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Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or Richard Rodriguez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Richard Rodriguez
RP - ATL
Richard Rodriguez
Expert
Recommendation
72%
Recommended by
36 of 50 experts
28%
Recommended by
14 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 72# 80
Best Rank# 25# 39
Worst Rank# 112# 161
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 162# 206
Best Rank# 146# 192
Worst Rank# 193# 254
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7772
Wins43
Saves1919
ERA3.453.81
WHIP1.111.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 92# 97
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 66# 73
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 64# 100
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 54# 59
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 78
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 25# 89
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 102
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 53# 87
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 51# 90
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 82# 88
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 53# 84
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 46# 71
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 65# 79
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 43# 115
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 63
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 57# 108
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 71# 79
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 56# 91
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 73# 101
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 75# 82
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 71# 161
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 54# 96
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 50
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 80# 83
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 69# 81
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 97# 104
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 51# 69
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 37# 46
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 68# 90
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 35# 62
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 81# 104
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 67# 105
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 46# 97
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 74# 78
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 34# 55
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 62# 104
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 60# 59
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 70# 39
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 75# 66
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 83# 71
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 85# 79
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 91# 85
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 96# 78
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 99# 77
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 101# 89
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 111# 82
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 112# 107
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 86
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 89
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 103
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Richard Rodriguez
RP - ATL
Richard Rodriguez
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1824
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched16.123.2
   
Wins23
   
Losses22
   
Saves04
   
Blown Saves11
   
Holds62
   
Hits Allowed1115
   
Earned Runs87
   
Home Runs Allowed73
   
Strikeouts1834
   
Walks45
   
ERA4.502.70
   
WHIP0.940.86
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Richard Rodriguez
RP - ATL
Richard Rodriguez
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6264
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.863.6
   
Wins43
   
Losses34
   
Saves1919
   
Blown Saves88
   
Holds85
   
Hits Allowed4857
   
Earned Runs2327
   
Home Runs Allowed910
   
Strikeouts7772
   
Walks1919
   
ERA3.453.81
   
WHIP1.111.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Richard Rodriguez
RP - ATL
Richard Rodriguez
News 
 Will Smith pitched a perfect 10th inning against the Padres Saturday to collect his 34th save.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 26th
RHP Richard Rodriguez is on the move to Atlanta, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Jul 30th
 Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Giants Sunday, striking out two batters en route to sealing a shutout and his 33rd save of the season.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 19th
Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette reports that the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies are in talks with the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Richard Rodriguez.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 27th
 Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Marlins Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk en route to earning his 32nd save.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 12th
Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reports that the Oakland Athletics are prioritizing a bullpen upgrade and have shown interest in Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Richard Rodriguez.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jul 26th
 Will Smith pitched the ninth against the Nationals Tuesday, and it was a quiet seven-pitch inning en route to his 31st save.
Steve Painter
Wed, Sep 8th
Richard Rodriguez converted his 14th save of the season Friday against the Giants, but allowed one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jul 24th
 Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Rockies Thursday, allowing one hit while striking one batter out en route to earning his 30th save of the year.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 3rd
Richard Rodriguez (4-2) took the loss and blew the save Sunday against the Mets, allowing two runs on two hits in one inning. He struck out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jul 18th
Notes 
 Smith had a rough 2020 season, losing several weeks to a bout with COVID-19 and being far less effective than usual when he did pitch. His dominant slider just wasn't the same, as batters hit .263 (after never hitting better than .193) and tallied a .398 wOBA (after never totaling higher than .282) against it. But Brian Snitker appears to be willing to throw out Smith's poor season almost entirely. Although he hasn't named Smith the closer, he has professed his confidence in him, and there's been speculation from beat writers that Smith will ultimately win the role after a battle with Chris Martin and A.J. Minter. Draft Smith as the presumptive closer unless you hear otherwise from Braves camp.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
So long as he remains with the Pirates, Rodriguez is likely to be the closer after locking down four saves last year. He's been a quality reliever for a few years in a row now, including last year when he put up a 2.70 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP with plenty of strikeouts. There's been speculation that the Pirates will look to deal Rodriguez before the season begins. But until and unless they do, he's a decent late-round selection who will likely total a handful of saves until he's inevitably dealt mid-season.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros