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Who Should I Draft?

Rafael Devers or DJ LeMahieu (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Expert
Recommendation
65%
Recommended by
33 of 51 experts
35%
Recommended by
18 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 19# 24
Best Rank# 13# 13
Worst Rank# 58# 53
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 40# 25
Best Rank# 35# 21
Worst Rank# 45# 29
   
Projections 
   
Runs9599
Home Runs3121
RBI10177
Stolen Bases56
Batting Average.282.307
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 33
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 34# 38
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 33
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 27
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 53
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 17# 29
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 15# 26
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 25
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 19# 22
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 13# 26
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 18# 22
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 17# 22
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 26
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 17# 22
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 25# 28
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 23# 24
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 17# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 26
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 39
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 21# 22
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 37
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 18# 25
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 32
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 22# 23
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 22# 27
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 16# 21
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 22# 25
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 27# 36
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 17# 26
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 15# 23
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 19# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 17# 16
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 20# 15
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 21# 18
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 18
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 23# 20
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 21
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 24# 15
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 24# 16
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 24# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 24# 21
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 25
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 27# 15
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 28# 17
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 29# 21
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 29# 24
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 30# 19
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 58# 13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats232195
   
Runs3241
   
Hits6171
   
Singles3349
   
Doubles1610
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs1110
   
RBI4327
   
Stolen Bases03
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks1318
   
Strikeouts6721
   
Batting Average.263.364
   
On Base Pct.311.421
   
Slugging Pct.483.590
   
On-base Plus Slugging.7931.011
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats589579
   
Runs9599
   
Hits165176
   
Singles91124
   
Doubles4029
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs3121
   
RBI10177
   
Stolen Bases56
   
Caught Stealing32
   
Walks4549
   
Strikeouts13887
   
Batting Average.282.307
   
On Base Pct.334.361
   
Slugging Pct.518.474
   
On-base Plus Slugging.852.835
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
News 
 Rafael Devers went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored in Saturday's 9-3 win over Baltimore.
Liam Gibney
Sun, Sep 19th
DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and scored a run as the Yankees lost to the Indians on Sunday by an 11-3 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 19th
 Rafael Devers went just 1-for-4 on the day, striking out twice. But he salvaged his fantasy day with a solo homer in the eighth inning.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 14th
DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Tuesday in the win against the Orioles.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 15th
 Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and two walks on Monday.
Liam Gibney
Tue, Sep 7th
DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-3 with a walk on Friday night as the Yankees lost to the Mets by a 10-3 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 11th
 Rafael Devers went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs on Saturday.
Liam Gibney
Sun, Sep 5th
DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs on Friday as the Yankees defeated the Orioles in 11 innings.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 4th
 Rafael Devers went 2-for-5 with two home runs, two RBIs and two runs scored on Sunday.
Liam Gibney
Mon, Aug 30th
DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and scored two runs on Monday night as the Yankees lost to the Angels by an 8-7 score.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 31st
Notes 
 Devers' 2020 season was . . . fine. That's about the best you can say about it. He still hit the ball hard, ranking in the 96th percentile in average exit velocity, and he increased his barrel rate significantly. His counting stat paces from his breakout 2019 season went down, but not dramatically so (other than his batting average), and fantasy managers never felt like Devers was a drain on their teams. But, at the same time, his already poor walk rate declined, his strikeout rate jumped to a career worst, and he didn't even attempt a single stolen base. Devers is just 24 years old, so there is plenty of upside for him. The safest course of action is to build in some natural regression from Devers' strong 2019 season, and pencil him in for roughly 30 home runs and 200 combined runs and RBI. That still makes him an asset to any fantasy team.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
LeMahieu will return to the Yankees on a six-year deal, and that is great news for fantasy managers. Since he's been New York, he's provided elite all-around production, most notably in batting average, where he has batted .336. He's blossomed into a 25-home run hitter with plenty of runs and RBI, and a handful of steals that chip in with the category. Add to that LeMahieu's multi-position eligibility and he is a huge asset to every fantasy team. With nothing in his profile to suggest a skills decline, he should be drafted before the third round is out in every fantasy league.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Just like in 2019, Devers got off to a slow start last season. He posted a weak .543 OPS over his first 14 games before coming to life with an .868 mark over his final 43 contests. Devers' O-swing has increased every year that he has been in the league, up to 42.3% in 2020. His breakout 2019 saw him make contact on an unsustainable number of pitchers outside the zone. The young third baseman is able to do damage on anything he makes contact with, but he needs to decrease the amount of strikeout to become a consistently elite hitter.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
One of my biggest fades this season. DJL is great, but is more of a real life player than he is a fantasy player. Not reaching for him at his ceiling.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Devers would be more appealing if he stole bases more often, but batting in the middle of the mediocre Red Sox lineup does not scream huge season. He is a fine pick, but not someone primed to break out.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Over the past two season "DJL" has posted a 183 wRC+ while playing at home compared to a 112 figure on the road. Of course, it's always helpful to be hitting in Yankee Stadium. This makes the fact that he re-signed with the Yankees an important one. LeMahieu is going to keep playing half of his games inside Yankee Stadium. The first modern player to win batting titles in both leagues, LeMahieu's presence on the Yankees means that he's the No. 1 fantasy second baseman for this fantasy writer.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros