see what the Blue Jays do for an encore performance this season. For Toronto, their success will hinge on if Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can all take the next step.
Biggio has been mentioned by other outlets as a bust candidate after what happened last season. He hit .250 with eight home runs and 26 RBI. The young infielder can play multiple positions and could see some time at third baseman. Baseball Reference projects Biggio to slash .244/.362/.432 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI. Fantasy Pros has Biggio ranked ninth among third basemen and an ADP of 59. Based where his batting average could be at, its not worth the selection that early in your draft.