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Who Should I Draft?

Salvador Perez or Willson Contreras (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
45 of 51 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 69# 90
Best Rank# 32# 57
Worst Rank# 149# 184
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 84# 117
Best Rank# 76# 90
Worst Rank# 104# 132
   
Projections 
   
Runs5764
Home Runs2619
RBI7765
Stolen Bases23
Batting Average.263.256
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 73
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 64# 80
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 48# 57
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 78# 113
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 74# 90
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 68# 83
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 85
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 101# 166
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 88# 115
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 72# 95
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 67# 84
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 62# 84
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 85# 108
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 63# 104
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 63# 97
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 70# 121
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 67# 84
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 67# 72
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 67# 81
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 77# 79
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 83
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 85# 99
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 68# 87
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 93# 103
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 66# 75
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 86
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 68# 120
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 61# 81
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 73# 88
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 66# 98
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 88# 141
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 46# 78
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 47# 72
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 69# 107
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 78# 79
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 67# 88
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 149# 184
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 67# 101
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 55# 88
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 76# 86
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 68# 88
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 32# 66
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 63# 86
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 71# 80
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 68# 108
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 74# 65
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 80# 70
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 83# 80
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 88# 67
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 89# 86
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 114# 105
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats150189
   
Runs2237
   
Hits5046
   
Singles2729
   
Doubles1210
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs117
   
RBI3226
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing02
   
Walks320
   
Strikeouts3657
   
Batting Average.333.243
   
On Base Pct.353.356
   
Slugging Pct.633.407
   
On-base Plus Slugging.986.763
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats457421
   
Runs5764
   
Hits119107
   
Singles7064
   
Doubles2421
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs2619
   
RBI7765
   
Stolen Bases23
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks1947
   
Strikeouts105118
   
Batting Average.263.256
   
On Base Pct.292.330
   
Slugging Pct.483.450
   
On-base Plus Slugging.774.780
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
News 
 Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's 7-2 loss against the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Fri, Sep 17th
Willson Contreras went 2-for-4 versus the Phillies Thursday. He scored twice, drove in two, and hit his 19th homer of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Fri, Sep 17th
 Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run during Wednesday's 12-10 loss to the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 16th
Willson Contreras went 1-for-3 with a walk versus Philadelphia Tuesday. He would come around to score the first run for the Cubs.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, Sep 15th
 Salvador Perez went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 15th
Willson Contreras went 2-for-3 versus the Giants Saturday. He would drive in two runs, including the first run of the game.
Jamie Mellor
Sun, Sep 12th
 Salvador Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk during Wednesday's 9-8 loss in Baltimore.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 9th
Willson Contreras went 0-for-4 Wednesday versus Cincinnati. However, he scored what was technically the winning run in the 10th inning.
Jamie Mellor
Thu, Sep 9th
 Salvador Perez went 1-for-3, delivering a three-run home run and walking once during Sunday's 6-0 win over White Sox.
Andy Zimmerman
Sun, Sep 5th
Willson Contreras went 1-for-4 versus the Reds Tuesday. He would blast a homer from the leadoff spot in the order for the Cubs' first run in the third inning. The blast was his 18th of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, Sep 8th
Notes 
 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
Contreras has established a pretty decent baseline for what fantasy managers can expect over the course of a full season. He'll likely give you a floor of 15 home runs and 110 combined runs and RBI, with upside for more. Those numbers don't sound impressive, but they're enough to make Contreras a top-five catcher easily. Given his safety, there's an argument to be made to take him as high as second overall at the position. But, even so, there's no need to select him before the eighth round or so, as there's not an appreciable difference in the production of the next seven or eight catchers beyond J.T. Realmuto.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Salvy was tremendous in 2020, but we have seen his capabilities for years now, so why is everyone weighing the 2020 season so much in their catcher projections? Sure he will likely finish as a top 5 catcher barring health, but his ADP makes little sense, especially in 1C leagues.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
At this point Contreras is who he is. I understand the appeal, but when you can get someone like Travis d'Arnaud several rounds later, there is really no reason to draft Contreras at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 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