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Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or Travis d'Arnaud (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
35 of 51 experts
31%
Recommended by
16 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 94# 106
Best Rank# 67# 56
Worst Rank# 276# 206
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 100# 140
Best Rank# 86# 119
Worst Rank# 121# 152
   
Projections 
   
Runs5652
Home Runs2118
RBI6569
Stolen Bases21
Batting Average.250.267
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 75# 105
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 73# 77
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 107# 135
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 151# 160
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 90# 116
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 98# 119
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 90# 97
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 76# 97
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 73# 103
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 84# 104
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 113# 134
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 80# 109
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 83# 102
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 83# 100
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 93# 118
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 67# 101
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 94# 109
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 92# 175
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 74# 88
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 87# 119
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 80# 119
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 78# 98
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 85# 124
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 88# 102
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 67# 126
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 69# 87
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 83# 105
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 192# 206
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 89# 136
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 72# 90
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 89# 178
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 92# 107
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 86# 103
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 75# 98
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 88# 106
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 70# 56
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 83# 78
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 91# 90
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 92# 84
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 96# 93
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 103# 101
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 103# 94
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 104# 95
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 105# 87
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 107# 99
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 108# 105
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 109# 88
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 138# 120
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 203# 87
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 245# 117
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 276# 93
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats114165
   
Runs2319
   
Hits3353
   
Singles1636
   
Doubles98
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs89
   
RBI2534
   
Stolen Bases01
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks2016
   
Strikeouts2250
   
Batting Average.290.321
   
On Base Pct.402.386
   
Slugging Pct.579.533
   
On-base Plus Slugging.980.919
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats343399
   
Runs5652
   
Hits85106
   
Singles4568
   
Doubles1919
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs2118
   
RBI6569
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks4436
   
Strikeouts92104
   
Batting Average.250.267
   
On Base Pct.337.328
   
Slugging Pct.484.450
   
On-base Plus Slugging.821.778
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
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
Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a dramatic ninth-inning three-run go-ahead homer against the Giants Friday.
Steve Painter
Sat, Sep 18th
 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
Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Rockies Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 16th
 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
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
 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
Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk against the Rockies Sunday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
 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
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
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
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
 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
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
 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