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Who Should I Draft?

Yasmani Grandal or Gary Sanchez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 96# 116
Best Rank# 68# 36
Worst Rank# 189# 244
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 126# 142
Best Rank# 115# 136
Worst Rank# 128# 162
   
Projections 
   
Runs6755
Home Runs2426
RBI7167
Stolen Bases21
Batting Average.236.218
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 82# 133
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 78# 122
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 102# 115
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 71# 135
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 86# 140
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 104# 108
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 90# 110
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 94# 121
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 156# 209
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 110# 117
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 100# 135
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 85# 125
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 90# 116
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 107# 109
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 106# 129
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 93# 132
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 136# 168
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 87# 117
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 88# 124
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 89# 117
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 125# 146
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 117# 127
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 97# 153
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 75# 121
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 81# 100
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 84# 93
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 109# 124
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 104# 136
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 86# 99
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 87# 96
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 100# 119
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 133# 158
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 87# 104
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 68# 111
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 89# 121
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 85# 86
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 93# 116
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 189# 244
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 109# 123
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 96# 129
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 93# 100
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 71# 115
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 94# 116
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 88# 114
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 89# 128
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 89# 124
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 87# 47
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 106# 105
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 108# 106
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 113# 36
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 172# 121
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats161156
   
Runs2719
   
Hits3723
   
Singles229
   
Doubles74
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs810
   
RBI2724
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks3018
   
Strikeouts5864
   
Batting Average.230.147
   
On Base Pct.351.253
   
Slugging Pct.422.365
   
On-base Plus Slugging.773.618
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats442375
   
Runs6755
   
Hits10382
   
Singles5842
   
Doubles2014
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs2426
   
RBI7167
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks7842
   
Strikeouts135127
   
Batting Average.236.218
   
On Base Pct.352.297
   
Slugging Pct.444.466
   
On-base Plus Slugging.796.763
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yasmani Grandal
C,1B - CWS
Yasmani Grandal
Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
News 
 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
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a hit by a pitch in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Toronto.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 10th
 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
Gary Sánchez went 2-for-4 hitting a pair of homers with six RBI on Sunday in the Yankees' loss to the Orioles.
John Aubin
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
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Tuesday as the Yankees lost to the Angels by a 6-4 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 1st
 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
Gary Sanchez went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout and scored a run on Sunday as the Yankees lost to the Athletics by a 3-1 score.
John Aubin
Mon, Aug 30th
 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
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a run driven in on Tuesday night as the Yankees beat the Braves by a 5-4 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 25th
Notes 
 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
If you want to credit last season's numbers, then you're going to avoid Sanchez like the plague. He batted a ridiculous .147 and struck out 36% of the time. When Sanchez did hit the ball, he still hit it really, really hard, like he always has. But he just simply can't stop himself from swinging (13.8% swinging strike rate), and especially from swinging outside the zone (31.5% O-Swing%, which was actually better than his career rate). It wasn't that long ago that Sanchez was one of the top catchers drafted, and he's still just 28 years old. If he can just cut down on his whiffs, he can easily be a top-five catcher, so buy him for his upside, while also making sure to focus on batting average elsewhere.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  There isn't a lot of positive things to say about Sanchez other than that this is easily the cheapest he has ever been as a fantasy baseball player. He hit 34 homers back in 2019, which is an achievement perhaps no other catcher can be expected to match this year. He's going late enough in drafts that there isn't much downside to taking him. I'd rather risk it with Sanchez (and play the waiver wire if he doesn't work out) than draft one of the first few backstops where the opportunity cost for other positions is much higher.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros