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Who Should I Draft?

Devin Williams or Will Smith (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
27 of 51 experts
47%
Recommended by
24 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 65# 72
Best Rank# 41# 25
Worst Rank# 118# 112
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 159# 162
Best Rank# 134# 146
Worst Rank# 221# 193
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9177
Wins44
Saves419
ERA3.143.45
WHIP1.181.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 61# 92
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 46# 70
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 59# 82
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 74# 96
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 62# 101
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 66
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 46# 53
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 64
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 63# 71
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 51# 73
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 69# 75
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 58# 85
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 51# 54
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 51# 112
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 56
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 51# 69
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 80# 97
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 67# 111
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 53# 68
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 60# 91
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 72# 81
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 41# 60
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 65# 74
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 54# 99
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 60# 62
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 42# 83
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 53# 34
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 59# 37
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 51
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 62# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 64# 50
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 67# 56
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 69# 46
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 70# 53
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 71# 65
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 71# 50
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 72# 35
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 75# 46
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 75# 64
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 86# 54
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 86# 43
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 90# 41
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 90# 80
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 91# 71
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 96# 67
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 105# 66
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 105# 57
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 107# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 118# 75
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2218
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched27.016.1
   
Wins42
   
Losses12
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds96
   
Hits Allowed811
   
Earned Runs18
   
Home Runs Allowed17
   
Strikeouts5318
   
Walks94
   
ERA0.334.50
   
WHIP0.630.94
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5962
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched65.359.8
   
Wins44
   
Losses33
   
Saves419
   
Blown Saves18
   
Holds188
   
Hits Allowed4848
   
Earned Runs2323
   
Home Runs Allowed79
   
Strikeouts9177
   
Walks2919
   
ERA3.143.45
   
WHIP1.181.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
News 
 Devin Williams converted the save Tuesday against the Cubs, allowing three hits and striking out two in one inning.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Aug 10th
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Padres Sunday, allowing three walks while recording three strikeouts, en route to earning his 35th save of the season.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 26th
 Devin Williams converted the save Wednesday against the Pirates, striking out two and walking one in one inning.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 4th
Will Smith pitched a perfect 10th inning against the Padres Saturday to collect his 34th save.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 26th
 Devin Williams was reinstated from the IL on Tuesday.
Dan Harris
Tue, Jul 27th
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Giants Sunday, striking out two batters en route to sealing a shutout and his 33rd save of the season.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 19th
 Brewers RP Devin Williams (elbow) will play catch on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 20th
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Marlins Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk en route to earning his 32nd save.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 12th
 Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right elbow discomfort.
Brad Camara
Sat, Jul 17th
Will Smith pitched the ninth against the Nationals Tuesday, and it was a quiet seven-pitch inning en route to his 31st save.
Steve Painter
Wed, Sep 8th
Notes 
 You have to hand it to the Brewers - they produce relievers who put up historically great seasons. Williams wasn't just good in 2020 - he was truly beyond belief. A 0.33 ERA. One run and eight hits allowed in 27 innings. A 44% K-BB%. Williams has battled injuries for much of his career, but given what he did last year, he should be drafted among the elite fantasy relievers in the game. Even if he never gets a save chance with Josh Hader in front of him, his ratios make him more than worth it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Smith had a rough 2020 season, losing several weeks to a bout with COVID-19 and being far less effective than usual when he did pitch. His dominant slider just wasn't the same, as batters hit .263 (after never hitting better than .193) and tallied a .398 wOBA (after never totaling higher than .282) against it. But Brian Snitker appears to be willing to throw out Smith's poor season almost entirely. Although he hasn't named Smith the closer, he has professed his confidence in him, and there's been speculation from beat writers that Smith will ultimately win the role after a battle with Chris Martin and A.J. Minter. Draft Smith as the presumptive closer unless you hear otherwise from Braves camp.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 In the shortened 2020 season, Williams became the first reliever to ever win Rookie of the Year without earning a single save. This was a credit to his four wins, nine holds, 0.33 ERA, and 53 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. Williams is once again unlikely to earn many saves in 2021, but his ratios are so elite that he's worth rostering in any and all fantasy leagues. To put in perspective how dominant Williams' changeup is - the spin rate on his changeup led the No. 2 finisher by more than 400 RPM, which was a bigger gap than No. 2 to No. 69. Should anything happen to Josh Hader, Williams would arguably become my top ranked closer in fantasy baseball.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
 
 Devin Williams was incredible in 2020 and ended up taking home the NL Rookie Year of the Year award. He owned a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and a 53:9 K:BB across 27 innings last season. Williams will be one of the more popular relievers off the board for upcoming fantasy drafts, especially in league formats which use the category solds (save and holds). The Brewers reportedly were looking to move on from current closer Josh Hader. Williams would have the closer job all to himself and can be considered a top-5 reliever if Hader is dealt.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros