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Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or Gary Sanchez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
45 of 51 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 94# 116
Best Rank# 67# 36
Worst Rank# 276# 244
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 100# 142
Best Rank# 86# 136
Worst Rank# 121# 162
   
Projections 
   
Runs5655
Home Runs2126
RBI6567
Stolen Bases21
Batting Average.250.218
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 75# 133
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 109# 122
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 73# 115
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 70# 135
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 138# 140
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 103# 108
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 96# 121
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 151# 209
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 90# 117
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 98# 135
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 90# 125
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 76# 116
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 103# 109
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 73# 129
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 84# 132
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 113# 168
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 80# 117
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 83# 124
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 83# 117
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 93# 146
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 104# 105
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 67# 127
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 94# 153
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 92# 121
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 108# 121
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 74# 100
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 87# 124
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 80# 136
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 78# 99
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 85# 96
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 88# 119
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 67# 158
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 92# 104
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 91# 121
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 69# 86
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 83# 116
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 192# 244
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 89# 123
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 83# 129
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 72# 100
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 89# 115
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 92# 116
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 75# 114
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 88# 128
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 105# 124
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 86# 47
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 107# 93
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 107# 36
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 203# 110
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 245# 106
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 276# 111
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats114156
   
Runs2319
   
Hits3323
   
Singles169
   
Doubles94
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs810
   
RBI2524
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks2018
   
Strikeouts2264
   
Batting Average.290.147
   
On Base Pct.402.253
   
Slugging Pct.579.365
   
On-base Plus Slugging.980.618
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats343375
   
Runs5655
   
Hits8582
   
Singles4542
   
Doubles1914
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs2126
   
RBI6567
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks4442
   
Strikeouts92127
   
Batting Average.250.218
   
On Base Pct.337.297
   
Slugging Pct.484.466
   
On-base Plus Slugging.821.763
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
News 
 Catcher Will Smith went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk, and two strikeouts as the Dodgers defeated the Reds 8-5 on Sunday.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Sep 20th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-1 and hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Rangers by a 7-3 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Catcher Will Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 8-4 on Tuesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 15th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Monday.
John Aubin
Tue, Sep 21st
 Catcher Will Smith went 4-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored as the Dodgers took down the Cardinals 7-2 on Tuesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 8th
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is not in the starting lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Indians.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 17th
 Catcher Will Smith went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a walk as the Dodgers lost to the Giants 6-4 on Sunday night.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Sep 5th
Gary Sanchez went 0-for-2 with two walks and scored a run on Thursday as the Yankees lost to the Orioles by a 3-2 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 17th
 Will Smith hit his 21st home run of the season on Friday. Smith went 3-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
Corbin Young
Sat, Aug 28th
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
Notes 
 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
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
 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
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
 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