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Who Should I Draft?

Matt Olson or Salvador Perez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Salvador Perez
C - KC
Salvador Perez
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
16 of 20 experts
20%
Recommended by
4 of 20 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 56# 67
Best Rank# 32# 47
Worst Rank# 90# 165
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 84# 89
Best Rank# 76# 76
Worst Rank# 89# 110
   
Projections 
   
Runs8058
Home Runs3625
RBI9778
Stolen Bases22
Batting Average.240.264
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 57# 68
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 55# 69
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 47# 69
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 59# 70
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 54# 67
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 60# 68
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 54# 68
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 55# 83
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 60# 89
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 32# 66
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 59# 63
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 53# 74
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 57# 165
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 54# 77
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 47# 83
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 55# 71
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 56# 53
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 66# 58
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 90# 58
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Salvador Perez
C - KC
Salvador Perez
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats210150
   
Runs2822
   
Hits4150
   
Singles2227
   
Doubles412
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs1411
   
RBI4232
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks343
   
Strikeouts7736
   
Batting Average.195.333
   
On Base Pct.310.353
   
Slugging Pct.424.633
   
On-base Plus Slugging.734.986
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Salvador Perez
C - KC
Salvador Perez
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats533461
   
Runs8058
   
Hits126121
   
Singles6571
   
Doubles2325
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs3625
   
RBI9778
   
Stolen Bases22
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks7019
   
Strikeouts167105
   
Batting Average.240.264
   
On Base Pct.326.291
   
Slugging Pct.490.486
   
On-base Plus Slugging.815.777
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Salvador Perez
C - KC
Salvador Perez
News 
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Notes 
 Olson again hit for a ton of power last year, and ranked in the top nine percent of the league in average exit velocity for the third straight season. But he struck out 31.4% of the time, which contributed to a massive average drop to just .195. Olson had a bit of bad luck, as his xBA was .224, but still, it was by far his worst career mark. Although he'll never be a high average hitter, it's a good bet that he'll return something this year closer to his .245 career mark. Combine that with his likely near-40 home run season, and he'll make a fine mid-round selection and starting first baseman for any fantasy team.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Perez returned from missing all of the 2019 season to put up monstrous numbers. He batted .333 with 11 home runs in just 37 games. Sure, his meager walk rate became even worst and he struck out more than ever, but his strong numbers were absolutely earned. He had an expected batting average of .325, an expected slugging percentage of .624, and barreled baseballs at a significantly higher rate than he ever had before. Perez will be 31 years old this year this year but considering that he's had just 156 plate appearances combined over the past two years (after having one of the heaviest workloads for a catcher over the previous six seasons), he should have some gas left in the tank. Draft him as a top-three catcher without hesitation.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Olson's Statcast profile was a bit all over the place last year. However, the biggest reason to buy back in this season is the disastrous .227 BABIP he posted (compared to .292 and .300 marks from the previous two campaigns). Olson still managed to hit 14 homers in the shortened season, which means the power is still there. The expectation of some better luck means he might be my single biggest first base target in drafts this spring.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Perez is the consensus No. 2 catcher coming off draft boards so far. His career year in 2020 was backed up by his Statcast data, but it was also just a 37-game sample. Volume is one of Perez's calling cards as he typically plays a good amount more than other catchers. Entering 2021, one could make a case that volume plus his newfound skills make him an enviable target come draft day. However, I've yet to find what made 2020 so different for him other than it being a hot streak. I'd rather wait to fill my catcher slot than drafting one of the "elite" options.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros