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Who Should I Draft?

Kris Bryant or Will Smith (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
14 of 20 experts
30%
Recommended by
6 of 20 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 69# 78
Best Rank# 51# 59
Worst Rank# 104# 411
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 113# 100
Best Rank# 100# 88
Worst Rank# 129# 111
   
Projections 
   
Runs9158
Home Runs2622
RBI7667
Stolen Bases32
Batting Average.260.248
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 51# 75
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 79
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 71# 83
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 59# 64
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 66# 73
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 71# 116
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 70# 84
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 77# 80
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 84# 97
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 75# 88
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 64# 72
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 65# 411
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 57# 89
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 69# 80
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 67# 64
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 76# 73
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 81# 70
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 82# 59
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 84# 67
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 104# 71
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats131114
   
Runs2023
   
Hits2733
   
Singles1716
   
Doubles59
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs48
   
RBI1125
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks1220
   
Strikeouts4022
   
Batting Average.206.290
   
On Base Pct.293.402
   
Slugging Pct.351.579
   
On-base Plus Slugging.644.980
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats543357
   
Runs9158
   
Hits13987
   
Singles8146
   
Doubles2919
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs2622
   
RBI7667
   
Stolen Bases32
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks6946
   
Strikeouts15196
   
Batting Average.260.248
   
On Base Pct.340.330
   
Slugging Pct.464.486
   
On-base Plus Slugging.804.816
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
News 
 Speaking Thursday, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said he remains interested in a possible long-term deal with the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 25th
 
 SNY's Andy Martino reports the Mets and Cubs are engaged in discussions regarding a possible Kris Bryant trade.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 11th
 
 Kris Bryant agrees to one-year, $19.5 million deal with the Cubs to avoid arbitration.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Jan 15th
 
Notes 
 Bryant had a terrible 2020 season, but it seems like fantasy managers are forgetting how consistent he's been. Over the last four seasons, he has a 162-game pace of a .278 average, 29 home runs, 112 run scored, 80 RBI, and five steals. His quality of contact was awful last season, but hard contact has never really been his calling card anyway, and he battled back and wrist injuries. Bryant doesn't deserve a mulligan entirely for last season, but give it minimal weight in your evaluation.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Smith had an outstanding 2020 season, walking a ton, striking out little, and getting on base at higher than a .400 clip. The power he showed in his 54-game stretch in 2019 remained, and he ranked in the top 10% of the league in wOBA, expected wOBA, and expected slugging percentage. Given how the Dodgers play the entire season with an eye toward the playoffs, as well as the presence of Keibert Ruiz, it's possible that Smith may get more rest than other catchers this year. But that's a minor point against someone who should be one of the top options at his position. He's no worse than a top-five catcher, and there's a good argument that he should be the second player selected at his position.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  If we were only going off what these players did in 2020, then Smith has a good case to be the No. 2 catcher off the board. Track record matters, however, but early on in the fantasy offseason I've identified Smith as my clear-cut target among backstops. Not only does the 25-year-old have a career .937 OPS in 91 games played, but in the 2020 season he cut his strikeout rate by 10% while increasing his power output. His xwOBA ranked within the 95th percentile of the league, as did his strikeout rate. You just don't see that from a catcher very often. There's a real chance that the Dodgers rest him more often than most top catchers sit, but Smith has a seemingly solid floor with the upside of being a true difference-maker at fantasy's weakest position.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros