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Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or Yasmani Grandal (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
37 of 51 experts
27%
Recommended by
14 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 94# 96
Best Rank# 67# 68
Worst Rank# 276# 189
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 100# 126
Best Rank# 86# 115
Worst Rank# 121# 128
   
Projections 
   
Runs5667
Home Runs2124
RBI6571
Stolen Bases22
Batting Average.250.236
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 75# 82
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 73# 102
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 70# 71
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 103# 104
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 107# 113
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 151# 156
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 90# 110
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 98# 100
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 76# 90
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 103# 107
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 73# 106
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 84# 93
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 113# 136
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 80# 87
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 83# 88
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 83# 89
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 93# 125
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 104# 106
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 67# 117
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 94# 97
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 92# 172
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 74# 81
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 87# 109
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 80# 104
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 78# 86
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 85# 87
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 88# 100
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 67# 133
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 69# 85
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 83# 93
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 89# 109
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 83# 96
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 72# 93
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 92# 94
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 86# 87
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 75# 88
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 88# 89
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 89# 71
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 90# 85
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 91# 89
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 92# 87
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 96# 94
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 105# 89
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 107# 84
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 108# 75
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 109# 78
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 138# 86
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 192# 189
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 203# 90
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 245# 108
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 276# 68
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats114161
   
Runs2327
   
Hits3337
   
Singles1622
   
Doubles97
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs88
   
RBI2527
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks2030
   
Strikeouts2258
   
Batting Average.290.230
   
On Base Pct.402.351
   
Slugging Pct.579.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.980.773
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats343442
   
Runs5667
   
Hits85103
   
Singles4558
   
Doubles1920
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs2124
   
RBI6571
   
Stolen Bases22
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks4478
   
Strikeouts92135
   
Batting Average.250.236
   
On Base Pct.337.352
   
Slugging Pct.484.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.821.796
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Will Smith
C - LAD
Will Smith
Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
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
Yasmani Grandal was 3-for-4 on Saturday, coming up a triple shy of the cycle while also walking once. He still managed to score three times and drive in one run though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
 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
Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 on Wednesday, hitting his sixth double of the season while also striking out once.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 9th
 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
Yasmani Grandal was 3-for-3 on the day, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning while also hitting two singles later in the ball game. It wouldn't be a Grandal game if he also didn't draw a walk, which he did in the eighth inning.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
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
Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 on Wednesday, singling and doubling while also drawing a walk. He would score two runs for the White Sox as well.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 2nd
 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
Yasmani Grandal was 1-for-2 on Tuesday, drawing two walks and hitting his 18th home run of the season.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 1st
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
Grandal is getting up there in age for a catcher, and there were a few warning signs for the veteran. He struck out nearly 30% of the time last season, well above his typical rate, and his expected batting average, slugging percentage, and wOBA were some of the worst of his career. At the same time, he continued to walk at a near-elite clip, and again provided plenty of power from a position where pop is hard to find. The good news for Grandal is that both his large contract and his elite pitch framing skills should keep him in the lineup as often as possible, which will help to pad his counting stats, though his recovery from a knee injury may cause Chicago to take it easy with him at the outset. He's just a tad outside of the elite range at the position, but he's a locked in fantasy starter.
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
 
 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