July 21, 2017
Anthony Rendon's Leap to Superstardom
If there was one position in the fantasy baseball landscape that wasn’t begging for another star-caliber player to join its ranks, it’s third base. Although it hasn’t been the deepest position always on the diamond, the first round in recent drafts has been littered with players at the hot corner. Just this past spring, the first round of a 12-team draft often had four third basemen taken. Those four were Kris Bryant, Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado and Josh Donaldson, and the first three were all at risk of being off the board in the first half of the first round. It is, to put it simply, a loaded group of players. None of them look like they are falling too far in drafts in early looks to next year, either. (Machado hasn’t quite been himself, but we all see him being just fine.) They better make room for another star at their position, though, as there could be another stud emerging in 2017.
Anthony Rendon was certainly not hated coming into this season. He was seen as a solid player who would be a contributor on fantasy rosters. In my opinion, he was the best non-elite option, but even I never saw him as joining the upper echelon of players at this top-heavy position. Rendon was seen as having health problems, and as someone who was good at a lot of things but didn’t quite have any one great carrying tool. Because of that view, he was only being selected as the No. 9 third baseman in NFBC drafts and was being selected in the seventh round of those 15-team leagues at 94th overall.