The 2021 fantasy baseball season is quickly approaching and it's time to start preparing for your drafts. As important as it is to select top tier MLB players, finding top sleepers at each position is just as crucial if you want to bring home a title.
Now, finding those sleepers isn't always easy. In the later rounds of the draft, you could find multiple sleeper picks that end up exceeding expectations, but also find a few that disappoint. However, these are the kinds of picks that end up separating the winners from the losers.
With that in mind, here are our top-three sleeper first basemen for the 2021 fantasy baseball season.
1. Evan White, Seattle Mariners
If you're looking for power at the first baseman position, Evan White is your guy. While he rookie campaign was underwhelming overall, he had a 52.5% hard-hit rate and showed he has the talent to hit 25+ home runs in a full season. Yes, he is going to strikeout a lot, but that percentage is also likely to decrease as he racks up plate appearances. White is the type of player that will cost you next to nothing at his current average draft position (ADP; No. 53 among 1B according to FantasyPros' data), but has the potential to become a starting caliber first baseman in fantasy baseball this season.
2. Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros
Yuli Gurriel is a veteran MLB player that looks poised to bounce back in 2021 after slashing just .232/.274/.384 last season. His current ADP is No. 33 among first basemen despite hitting in the middle of one of the strongest offensive lineups in the league. Selecting Gurriel means overlooking his 2020 season as an outlier, as he hit 31 home runs and drove in 104 runs just the year prior in 2019. Even if he cannot return to those types of numbers, Gurriel has the experience and talent to be a capable utility player or backup first baseman in your fantasy baseball lineup.
3. Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks
Christian Walker still isn't receiving the respect he deserves after quietly being a solid fantasy baseball first baseman over the past two seasons. In 2019 and 2020 combined, Walker hit 36 home runs and drove in 107 runs. He also presents some speed at a position that usually lacks in that category as he racked up 9 stolen bases in that same time span. Walker possesses a type of natural power at the plate that gives him a shot at hitting 30+ home runs this season. His current ADP is No. 28 among 1B, which allows you to take a chance on this boom-or-bust player without sacrificing balance within your team.
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