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Who Should I Draft?

Josh Bell or Michael Brantley (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Michael Brantley
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
33 of 50 experts
34%
Recommended by
17 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 76# 81
Best Rank# 44# 54
Worst Rank# 122# 132
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 135# 143
Best Rank# 108# 99
Worst Rank# 147# 152
   
Projections 
   
Runs7975
Home Runs2817
RBI9175
Stolen Bases15
Batting Average.262.296
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 92# 95
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 105# 118
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 58# 91
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 78# 92
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 59# 76
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 132
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 62# 90
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 66# 74
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 81# 89
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 56# 87
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 71# 81
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 64# 83
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 80# 87
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 71# 91
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 87
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 76# 82
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 71# 86
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 70# 84
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 64# 68
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 44# 94
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 78# 82
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 70# 82
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 79# 84
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 70# 85
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 60# 95
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 80# 84
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 74# 92
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 64# 82
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 54# 86
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 79# 81
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 81# 87
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 69# 84
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 52# 79
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 76# 75
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 78# 71
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 78# 71
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 79# 75
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 79# 65
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 80# 77
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 85# 82
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 87# 78
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 87# 77
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 91# 54
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 92# 89
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 96# 61
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 101# 72
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 104# 82
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 105# 69
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 121# 58
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 122# 79
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Michael Brantley
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats195170
   
Runs2224
   
Hits4451
   
Singles3331
   
Doubles315
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs85
   
RBI2222
   
Stolen Bases02
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks2217
   
Strikeouts5928
   
Batting Average.226.300
   
On Base Pct.305.364
   
Slugging Pct.364.477
   
On-base Plus Slugging.669.840
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Michael Brantley
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats514526
   
Runs7975
   
Hits133154
   
Singles77102
   
Doubles2633
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs2817
   
RBI9175
   
Stolen Bases15
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks6948
   
Strikeouts12973
   
Batting Average.262.296
   
On Base Pct.350.355
   
Slugging Pct.486.460
   
On-base Plus Slugging.836.815
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Michael Brantley
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
News 
 Josh Bell destroyed three batted balls, one being his second double of the season. Bell went 1-for-5 with two runs and two strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Mon, Apr 19th
Astros outfielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 in Saturday's win, contributing a single and double. He also scored Houston's lone run after tagging up from third on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Taylor Jones.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Apr 18th
 In Thursday's 11-6 loss to the Diamondbacks, Josh Bell crushed a couple of hard-hit balls, including his double off Merrill Kelly. Bell went 1-for-4 with one run, two RBI, and one strikeout.
Corbin Young
Thu, Apr 15th
Astros outfielder Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a home run in Monday's loss. The blast helped in the runs column, but it didn't make much of a difference in the end result as the Astros lost to the Tigers, 6-2.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, Apr 13th
 Nationals 1B Josh Bell isn't starting in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 14th
Michael Brantley (wrist) is back in the Astros' lineup on Thursday against the A's.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 8th
 In Tuesday's 14-3 loss to the Cardinals, Josh Bell went 0-for-3 with one run, one walk, and one strikeout. In two games, Bell is off to a slow start with one hit in nine plate appearances.
Corbin Young
Tue, Apr 13th
Michael Brantley (wrist) is once again absent from Tuesday's lineup against the Angels.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 6th
 The Nationals have activated Josh Bell off of the COVID-19 IL.
Dan Harris
Mon, Apr 12th
As expected, Michael Brantley is out of the lineup on Monday against the Angels with a wrist injury.
Dan Harris
Mon, Apr 5th
Notes 
 Bell looked like a superstar in the making in the first half of 2019, but struggled for much of the second half of the season and then fell off a cliff in 2020. He slashed a mere .226/.305/.364 and hit only eight home runs. His strikeout and ground ball rates took massive jumps, while his walk rate and launch angle plummeted. Bell blamed his struggles on his swing getting long, and you could tell by how often he changed his stance and swing last year that he simply could not figure things out. Now with the Nationals, the 29-year-old Bell will have a chance to revive his career. We've seen the upside, so he's certainly worth drafting at a discount, but he's much more of a borderline corner infielder than a starting-caliber first baseman.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
After a few hours where it looked like Brantley was heading to the Blue Jays, he'll instead return to the Astros on a two-year contract. Despite his advancing age, Brantley remains one of the safest players in all of fantasy, batting at least .299 in each of the last six seasons in which he played at least 11 games. He both walked and struck out more than usual last season, but given that he played in just 46 games, there's little reason to draw any firm conclusions from that data. The bigger issue is that Brantley excels in only batting average, and although he'll offer something in each of the other four rotisserie categories, he won't be a difference-maker. Draft Brantley in the middle-to-later rounds if you need an average boost, but there's little upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Was his first half 2019 performance a mirage? Bell has never even come close to matching that first half of a season during any other stretch in his career. He now gets a new home with a stronger lineup around him in Washington. If he can even come close to that breakout half, he will be a steal, otherwise, he will be a decent, albeit replaceable, 1B option.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 
 Bell appeared to be enjoying a mid-career breakout two months into the 2019 season but pitchers suddenly stopped throwing him fastballs. The former first-round pick has had a difficult time adjusting back, and that two-month hot streak is beginning to look like an outlier performance. The book isn't closed on Bell being a productive regular, or even a difference-making fantasy asset, but I'm not holding out hope for a return to stardom. Expectations should be tempered.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros