2013 Fantasy Baseball: Is 3B Todd Frazier Worth the Hype?

By Adam McGill
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One of the most talked about names in fantasy baseball recently has been Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier.

Frazier had a brilliant rookie season, but it was simply overshadowed by Bryce Harper’s coming out party. Frazier blasted six triples and 19 home runs with 67 RBIs in just 128 games. He also hit a very respectable .273 and had a .331 On Base Percentage. It was an all-around respectable performance from the first-year player.

However, all anyone can talk about this off-season is the youngster’s ability to field multiple positions. Last season, he played 75 games at third, 40 games at first, seven games in left field, and one game in right. In most leagues that just leaves Frazier eligible at first and third, but it appears to be enough for most owners.

Yet people don’t realize that this rookie is already 27 years old. Frazier has also never been known as a home run hitter. He has never hit more than 19 homers in a MiLB season and averaged just 14.8 home runs in his five extended seasons in the minors.

Frazier is simply not a reliable fantasy option yet. He could be utilized as a starter in 14-man leagues, but he isn’t worth reaching for in any format. I would rather have a plethora of the more experienced options at the position, than waste a mid-round pick on a sophomore 3B.

Frazier isn’t even in my top-10 at the position; so only grab him if you are the last person to draft a third basemen this season.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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