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Who Should I Draft?

Bo Bichette or Aaron Nola (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
28 of 55 experts
49%
Recommended by
27 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 23# 21
Best Rank# 14# 12
Worst Rank# 63# 61
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 22# 24
Best Rank# 22# 22
Worst Rank# 25# 31
   
Projections 
   
Runs88
Home Runs2423
RBI84
Stolen Bases21
Batting Avg.287
Strikeouts222124
Wins13
Saves0
ERA3.56
WHIP1.17
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 21# 61
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 16# 31
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 27
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 20# 27
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 20
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 21# 23
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 21# 24
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 22# 23
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 22
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 20# 23
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 16# 24
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 23
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 21# 27
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 20# 26
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 21# 24
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 26
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 16# 31
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 17# 20
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 18# 38
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 30# 53
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 22# 23
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 37# 43
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 28# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 28# 12
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 20# 15
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 22# 17
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 18
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 44# 18
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 19
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 25# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 19
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 19
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 23# 20
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 30# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 23# 20
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 20
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 21
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 31# 21
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 29# 21
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 23# 21
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 32# 21
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 22
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 28# 22
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 32# 23
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 23
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 23
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 31# 25
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 46# 25
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 34# 30
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 42# 36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs18
   
Home Runs95
   
RBI23
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.301
   
Strikeouts9627
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.28
   
WHIP1.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs88
   
Home Runs2423
   
RBI84
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Batting Avg.287
   
Strikeouts222124
   
Wins13
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.56
   
WHIP1.17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Aaron Nola
SP - PHI
Aaron Nola
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
News 
 Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out 10 over six innings in Tuesday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The win brings him to 3-1 on the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, May 5th
Bo Bichette went 1-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run as the Blue Jays lost to the Astros by a 10-4 score on Friday night.
John Aubin
Sat, May 8th
 Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four in Saturday's win over the Rockies. The win brings him to 2-1 on the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sun, Apr 25th
Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two steals on Thursday while helping the Blue Jays to a 10-4 win over the Athletics.
John Aubin
Fri, May 7th
 Phillies ace Aaron Nola tossed a complete game shutout in Sunday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out ten while allowing to hits and no walks.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Mon, Apr 19th
Bo Bichette went 1-for-5 at the plate with three runs and a stolen base in a victory over the Athletics on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, May 6th
 Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Apr 14th
Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 at the plate with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 13-5 rout of Atlanta.
John Aubin
Sat, May 1st
 Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Apr 8th
Bo Bichette went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run on Wednesday as the Blue Jays lost to the Nationals by an 8-2 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 29th
Notes 
 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
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
  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