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Who Should I Draft?

Tim Anderson or Nolan Arenado (2021)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
Recommended by
35 of 51 experts
Recommended by
16 of 51 experts
ECR# 27# 30
Best Rank# 15# 9
Worst Rank# 44# 60
Composite# 45# 33
Best Rank# 41# 30
Worst Rank# 53# 42
Home Runs2231
Stolen Bases182
Batting Average.289.274
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 28
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 30# 31
Site Projections
# 27# 29
Grey Albright
# 19# 34
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 37
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 25# 31
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 36
Fantasy Team Advice
# 27# 39
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 25# 41
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 29
Andrew Gould
# 25# 29
Rudy Gamble
# 29# 60
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 17# 41
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 33
Chris Meaney
# 21# 26
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 19# 37
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 19# 31
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 47
Nick Mariano
# 22# 36
Mike Maher
# 26# 32
Donkey Teeth
# 28# 41
Pierre Camus
# 22# 29
Andrew Seifter
# 23# 32
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 24# 38
Mick Ciallela
# 23# 29
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 45
Ariel Cohen
# 22# 41
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 22# 53
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 29
Carmen Maiorano
# 20# 31
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 21# 37
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 28# 31
Corbin Young
# 24# 51
Chris Clegg
# 28# 33
Nicklaus Gaut
# 22# 42
Brad Camara
# 25# 14
Brendan Tuma
# 27# 20
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 30# 19
Dan Harris
# 30# 29
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 17
Joe Pisapia
# 31# 29
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 31# 18
Wayne Bretsky
# 31# 20
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 15
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 32# 30
Nate Miller
# 33# 19
Michael Waterloo
# 34# 26
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 32
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 42# 40
Beast Dome
# 42# 9
Mario Mergola
# 44# 24
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
2020 Stats 
At Bats208182
Home Runs108
Stolen Bases50
Caught Stealing20
Batting Average.322.253
On Base Pct.358.304
Slugging Pct.529.434
On-base Plus Slugging.886.738
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
2021 Projections 
At Bats596571
Home Runs2231
Stolen Bases182
Caught Stealing51
Batting Average.289.274
On Base Pct.320.345
Slugging Pct.464.494
On-base Plus Slugging.784.839
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
Nolan Arenado
3B - STL
Nolan Arenado
 Tim Anderson went 4-for-4 on Friday, hitting a double and three singles while also drawing a walk. He'd score two runs and drive in another in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Oct 2nd
Nolan Arenado went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI in a 6-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday as St. Louis clinched a playoff berth in the National League.
Lucas Spence
Tue, Sep 28th
 Tim Anderson went 1-for-4 on Wednesday, hitting a solo home run to make it 6-0 in the seventh inning. He also struck out twice.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 30th
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in a 5-2 win over the Brewers on Monday night.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Sep 20th
 Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 on Thursday, hitting two home runs and a single, driving in four total runs on the game.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Sep 24th
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in an 11-4 rout over the Mets on Wednesday.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 15th
 Tim Anderson was 2-for-5 on Tuesday, hitting a single and a double while also striking out once. He tallied one run scored and one RBI on the day.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
Nolan Arenado went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 2-0 win over the Reds on Sunday.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Sep 12th
 Shortstop Tim Anderson (hamstring) has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the White Sox.
Chris Schommer
Tue, Sep 14th
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored, three RBI, and the go-ahead, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Cardinals a 6-4 win over the Reds on Saturday.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 11th
 Anderson doesn't seem like he should be that valuable in fantasy. He doesn't have a ton of power, he rarely walks, and his quality of contact is nothing to write home about. But he's hit .335 and .322 the last two seasons, and although both numbers significantly surpass his xBA, it's clear that Anderson is going to be a plus value in that category. He won't excel in any other area, but he will chip in about 20 homers and 15-20 steals which, along with his batting average, makes him an excellent value given that his ADP is always in check.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
On the bright side, Arenado struck out just 10% of the time, a career-best. On the down side, there was everything else. Arenado batted just .253 and put up a 162-game pace of 27 home runs, 78 runs, 88 RBI, and zero steals. Those numbers won't kill your fantasy team, but considering Arenado's worst numbers over the previous five seasons were 37 home runs, 97 runs scored, and 110 RBI, they were a disaster. The good news, at least from the standpoint of projecting Arenado into the future, is that he was dealing with an injured AC joint in his shoulder for most of the season. In other words, fantasy managers can largely ignore Arenado's poor 2020 numbers, and focus instead on how he will perform now that he's been traded to the Cardinals. Although there's likely to be some dip in his numbers, we've seen hitters leave the Rockies and largely retain their value (or, in the case of DJ LeMahieu, increase their value), The best part is you won't have to pay that first-round price anymore, and if his ADP drops after the trade to St. Louis, it should be easy to turn a profit.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  The concern around Arenado leaving Coors may seem a bit overstated, but it is a legitimate concern. He has always been a superior hitter playing in Colorado and his statcast data has been on a steady decline for several years now. He is not someone I have been targeting in drafts.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
  Arenado suffered a shoulder injury in his fifth game of the year in 2020. He played through it, and it clearly affected his power stroke. Instead of crushing doubles and homers over the heads of opposing outfielders, Arenado was weakly flying out. He was later shut down with a week left in the year, and I think it's fair to attribute his poor production to playing through injury. However, there will always be analysts knocking down Arenado for his move away from Coors Field. Yet savvy fantasy managers know by now that playing half your games in Coors hurts your road numbers more than any other park, so we can't simply view Arenado's road numbers as "who he truly is." For example, Matt Holliday's road OPS while with the Rockies was .803. While with the Cardinals? .853. I'm aggressively targeting Arenado anytime he lasts until Round 3 of drafts this spring, and I'll be sure to get some shares late in the second as well.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros