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Who Should I Draft?

DJ LeMahieu or Nolan Arenado (2021)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
Recommended by
37 of 51 experts
Recommended by
14 of 51 experts
ECR# 24# 30
Best Rank# 13# 9
Worst Rank# 53# 60
Composite# 25# 33
Best Rank# 21# 30
Worst Rank# 29# 42
Home Runs2131
Stolen Bases62
Batting Average.307.274
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 28
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 15# 31
Grey Albright
# 33# 34
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 37
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 31
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 39
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 26# 41
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 25# 29
Andrew Gould
# 18# 29
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 22# 30
Rudy Gamble
# 26# 60
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 22# 41
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 33
Chris Meaney
# 23# 26
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 37
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 22# 31
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 20# 47
Nick Mariano
# 21# 36
Mike Maher
# 24# 32
Michael Waterloo
# 15# 26
Dan Harris
# 17# 29
Pierre Camus
# 25# 29
Andrew Seifter
# 16# 32
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 38
Mick Ciallela
# 22# 29
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 37# 45
Ariel Cohen
# 25# 41
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 34# 53
Carmen Maiorano
# 19# 31
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 21# 40
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 15# 37
Nate Miller
# 16# 19
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 25# 31
Corbin Young
# 36# 51
Chris Clegg
# 26# 33
Joe Pisapia
# 23# 29
Nicklaus Gaut
# 27# 42
Beast Dome
# 13# 9
Brad Camara
# 21# 14
Wayne Bretsky
# 21# 20
Brendan Tuma
# 23# 20
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 24# 18
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 26# 19
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 17
Mario Mergola
# 28# 24
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 29
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 32
Site Projections
# 38# 29
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 15
Donkey Teeth
# 46# 41
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 53# 36
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
2020 Stats 
At Bats195182
Home Runs108
Stolen Bases30
Caught Stealing00
Batting Average.364.253
On Base Pct.421.304
Slugging Pct.590.434
On-base Plus Slugging1.011.738
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
2021 Projections 
At Bats579571
Home Runs2131
Stolen Bases62
Caught Stealing21
Batting Average.307.274
On Base Pct.361.345
Slugging Pct.474.494
On-base Plus Slugging.835.839
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
 DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and scored a run as the Yankees lost to the Indians on Sunday by an 11-3 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 19th
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in a 5-2 win over the Brewers on Monday night.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Sep 20th
 DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Tuesday in the win against the Orioles.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 15th
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in an 11-4 rout over the Mets on Wednesday.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 15th
 DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-3 with a walk on Friday night as the Yankees lost to the Mets by a 10-3 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 11th
Nolan Arenado went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 2-0 win over the Reds on Sunday.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Sep 12th
 DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs on Friday as the Yankees defeated the Orioles in 11 innings.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 4th
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored, three RBI, and the go-ahead, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Cardinals a 6-4 win over the Reds on Saturday.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 11th
 DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and scored two runs on Monday night as the Yankees lost to the Angels by an 8-7 score.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 31st
Nolan Arenado went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Lucas Spence
Tue, Sep 7th
 LeMahieu will return to the Yankees on a six-year deal, and that is great news for fantasy managers. Since he's been New York, he's provided elite all-around production, most notably in batting average, where he has batted .336. He's blossomed into a 25-home run hitter with plenty of runs and RBI, and a handful of steals that chip in with the category. Add to that LeMahieu's multi-position eligibility and he is a huge asset to every fantasy team. With nothing in his profile to suggest a skills decline, he should be drafted before the third round is out in every fantasy league.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
On the bright side, Arenado struck out just 10% of the time, a career-best. On the down side, there was everything else. Arenado batted just .253 and put up a 162-game pace of 27 home runs, 78 runs, 88 RBI, and zero steals. Those numbers won't kill your fantasy team, but considering Arenado's worst numbers over the previous five seasons were 37 home runs, 97 runs scored, and 110 RBI, they were a disaster. The good news, at least from the standpoint of projecting Arenado into the future, is that he was dealing with an injured AC joint in his shoulder for most of the season. In other words, fantasy managers can largely ignore Arenado's poor 2020 numbers, and focus instead on how he will perform now that he's been traded to the Cardinals. Although there's likely to be some dip in his numbers, we've seen hitters leave the Rockies and largely retain their value (or, in the case of DJ LeMahieu, increase their value), The best part is you won't have to pay that first-round price anymore, and if his ADP drops after the trade to St. Louis, it should be easy to turn a profit.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 One of my biggest fades this season. DJL is great, but is more of a real life player than he is a fantasy player. Not reaching for him at his ceiling.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
The concern around Arenado leaving Coors may seem a bit overstated, but it is a legitimate concern. He has always been a superior hitter playing in Colorado and his statcast data has been on a steady decline for several years now. He is not someone I have been targeting in drafts.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Over the past two season "DJL" has posted a 183 wRC+ while playing at home compared to a 112 figure on the road. Of course, it's always helpful to be hitting in Yankee Stadium. This makes the fact that he re-signed with the Yankees an important one. LeMahieu is going to keep playing half of his games inside Yankee Stadium. The first modern player to win batting titles in both leagues, LeMahieu's presence on the Yankees means that he's the No. 1 fantasy second baseman for this fantasy writer.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Arenado suffered a shoulder injury in his fifth game of the year in 2020. He played through it, and it clearly affected his power stroke. Instead of crushing doubles and homers over the heads of opposing outfielders, Arenado was weakly flying out. He was later shut down with a week left in the year, and I think it's fair to attribute his poor production to playing through injury. However, there will always be analysts knocking down Arenado for his move away from Coors Field. Yet savvy fantasy managers know by now that playing half your games in Coors hurts your road numbers more than any other park, so we can't simply view Arenado's road numbers as "who he truly is." For example, Matt Holliday's road OPS while with the Rockies was .803. While with the Cardinals? .853. I'm aggressively targeting Arenado anytime he lasts until Round 3 of drafts this spring, and I'll be sure to get some shares late in the second as well.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros