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Who Should I Draft?

Travis d'Arnaud or Gary Sanchez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
42 of 51 experts
18%
Recommended by
9 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 106# 116
Best Rank# 56# 36
Worst Rank# 206# 244
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 140# 142
Best Rank# 119# 136
Worst Rank# 152# 162
   
Projections 
   
Runs5255
Home Runs1826
RBI6967
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.267.218
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 105# 133
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 88# 122
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 77# 115
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 56# 135
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 120# 140
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 101# 108
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 87# 110
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 93# 121
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 160# 209
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 116# 117
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 119# 135
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 97# 125
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 97# 116
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 94# 109
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 103# 129
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 104# 132
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 134# 168
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 109# 117
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 102# 124
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 100# 117
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 118# 146
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 95# 105
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 101# 127
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 109# 153
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 105# 121
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 88# 100
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 119# 124
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 119# 136
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 98# 99
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 102# 119
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 126# 158
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 84# 104
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 93# 111
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 90# 121
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 105# 116
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 206# 244
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 78# 129
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 90# 100
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 107# 116
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 98# 114
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 106# 128
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 87# 124
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 87# 86
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 99# 93
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 103# 47
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 106
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 124# 96
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 135# 36
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 136# 123
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 175# 121
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 178# 115
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats165156
   
Runs1919
   
Hits5323
   
Singles369
   
Doubles84
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs910
   
RBI3424
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks1618
   
Strikeouts5064
   
Batting Average.321.147
   
On Base Pct.386.253
   
Slugging Pct.533.365
   
On-base Plus Slugging.919.618
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats399375
   
Runs5255
   
Hits10682
   
Singles6842
   
Doubles1914
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs1826
   
RBI6967
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks3642
   
Strikeouts104127
   
Batting Average.267.218
   
On Base Pct.328.297
   
Slugging Pct.450.466
   
On-base Plus Slugging.778.763
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
News 
 Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Rockies Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 16th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a hit by a pitch in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Toronto.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 10th
 Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a run scored against the Marlins Friday.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 10th
Gary Sánchez went 2-for-4 hitting a pair of homers with six RBI on Sunday in the Yankees' loss to the Orioles.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 5th
 Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk against the Rockies Sunday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Tuesday as the Yankees lost to the Angels by a 6-4 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 1st
 Travis d'Arnaud was called upon to pinch-hit in the game against the Rockies Saturday and hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
Gary Sanchez went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout and scored a run on Sunday as the Yankees lost to the Athletics by a 3-1 score.
John Aubin
Mon, Aug 30th
 Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.
Steve Painter
Wed, Sep 1st
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a run driven in on Tuesday night as the Yankees beat the Braves by a 5-4 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 25th
Notes 
 It took a long time but d'Arnaud has finally developed into one of the best hitting catchers in the game, as he was projected to be. It's difficult to quite buy what we saw last year, considering d'Arnaud's batting average (.321) and slugging percentage (.533) were miles ahead of his career marks, and even the numbers that he had put up in recent seasons. With that said, he'll bat in the middle of a strong Braves lineup and be presented with plenty of RBI opportunities, so 15 home runs with 55 RBI should be considered the floor for a healthy d'Arnaud. Those numbers aren't just passable, they're extremely strong for a catcher in fantasy, and he should be drafted as a relatively strong first catcher in mixed leagues.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
If you want to credit last season's numbers, then you're going to avoid Sanchez like the plague. He batted a ridiculous .147 and struck out 36% of the time. When Sanchez did hit the ball, he still hit it really, really hard, like he always has. But he just simply can't stop himself from swinging (13.8% swinging strike rate), and especially from swinging outside the zone (31.5% O-Swing%, which was actually better than his career rate). It wasn't that long ago that Sanchez was one of the top catchers drafted, and he's still just 28 years old. If he can just cut down on his whiffs, he can easily be a top-five catcher, so buy him for his upside, while also making sure to focus on batting average elsewhere.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 d'Arnaud is one of my favorite players to target in drafts this season. His ADP does not break the bank and he has become more dependable health-wise over the last couple season. He finally broke out in a BIG way in 2020 and I believe in the breakout. He has gotten progressively better since leaving the Mets, and although it took some time, his bat finally reached the level of which made him a top 5 overall prospect all those years ago. 100th percentile exit velocity in 2020. BUY.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
There isn't a lot of positive things to say about Sanchez other than that this is easily the cheapest he has ever been as a fantasy baseball player. He hit 34 homers back in 2019, which is an achievement perhaps no other catcher can be expected to match this year. He's going late enough in drafts that there isn't much downside to taking him. I'd rather risk it with Sanchez (and play the waiver wire if he doesn't work out) than draft one of the first few backstops where the opportunity cost for other positions is much higher.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros