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Who Should I Draft?

Gary Sanchez or James McCann (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
40 of 51 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 116# 132
Best Rank# 36# 86
Worst Rank# 244# 258
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 142# 185
Best Rank# 136# 149
Worst Rank# 162# 208
   
Projections 
   
Runs5550
Home Runs2616
RBI6751
Stolen Bases13
Batting Average.218.245
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 122# 145
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 115# 144
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 108
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 110# 138
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 36# 121
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 121# 165
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 209# 218
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 117# 129
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 135# 143
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 116# 141
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 109# 190
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 129# 150
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 132# 133
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 117# 130
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 124# 130
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 117# 134
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 105# 114
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 127# 135
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 121# 125
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 106# 161
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 121# 133
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 100# 113
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 93# 137
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 124# 152
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 99# 163
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 96# 151
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 119# 136
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 104# 127
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 111# 131
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 121# 139
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 86# 125
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 116# 129
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 244# 258
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 123# 124
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 100# 144
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 115# 160
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 116# 130
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 47# 106
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 114# 123
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 128# 157
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 124# 122
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 125# 121
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 129# 118
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 133# 132
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 135# 86
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 136# 127
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 140# 116
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 146# 121
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 153# 144
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 158# 137
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 168# 152
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats15697
   
Runs1920
   
Hits2328
   
Singles918
   
Doubles43
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs107
   
RBI2415
   
Stolen Bases01
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks188
   
Strikeouts6430
   
Batting Average.147.289
   
On Base Pct.253.360
   
Slugging Pct.365.536
   
On-base Plus Slugging.618.896
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats375398
   
Runs5550
   
Hits8297
   
Singles4262
   
Doubles1417
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs2616
   
RBI6751
   
Stolen Bases13
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks4230
   
Strikeouts127120
   
Batting Average.218.245
   
On Base Pct.297.298
   
Slugging Pct.466.414
   
On-base Plus Slugging.763.712
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
News 
 Gary Sanchez went 1-for-1 and hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Rangers by a 7-3 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 23rd
James McCann went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Phillies.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Aug 7th
 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
James McCann went 0-for-3.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, Jul 24th
 Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is not in the starting lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Indians.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 17th
James McCann went 2-for-3 with one run scored, one home run, and three RBIs.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Jul 20th
 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
James McCann went 1-for-3 with three RBIs, one home run, one run scored, one walk, and one strikeout.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Jun 30th
 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
James McCann went 1-for-4 with one double and two strikeouts as the Mets fell 3-0 to the Braves.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Jun 23rd
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
McCann will be the everyday catcher for the Mets after putting up his second consecutive successful season for the White Sox. After putting up a .789 OPS in 2019, he jumped up to an .896 mark in 2020, setting a career-high in walk rate. McCann was a part-timer last year, so his rate stats will likely dip as he takes over a heavy workload with the Mets (Wilson Ramos ranked fourth among catchers in plate appearances the last two seasons). But counting stats should be there in spades in a strong Mets lineup. He should be drafted as a starting catcher in 12-team formats.
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
New everyday catcher in one of the most potent lineups in the league. McCann should be a very solid C1 option.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy