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Who Should I Draft?

Ramon Laureano or Will Smith (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ramon Laureano
CF,RF - OAK
Ramon Laureano
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
35 of 50 experts
30%
Recommended by
15 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 82# 95
Best Rank# 50# 67
Worst Rank# 112# 276
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 147# 100
Best Rank# 133# 86
Worst Rank# 156# 121
   
Projections 
   
Runs8256
Home Runs2321
RBI7365
Stolen Bases132
Batting Average.253.250
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 74# 75
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 69# 109
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 50# 70
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 58# 138
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 77# 103
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 81# 203
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 88# 151
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 82# 90
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 78# 98
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 73# 90
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 93# 103
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 83# 84
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 84# 113
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 75# 80
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 79# 83
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 83# 93
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 97# 104
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 86# 94
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 91# 92
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 85# 245
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 87# 108
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 82# 107
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 65# 87
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 84# 85
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 82# 88
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 89# 92
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 88# 276
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 79# 91
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 88# 192
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 85# 89
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 52# 89
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 83# 92
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 82# 86
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 66# 88
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 80# 105
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 75# 73
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 79# 67
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 80# 73
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 81# 80
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 83# 76
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 85# 83
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 87# 74
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 87# 83
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 93# 67
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 102# 75
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 104# 69
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 104# 96
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 106# 83
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 111# 107
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 112# 72
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ramon Laureano
CF,RF - OAK
Ramon Laureano
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats183114
   
Runs2723
   
Hits3933
   
Singles2416
   
Doubles89
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs68
   
RBI2525
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks2420
   
Strikeouts5822
   
Batting Average.213.290
   
On Base Pct.338.402
   
Slugging Pct.366.579
   
On-base Plus Slugging.704.980
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ramon Laureano
CF,RF - OAK
Ramon Laureano
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats531343
   
Runs8256
   
Hits13385
   
Singles7945
   
Doubles2919
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs2321
   
RBI7365
   
Stolen Bases132
   
Caught Stealing41
   
Walks5144
   
Strikeouts16092
   
Batting Average.253.250
   
On Base Pct.319.337
   
Slugging Pct.444.484
   
On-base Plus Slugging.763.821
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ramon Laureano
CF,RF - OAK
Ramon Laureano
Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
News 
 Ramon Laureano went 1-for-5 with one run and two strikeouts in the Athletics 7-5 win Tuesday over Arizona.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Apr 14th
Will Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and a strikeout in the Dodgers 4-2 series-clinching win over the Rockies on Sunday.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Apr 5th
 Ramon Laureano went 2-for-4 with two runs, one walk and one strikeout in the Athletics 9-5 win Monday over Arizona.
Ari Koslow
Tue, Apr 13th
Will Smith went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI in the Dodgers 11-6 win over the Rockies on Friday.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Apr 3rd
 Ramon Laureano went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and one walk in the Athletics 7-3 win Saturday over the Astros.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Apr 10th
Dodgers catcher Will Smith is in the lineup and batting sixth on Friday after fellow catcher Austin Barnes got the starting nod on Opening Day.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Fri, Apr 2nd
 Ramon Laureano went 0-for-4 with two stolen bases and one run scored in the Athletics 4-3 win Wednesday over the Dodgers.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Apr 8th
Dodgers catcher Will Smith is absent from Thursday's Opening day lineup against the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 1st
 Ramon Laureano went 2-for-4 with one RBI in the Athletics 5-1 loss Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Apr 7th
Dodgers catcher Will Smith is projected to start "somewhere around 90 games" this season, according to manager Dave Roberts.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Mar 20th
Notes 
 Laureano had a down 2020, which included a .213 batting average and a sharp decline in his Statcast data, as well as his steal attempts. But he had provided a fairly solid baseline over the two prior seasons, with a .288 batting average, 29 home runs, and 20 steals while being caught just three times over 171 games. Laureano doesn't excel anywhere, but he'll chip in almost everywhere, and you can get him beyond the 12th round in most drafts. He's an ideal fourth outfielder in mixed leagues.
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
  The only catcher I think has a better than outside chance at supplanting Realmuto as the C1, he just needs the playing time. Hopefully the Dodgers fully unleash him and stop resting him so often.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
  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