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Who Should I Draft?

Josh Bell or Travis d'Arnaud (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
18 of 22 experts
18%
Recommended by
4 of 22 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 82# 98
Best Rank# 54# 49
Worst Rank# 126# 215
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 141# 135
Best Rank# 128# 121
Worst Rank# 172# 158
   
Projections 
   
Runs8153
Home Runs3018
RBI9669
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.270.268
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 98# 108
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 101# 103
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 87# 98
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 94
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 90# 99
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 63# 84
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 77# 132
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 86# 102
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 88# 101
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 85# 102
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 81# 102
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 96# 128
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 66# 125
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 63# 90
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 55# 56
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 97# 215
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 65# 151
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 87# 104
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 87# 83
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 102# 84
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 110# 91
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 126# 49
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats195165
   
Runs2219
   
Hits4453
   
Singles3336
   
Doubles38
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs89
   
RBI2234
   
Stolen Bases01
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks2216
   
Strikeouts5950
   
Batting Average.226.321
   
On Base Pct.305.386
   
Slugging Pct.364.533
   
On-base Plus Slugging.669.919
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats526402
   
Runs8153
   
Hits138107
   
Singles7769
   
Doubles2819
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs3018
   
RBI9669
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks7136
   
Strikeouts135105
   
Batting Average.270.268
   
On Base Pct.349.326
   
Slugging Pct.496.453
   
On-base Plus Slugging.845.779
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Josh Bell
1B,DH - WSH
Josh Bell
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
News 
 Josh Bell and the Nationals avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.35 million deal.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jan 15th
Travis d'Arnaud 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's game against the Twins.
Steve Painter
Tue, Mar 2nd
Notes 
 260 - 30 - 0
Jordan Eisen - Field of Vision Sports
260 - 30 - 0
Jordan Eisen - Field of Vision Sports
 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
It took a long time but d'Arnaud has finally developed into one of the best hitting catchers in the game, as he was projected to be. It's difficult to quite buy what we saw last year, considering d'Arnaud's batting average (.321) and slugging percentage (.533) were miles ahead of his career marks, and even the numbers that he had put up in recent seasons. With that said, he'll bat in the middle of a strong Braves lineup and be presented with plenty of RBI opportunities, so 15 home runs with 55 RBI should be considered the floor for a healthy d'Arnaud. Those numbers aren't just passable, they're extremely strong for a catcher in fantasy, and he should be drafted as a relatively strong first catcher in mixed leagues.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 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