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Who Should I Draft?

Josh Bell or J.T. Realmuto (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
24 of 45 experts
47%
Recommended by
21 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 53# 56
Best Rank# 23# 32
Worst Rank# 111# 113
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 54# 84
Best Rank# 47# 52
Worst Rank# 64# 94
   
Projections 
   
Runs2931
Home Runs910
RBI2835
Stolen Bases30
Batting Average.276.276
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 86
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 53
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 53# 73
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 36# 63
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 28# 85
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 52# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 40
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 55# 57
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 53# 63
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 53
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 68# 69
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 40# 60
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 38# 113
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 55# 58
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 37# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 52# 68
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 53# 58
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 43# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 51# 58
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 42
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 48# 61
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 53# 54
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 24# 50
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 52# 57
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 64# 32
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 87# 37
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 111# 39
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 50# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 82# 42
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 49# 46
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 51# 47
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 53# 47
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 55# 47
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 52# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 52# 49
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 63# 49
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 53# 49
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 59# 49
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 78# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 58# 53
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 55# 54
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 65# 55
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 67# 59
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 70# 63
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 66# 65
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats538527
   
Runs9294
   
Hits148146
   
Singles8469
   
Doubles3637
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs2537
   
RBI83116
   
Stolen Bases90
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks4174
   
Strikeouts123118
   
Batting Average.275.277
   
On Base Pct.328.367
   
Slugging Pct.493.569
   
On-base Plus Slugging.820.936
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats185194
   
Runs2931
   
Hits5154
   
Singles3030
   
Doubles1112
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs910
   
RBI2835
   
Stolen Bases30
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks1528
   
Strikeouts4244
   
Batting Average.276.276
   
On Base Pct.329.368
   
Slugging Pct.482.501
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.869
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
News 
 J.T. Realmuto told reporters Thursday that extension talks with the Phillies have not progressed since the shutdown.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 9th
 
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Twins. The homer was his second of the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 11th
 
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-3 with a home run in Wednesday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The homer was his first of the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 4th
 
Notes 
 Look, we get it. No one really wants to draft a catcher. And for those of you in two-catcher leagues (first off, stop), no one wants to draft two catchers. But if you decide that you want to have an advantage at the position, it makes sense to take J.T. Realmuto here because of the overall production he'll bring and the added volume of games he'll play in his second season in Philadelphia. If there are no other players you like on the board and you feel like you can get adequate value at the other positions later, go ahead and click the draft button.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Prior to 2019, Josh Bell's career mimicked that of James Loney, as he was a big first baseman who hit the ball on the ground ... a lot. That's why his 2019 season caught some by surprise because he continued to hit the ball hard, but hew as elevating it now to the tune of 37 home runs. Is it a pop-up year? Well, his numbers declined in the second half of the season, but you could make the argument that they really just leveled off, as is the case when most players put up huge numbers that they typically don't in the first half of the season (a la the home run derby "curse"). Bell has the pedigree - and now the peripherals - to back up the breakout season. At a shallow position, buy-in.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Realmuto didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations last year but still managed to finish as the top catcher in fantasy baseball. He is a near-lock to again lead the position in steals and runs while providing 20+ homers, 75+ RBI and a solid batting average. His ceiling might not be as high as Gary Sanchez, but you know you are drafting a sure-fire top 100 player with Realmuto.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Bell had a true breakout season in 2019, improving drastically in pretty much every measurable category. His increases in exit velocity (2.3 mph), launch angle (3.8 degrees), and barrels per plate appearance (3.8%) showed that his gains were not fluky, and he even recovered from what looked to be a second-half collapse with a .927 OPS in August. The issue for Bell is that even with the improvements, a first baseman who bats .277 and slugs 37 home runs is not blowing the fantasy world away. Buy many of the gains, but don't go crazy on draft day.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Bell slowed down a ton after the break but was so terrific to start the season that he still finished with 37 homers, 116 RBIs and a .277 batting average. There is potential for more, but considering how he ended the year, perhaps a little risk as well for the price tag.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros