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Who Should I Draft?

Willson Contreras or Travis d'Arnaud (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
40 of 51 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 90# 106
Best Rank# 57# 56
Worst Rank# 184# 206
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 117# 140
Best Rank# 90# 119
Worst Rank# 132# 152
   
Projections 
   
Runs6452
Home Runs1918
RBI6569
Stolen Bases31
Batting Average.256.267
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 73# 105
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 88
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 113# 120
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 101
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 83# 87
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 86# 135
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 85# 93
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 115# 116
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 95# 119
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 84# 97
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 84# 97
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 97# 104
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 121# 134
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 84# 109
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 72# 102
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 81# 100
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 67# 118
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 79# 95
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 99# 109
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 87# 175
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 105# 117
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 103# 105
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 75# 88
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 86# 99
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 65# 119
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 81# 98
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 88# 124
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 98# 102
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 78# 84
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 72# 93
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 79# 87
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 88# 105
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 184# 206
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 101# 136
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 86# 90
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 80# 178
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 88# 107
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 66# 103
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 86# 98
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 80# 106
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 57# 56
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 80# 77
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 88# 78
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 104# 103
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 107# 90
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 108# 87
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 108# 94
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 120# 119
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 141# 126
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 166# 160
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 101
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats189165
   
Runs3719
   
Hits4653
   
Singles2936
   
Doubles108
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs79
   
RBI2634
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks2016
   
Strikeouts5750
   
Batting Average.243.321
   
On Base Pct.356.386
   
Slugging Pct.407.533
   
On-base Plus Slugging.763.919
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats421399
   
Runs6452
   
Hits107106
   
Singles6468
   
Doubles2119
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs1918
   
RBI6569
   
Stolen Bases31
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks4736
   
Strikeouts118104
   
Batting Average.256.267
   
On Base Pct.330.328
   
Slugging Pct.450.450
   
On-base Plus Slugging.780.778
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Willson Contreras
C,DH - CHC
Willson Contreras
Travis d'Arnaud
C,1B - ATL
Travis d'Arnaud
News 
 Willson Contreras went 0-for-0 with a walk versus Milwaukee Sunday. His 14-pitch walk started the winning five-run eighth-inning rally where he scored the first one.
Jamie Mellor
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
 Willson Contreras went 1-for-4 with a walk versus the Brewers Saturday. He would hit his 20th homer of the season and drive in two runs.
Jamie Mellor
Sun, Sep 19th
Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Rockies Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 16th
 Willson Contreras went 2-for-4 versus the Phillies Thursday. He scored twice, drove in two, and hit his 19th homer of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Fri, Sep 17th
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
 Willson Contreras went 1-for-3 with a walk versus Philadelphia Tuesday. He would come around to score the first run for the Cubs.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, Sep 15th
Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk against the Rockies Sunday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
 Willson Contreras went 2-for-3 versus the Giants Saturday. He would drive in two runs, including the first run of the game.
Jamie Mellor
Sun, Sep 12th
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 
 Contreras has established a pretty decent baseline for what fantasy managers can expect over the course of a full season. He'll likely give you a floor of 15 home runs and 110 combined runs and RBI, with upside for more. Those numbers don't sound impressive, but they're enough to make Contreras a top-five catcher easily. Given his safety, there's an argument to be made to take him as high as second overall at the position. But, even so, there's no need to select him before the eighth round or so, as there's not an appreciable difference in the production of the next seven or eight catchers beyond J.T. Realmuto.
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
 At this point Contreras is who he is. I understand the appeal, but when you can get someone like Travis d'Arnaud several rounds later, there is really no reason to draft Contreras at ADP.
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