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Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or James McCann (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
47 of 51 experts
8%
Recommended by
4 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 94# 132
Best Rank# 67# 86
Worst Rank# 276# 258
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 100# 185
Best Rank# 86# 149
Worst Rank# 121# 208
   
Projections 
   
Runs5650
Home Runs2116
RBI6551
Stolen Bases23
Batting Average.250.245
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 75# 132
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 109# 145
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 73# 144
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 70# 86
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 103
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 107# 121
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 96# 165
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 151# 218
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 90# 129
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 98# 143
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 90# 121
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 76# 141
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 103# 190
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 73# 150
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 84# 133
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 113# 152
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 80# 130
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 83# 130
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 83# 134
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 93# 121
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 104# 114
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 67# 135
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 94# 144
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 92# 125
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 108# 133
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 74# 113
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 107# 137
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 87# 152
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 80# 127
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 78# 163
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 85# 151
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 88# 136
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 67# 137
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 92# 127
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 91# 139
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 69# 125
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 83# 129
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 192# 258
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 89# 124
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 83# 118
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 72# 144
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 89# 160
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 92# 130
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 86# 106
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 75# 123
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 88# 157
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 105# 122
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 138# 116
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 203# 138
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 245# 161
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 276# 131
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats11497
   
Runs2320
   
Hits3328
   
Singles1618
   
Doubles93
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs87
   
RBI2515
   
Stolen Bases01
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks208
   
Strikeouts2230
   
Batting Average.290.289
   
On Base Pct.402.360
   
Slugging Pct.579.536
   
On-base Plus Slugging.980.896
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats343398
   
Runs5650
   
Hits8597
   
Singles4562
   
Doubles1917
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs2116
   
RBI6551
   
Stolen Bases23
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks4430
   
Strikeouts92120
   
Batting Average.250.245
   
On Base Pct.337.298
   
Slugging Pct.484.414
   
On-base Plus Slugging.821.712
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
James McCann
1B,C - NYM
James McCann
News 
 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
James McCann went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Phillies.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Aug 7th
 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
James McCann went 0-for-3.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, Jul 24th
 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
James McCann went 2-for-3 with one run scored, one home run, and three RBIs.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Jul 20th
 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
James McCann went 1-for-3 with three RBIs, one home run, one run scored, one walk, and one strikeout.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Jun 30th
 Catcher Will Smith went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk as the Dodgers took down the Mets 14-4 on Sunday.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Aug 16th
James McCann went 1-for-4 with one double and two strikeouts as the Mets fell 3-0 to the Braves.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Jun 23rd
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
McCann will be the everyday catcher for the Mets after putting up his second consecutive successful season for the White Sox. After putting up a .789 OPS in 2019, he jumped up to an .896 mark in 2020, setting a career-high in walk rate. McCann was a part-timer last year, so his rate stats will likely dip as he takes over a heavy workload with the Mets (Wilson Ramos ranked fourth among catchers in plate appearances the last two seasons). But counting stats should be there in spades in a strong Mets lineup. He should be drafted as a starting catcher in 12-team formats.
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
New everyday catcher in one of the most potent lineups in the league. McCann should be a very solid C1 option.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 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