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Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Xander Bogaerts (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
31 of 55 experts
44%
Recommended by
24 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 24
Best Rank# 15# 15
Worst Rank# 60# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 21# 31
Best Rank# 19# 23
Worst Rank# 26# 33
   
Projections 
   
Runs94
Home Runs2128
RBI93
Stolen Bases10
Batting Avg.292
Strikeouts197115
Wins12
Saves0
ERA3.30
WHIP1.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 23
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 20# 41
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 27
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 21# 32
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 26
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 33# 43
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 33# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 51
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 26# 28
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 19# 21
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 20# 22
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 22# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 19# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 20# 21
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 25# 27
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 21# 24
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 26# 39
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 29
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 32# 36
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 21# 35
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 21# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 19# 23
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 16# 20
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 15# 24
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 28
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 32# 34
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 17# 56
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 21# 25
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 28# 43
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 25# 27
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 20# 19
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 21# 19
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 22# 21
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 21
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 23# 22
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 21
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 24# 23
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 24# 22
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 18
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 26# 24
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 26# 15
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 26# 21
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 27# 21
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 27# 21
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 28# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 19
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 30# 20
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 18
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 33# 25
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 35# 21
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 35# 25
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 40# 19
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 44# 30
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 60# 17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs36
   
Home Runs711
   
RBI28
   
Stolen Bases8
   
Batting Avg.301
   
Strikeouts4241
   
Wins1
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.44
   
WHIP0.95
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs94
   
Home Runs2128
   
RBI93
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Batting Avg.292
   
Strikeouts197115
   
Wins12
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.30
   
WHIP1.07
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
News 
 RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Tuesday when he allowed four runs on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over seven innings in the Dodgers' 6-4 win over the Mariners.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, May 12th
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-2 with a three run homer, three RBIs, and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Angels.
Liam Gibney
Sun, May 16th
 RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts over six innings as the Dodgers lost to the Cubs 6-5 in extra innings.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, May 6th
Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-3 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs, and one run.
Liam Gibney
Fri, May 14th
 RHP Walker Buehler was handed a no-decision on Tuesday when surrendered a season-worst five runs on seven hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' 6-5 loss to the Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Apr 28th
Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and two runs in Saturday's victory over the Orioles.
Liam Gibney
Sun, May 9th
 RHP Walker Buehler was handed a no-decision on Thursday when he allowed two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Padres.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Apr 23rd
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with a walk, one RBI, and one run in the Red Sox victory on Friday.
Liam Gibney
Fri, May 7th
 RHP Walker Buehler was handed a no-decision on Friday when he allowed two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk over six innings as the Dodgers took down the Padres 11-6 in extra-innings.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Apr 17th
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with two runs scored as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers in extra innings on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 6th
Notes 
 Because the Dodgers wanted to closely watch Buehler's routine and workload, he got a late start to the shortened season, essentially using his first few starts as the end of his spring training. He also dealt with blisters late in the year. All that to say, Buehler's 36 2/3 regular-season innings are, for the most part, largely meaningless. He gave up a few more home runs and walked a few more batters than usual, and he won just a single game. But none of it matters. Value Buehler as you did after his 2019 season - as one of the true stud pitchers in the game. Once the big three of Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, and Shane Bieber are off the board, Buehler should come under immediate consideration, as the type of starting pitcher who can be your fantasy ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Bogaerts largely backed up his excellent 2019 season with a strong 2020 campaign. He didn't hit the ball quite as hard and his launch angle dropped, but he did manage to maintain his .300 average and put up a similar home run pace. Two things from last year stand out and probably shouldn't be written off entirely: first, Bogaerts' RBI pace dropped significantly, and considering that the Red Sox lineup went from a relative strength to a weakness, it seems unlikely he'll approach 100 RBI in 2021. Second, after dropping for three consecutive seasons, Bogaerts' steal pace increased to the highest of his career. The drop in RBI and increase in steals may be related, as Bogaerts likely looked to manufacture runs with less help around him. Both trends are worth projecting going forward, and while Bogaerts' value doesn't change much, fantasy managers will likely take the increase in steals going forward.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 There's little doubt that Buehler is one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball, but we do have questions about his volume entering 2021. Did you know that during the regular season, Buehler had just one appearance where he completed six full innings? This wasn't just a Dodgers thing, either. Julio Urias had five such appearances while Tony Gonsolin had four and Dustin May had three. Of course, the team was saving Buehler for the playoffs more so than their other youngsters, and it worked out. The Dodgers have always handled Buehler with kid gloves, and while he'll be one of the best starters on a per-inning basis in 2021, I'm worried enough about the volume that I'm ranking him closer to the back half of my top-10 starters.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
The biggest story of Bogaerts' 2020 season came in the form of going 8-for-8 on stolen base attempts. This, after the All-Star shortstop swiped just four bags in 2019. Steals are so hard to find these days that getting 10-15 from bats who help in the other four offensive categories is going to be a goldmine this season. Bogaerts' Baseball Savant page isn't flooded with red like other premium hitters being drafted around him, but we have enough of a sample size to remain confident in his lofty projections moving forward.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros