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Who Should I Draft?

Gary Sanchez or Austin Nola (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Nola
C,1B,2B - SD
Austin Nola
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 116# 166
Best Rank# 36# 112
Worst Rank# 244# 289
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 142# 224
Best Rank# 136# 171
Worst Rank# 162# 258
   
Projections 
   
Runs5545
Home Runs2611
RBI6747
Stolen Bases12
Batting Average.218.254
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 122# 157
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 115# 123
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 135# 139
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 140# 183
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 108# 221
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 110# 158
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 36
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 121
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 209# 232
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 117# 143
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 135# 136
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 125# 141
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 116# 139
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 109# 162
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 132# 168
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 168# 218
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 117# 159
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 124
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 117# 120
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 146# 174
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 105# 289
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 127
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 153# 170
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 121# 248
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 106# 205
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 121# 170
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 100# 135
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 93# 123
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 124
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 136# 171
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 99# 116
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 96# 121
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 119# 183
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 158
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 104# 201
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 111# 186
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 86# 137
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 116# 137
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 123# 157
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 100# 168
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 115
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 116# 152
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 47# 182
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 114# 155
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 128
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 124# 171
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 121# 112
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 129# 115
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 129# 127
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 133# 121
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 244# 214
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Nola
C,1B,2B - SD
Austin Nola
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats156161
   
Runs1924
   
Hits2344
   
Singles927
   
Doubles49
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs107
   
RBI2428
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks1818
   
Strikeouts6434
   
Batting Average.147.273
   
On Base Pct.253.353
   
Slugging Pct.365.472
   
On-base Plus Slugging.618.825
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Nola
C,1B,2B - SD
Austin Nola
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats375342
   
Runs5545
   
Hits8287
   
Singles4257
   
Doubles1418
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs2611
   
RBI6747
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks4236
   
Strikeouts12781
   
Batting Average.218.254
   
On Base Pct.297.326
   
Slugging Pct.466.410
   
On-base Plus Slugging.763.735
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Nola
C,1B,2B - SD
Austin Nola
News 
 Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Monday.
John Aubin
Tue, Sep 21st
Austin Nola (knee) went 0-for-3 with two walks in his return from the injured list on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 23rd
 Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is not in the starting lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Indians.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 17th
Austin Nola (knee) caught a bullpen on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 2nd
 Gary Sanchez went 0-for-2 with two walks and scored a run on Thursday as the Yankees lost to the Orioles by a 3-2 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 17th
Padres catcher Austin Nola (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday.
Brad Camara
Thu, May 27th
 Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a hit by a pitch in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Toronto.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 10th
Austin Nola went 1-3 with a single and a walk in the Padres' win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
Matt Flipi
Mon, May 17th
 Gary Sánchez went 2-for-4 hitting a pair of homers with six RBI on Sunday in the Yankees' loss to the Orioles.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 5th
Padres catcher Austin Nola underwent X-rays on his left hand Friday that came back negative.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 8th
Notes 
 If you want to credit last season's numbers, then you're going to avoid Sanchez like the plague. He batted a ridiculous .147 and struck out 36% of the time. When Sanchez did hit the ball, he still hit it really, really hard, like he always has. But he just simply can't stop himself from swinging (13.8% swinging strike rate), and especially from swinging outside the zone (31.5% O-Swing%, which was actually better than his career rate). It wasn't that long ago that Sanchez was one of the top catchers drafted, and he's still just 28 years old. If he can just cut down on his whiffs, he can easily be a top-five catcher, so buy him for his upside, while also making sure to focus on batting average elsewhere.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Nola has proven to be a quality bat for a catcher over the last two seasons, batting .271 with 17 home runs in 127 games over that span. He's in a great situation with the Padres, even if he will be batting at the bottom of the lineup, but a fractured finger will likely lead him to begin the season on the IL. Depending on how much time he'll miss, that could create a buying opportunity, as his ADP should drop a bit. As long he isn't projected to miss more than a couple of weeks, take the discount and enjoy premium production from the catcher position for the rest of the season.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 There isn't a lot of positive things to say about Sanchez other than that this is easily the cheapest he has ever been as a fantasy baseball player. He hit 34 homers back in 2019, which is an achievement perhaps no other catcher can be expected to match this year. He's going late enough in drafts that there isn't much downside to taking him. I'd rather risk it with Sanchez (and play the waiver wire if he doesn't work out) than draft one of the first few backstops where the opportunity cost for other positions is much higher.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Nola was one of my favorite draft values prior to injuring himself. The hope is it will be a quick recovery and his drop in ADP from this injury will prove to make him an even better pick. Nola is an underrated hitter and the Padres gave up their fair share of prospects to acquire him in the middle of last season. He is their guy.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy