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Identifying 3 potential busts at shortstop for 2021 fantasy baseball

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

New York Mets second baseman Jonathan Villar (1) stands at the plate against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Sam Navarro-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 shortstops, who could be busts this season in fantasy.

Jonathan Villar, New York Mets

Villar will likely not be the most high-profiled name on this list, but is a player should shy away from in your fantasy draft. The veteran infielder had an okay season with both the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. Villar began the 2020 season with the Marlins and hit the ball very well.

He slashed .259/.315/.345 with two home runs, 9 RBI in 30 games. Villar also recorded nine stolen bases but was caught stealing five times, which is not a great percentage. However, Villar was traded at the deadline to the Blue Jays, where his production fell off. In 22 games with Toronto, he only slashed .188/.278/.203 with six RBI, but Villar stole seven bases.

This offseason, Villar joins a Mets team that is locked in at the middle infield spots with Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil. The 29-year-old’s ADP is currently 175, per Fantasy Pros and is projected to hit .252 with 10 home runs, 35 RBI, and record 21 stolen bases. But it is unlikely he’ll hit any of those stats this season in a reserve role.

Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies

It is tough to put Story on list because he’s the Rockies best player and might be selected high in many fantasy baseball drafts. But without Nolan Arenado in Colorado’s lineup no more, teams will try to pitch Story differently this season.

Last season, Story slashed .289/.355/.519 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI. He also added 15 stolen bases and was only caught stealing three times. Fantasy Pros projects the veteran shortstop to hit .280. with 33 home runs, 87 RBI, and produce 26 stolen bases. They also have his ADP set at 13. He could hit these numbers either with the Rockies or with another team as Story is set to be a free agent.

Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

Last season, the 28-year-old shortstop hit .300 for the second-straight season and third time in his career. Bogaerts slashed .300/.364/.502 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI. He along with Rafael Devers were one of the best offensive players last season for the Red Sox.

The hope is that the Red Sox should be better this season, but we should not expect Bogaerts to hit for .300 again. In fact, Fantasy Pros projects the veteran shortstop to hit .292 with 28 home runs and 94 RBI. They also believe that Bogaerts will steal 10 bases, which would be tied for his third-highest mark in his career. His ADP is currently at 26, but you could make the case to pick Corey Seager, Tim Anderson, or even Manny Machado over him.