Excuse the exposition and this clunky intro into aforementioned exposition, but here’s the catchers to target, 1st basemen to target, 2nd basemen to target, and shortstops to target. These 3rd basemen to target are being drafted after 200 overall. Keep in mind, nephew (and five niece readers), your Uncle Grey likes to have a corner man drafted by the time these guys appear, so you’re looking at potential utility men more than anything. There are upcoming RCL drafts, if you wanna get rowdy and/or bawdy. Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Indonesia) supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2021 projections. Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2021 fantasy baseball:
Austin Riley (Yahoo 201, NFBC 204) Don’t think Riley should be after 200, which is why I have him ranked around 150th overall on my top 500. Homey’s about to have a 30/.260 season and you’re gonna be like, Riley or Au Shizz or Rizzo or Austin Rizz or *smoking out of Greybot 3000’s ears* Must…shut…down…overloaded.
Eduardo Escobar (ESPN 210, Yahoo 222, NFBC 280) Escobar about to make a well-executed coup against the humidor, and dead balls. Escobar might want to enlist bag-man, Ketel Marte, I’m sure he’d take part in anything to regain his power. “First you get the power, then you get the fantasy value, then you get the women.” That’s Scarface, this guy who is in one of my mixed leagues. Not sure if Escobar can find that 35-homer power he had in 2019, because of previously mentioned hurdles, but all his peripherals appear like he could. By the way, nary a day goes by I don’t shake my head at the implausibility of MLB teams and a commissioner wanting less homers. I’d say it’s a long game being played for arbitration, but doesn’t it just drive up pitchers’ salaries instead? Also, it’s not the long game, anymore.
J.D. Davis (NFBC 238) Worried a bit that Jonathan Davis Davis will forever be a platoon player. Maybe doing well vs. righties, but never being able to play against lefties will keep him in the bin of guys who are fine in deep leagues, but unable to be rostered in shallower leagues, due to the lack of counting stats. Enamored still with the tools, thinking he can go 30/.285, but pretty much at the realization it won’t ever come near that if the Mets platoon him, which appears likely.
Brian Anderson (Yahoo 259, NFBC 243) As mentioned previously, if a site is drafting or ranking a guy above 200th overall, I leave them off the parenthetical list, but I just have to point out how high Brian Anderson is for ESPN. He’s ranked in the 180s overall, and he’s exactly the type that ESPN would totally forget to rank altogether. I have no idea what’s going on there. Maybe when they were throwing darts for their rankings, one dart went far wide into Brian Anderson. If I’m being honest, not even sure why Yahoo and NFBC are so high on him. By the by, when I say NFBC is high on someone, it’s not them. It’s an ADP, so it’s drafters, uh, drafting him high. Like what on earth are people thinking that has them that excited for Brian Anderson? Wait, this is supposed to be me talking about guys I like. Right, well, I do like Anderson, but bit later than where he’s going. He’s still fine for a flyer, though, I guess. Hearty endorsement! Last year, he hit 11 homers and .255, but his HR/FB% for him was goofy and his Launch Angle came down. Don’t mind Anderson for a 25-homer, .260 bet, but not seeing huge upside.
Colin Moran (ESPN 275, Yahoo 321, NFBC 517) Everything that’s wrong with the Pirates: They signed Todd Frazier to platoon with Moran. What’s wrong with them? I get it, Moran isn’t incredible, but what do you gain by taking at-bats away from him to give to a guy who is about to retire and adds nothing. It’s strictly common sense to give Moran at-bats to see exactly what you have. Sure, chuckle it up that you know what Moran is, but he seemed to be hitting everything hard last year (47% Hard Hit%) and ten homers in 178 ABs. I am once again asking, what do the Pirates have to lose by playing Moran? Also, on a side note, I’m thinking ESPN and Yahoo are too high on 3rd basemen. Escobar, Davis, Anderson and Moran are all way above ADP. If it were one guy, I’d think it was a fluke, but to be teenager-horny for Colin Moran ain’t right.
Carter Kieboom (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 494) It’s pretty wild how unheralded Kieboom is. I’d think on the coolness of his name he’d be ranked way before this. A totally forgotten man. Kiebust, before even having a Kiechance. “You Kie-banged, kid, now get out of here.” The Nats are saying he’s an everyday player too, and literally no one cares, because he had a bad 99 at-bats last year. Seriously. You can’t even make up the absolute nonsense going on this year during draft season. I’m not saying Kieboom is worth a top 75 overall pick, but if the Rays weren’t in the postseason last year, Randy Arozarena would be drafted around the same spot at Kieboom is right now. Haha, so dumb. None of it makes any sense. People are all simply Gladwell Blink’ing hoping they get it right. Going into last year, Kieboom seemed like a 25/5/.275 hitter. Ya know, better than Brian Anderson. Oh, and he’s 23 years old. Yup, none of it makes sense.
Josh Jung (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 656) Recently, I gave you my Josh Jung fantasy. I’m getting the vibes we’re not seeing him until June, at the earliest, but I have my ear to the ground to bring you the latest news after I read someone else’s news reports.
Isaac Paredes (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 656) Didn’t even check to see if ESPN or Yahoo ranked Paredes. Took a guess they didn’t, and I know I’m 100% correct. As uze. Yo, who knows more nonsense than me? No one. Any hoo! Around March 8th, I fell in love with Paredes, like I was Ethel Merman in a Tigers cap. He’s my number one guy who is unranked by everyone — except me! — and will be mixed league relevant by the end of the season. People maybe by May (sounds like a song) adding Paredes in the shallowest of leagues, especially if he breaks camp with the Tigers, but I’m beginning to think I need to get on the Akil Baddoo choo-choo.