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Who Should I Draft?

Bo Bichette or Aaron Nola (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 21# 23
Best Rank# 12# 14
Worst Rank# 61# 63
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 22
Best Rank# 22# 22
Worst Rank# 31# 25
   
Projections 
   
Runs88
Home Runs2324
RBI84
Stolen Bases21
Batting Avg.287
Strikeouts124222
Wins13
Saves0
ERA3.56
WHIP1.17
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 22
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 28# 23
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 61# 21
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 31# 16
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 14
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 27# 20
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 19
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 23# 21
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 21
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 23# 22
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 22# 20
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 23# 20
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 24# 16
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 22
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 27# 21
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 20
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 28# 16
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 29# 25
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 24
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 24# 21
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 21
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 31# 16
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 20# 17
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 38# 18
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 53# 30
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 23# 22
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 43# 37
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 37# 28
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 12# 28
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 15# 20
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 17# 22
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 18# 35
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 18# 44
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 19# 22
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 19# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 19# 63
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 19# 20
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 20# 23
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 20# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 20# 23
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 20# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 26
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 21# 31
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 21# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 21# 23
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 21# 32
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 22# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 22# 28
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 22# 23
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 23# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 23# 24
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 23# 25
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 25# 31
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 25# 46
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 30# 34
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 36# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs18
   
Home Runs59
   
RBI23
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.301
   
Strikeouts2796
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.28
   
WHIP1.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs88
   
Home Runs2324
   
RBI84
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Batting Avg.287
   
Strikeouts124222
   
Wins13
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.56
   
WHIP1.17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
News 
 Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 30th
Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Sep 30th
 Bo Bichette went 2-for-4 with an RBI, scored a run, and stole a base on Tuesday in the 7-2 loss to the Yankees.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 29th
Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed six earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight over six innings in Thursday's win over the Pirates.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Fri, Sep 24th
 Bo Bichette went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 23rd
Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed three earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Sep 8th
 Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with three singles, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Twins.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 19th
Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed six earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Thursday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Fri, Sep 3rd
 Bo Bichette went 2-for-3 with a home run and drove in five runs Wednesday as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays by a 6-3 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 16th
Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed two earned runs on three hits and no walks while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, Aug 28th
Notes 
 Bichette missed about half the season with a knee injury last year, but was productive when he was on the field, batting .301 with an .840 OPS. His 162-game pace was 28 home runs, 100 runs, 128 RBI, and 22 steals, so he was well on his way to earning his lofty draft price. If there was a wart to Bichette's season it was that his walk rate dropped to just 3.9%, one of the worst in the league. But, given that he had just 128 plate appearances, that's likely just the product of a small sample size, since he never walked at less than a 6.6% clip in his career. Batting in a stacked lineup, Bichette should once again put up strong five-category numbers, and should be one of the first shortstops drafted in fantasy leagues again in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Nola bounced back from his disappointing 2019 campaign, and looked much closer to the 2018 breakout version of himself last year. His set a career mark in strikeout rate (33.2%, which ranked in the top nine percent in the league) and swinging strike rate (13.4%), and brought his walk rate down to just eight percent. Nola also got batters to swing at pitches outside the strike zone at a rate of 38.1%, far better than he had ever done in his career, and they made contact less than ever, at a rate of only 59.1%. The reason for the change was Nola relying far less on his fastball and more on his changeup, which kept hitters off balance and made both pitches more effective. Nola doesn't throw particularly hard, so his success relies much more on command and finding the right pitch mix, both of which he excelled at in 2020. If he can keep that going in 2021, and it's a good bet he will, he should be considered a fantasy ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Bo Bichette slashed .301/.328/.512 with five home runs and four stolen bases across 128 plate appearances in 2020. The 22-year-old has successfully swiped eight bases in just 13 attempts in his MLB career, but has yet to flash the speed he displayed in the minors. He has a ton of upside and should once again produce in a loaded Blue Jays lineup. Bichette has plenty of room for growth and is considered a top-10 middle-infield option in 2021.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros
 
 Frankly, I've been shocked to see how high Bichette is going in fantasy drafts so far this offseason. We're spending second-round picks on a player with just 75 big league games to his name? Of course, his 162-game pace equates to 35 homers and 17 stolen bases, and Toronto's lineup only got better this winter. There are a lot of reasons to be bullish on Bichette these days, but I can't pass on established studs like Xander Bogaerts and Nolan Arenado for him. Perhaps Bichette's aggressive ADP is due to the need for stolen bases. In that case, it's worth pointing out that the youngster is just 8-for-13 in theft attempts to begin his career.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros