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Identifying 3 potential busts at second base for 2021 fantasy baseball

We take a look at some second basemen you should look to avoid in your fantasy baseball draft for 2021.

Arizona Diamondbacks player Ketel Marte (4) hits a double against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Chase Field. Sean Logan-USA TODAY Sports

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 second basemen, who could be busts this season in fantasy.

Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding White second baseman Nick Madrigal, who had an impressive rookie season. The 23-year-old slashed .340/.376/.369 with zero home runs and 11 RBI. While his power numbers left a lot to be desired, Madrigal only had seven strikeouts in 129 plate appearances.

We put him in the potential bust category because we don’t know if we are going to see this type of hitting for the second-straight year. If you are a fantasy baseball manager, you want to see more doubles (3) and walks (4) this season.

Baseball Reference projects the young infielder to hit .281/.347/.415 with nine home runs and 41 RBI, which is not bad at all. According to Fantasy Pros, Madrigal’s ADP is 210, despite begin ranked 13th at second base.

Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks

After a ridiculous 2019 season that saw Marte slug .329 with a career-high 32 home runs and 92 RBI, many fans thought that 27-year-old would take off last season. However, that was far from the case. The veteran second baseman slashed .287/.323/.409 with only two home runs and 17 RBI.

Now granted, its hard to put a lot of stock into last season because it was a small sample size and in a longer season, Marte could’ve improved. His ADP right now is 75, but I’d be more inclined to take Jeff McNeil or Jose Altuve before Marte.

Kolten Wong, Milwaukee Brewers

This is an off the radar selection in Kolten Wong, but its hard to gauge what we will see from him this year. After spending all of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Wong signed a deal with the Brewers, who had Keston Hiura at second base. Hiura will reportedly move to first base, opening up the middle infield spot for Wong.

Last season, Wong slashed .265/.350/.326 with only one home and 16 RBI in 53 games. That is not good enough and lowest totals (HR and RBI) in his career. Baseball Reference projects the 30-year-old to hover around the .260 mark with 11 home runs and 54 RBI. That would be better from a run production stance, but with an ADP of 254, you may be better off looking for another position of need.