Who Should I Draft?

Aaron Hicks or Mallex Smith (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
Mallex Smith
LF,CF,RF - SEA
Mallex Smith
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
37 of 59 experts
37%
Recommended by
22 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 80# 85
Best Rank# 39# 58
Worst Rank# 143# 153
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 132# 111
Best Rank# 122# 103
Worst Rank# 154# 159
   
Projections 
   
Runs8172
Home Runs235
RBI7344
Stolen Bases1038
Batting Average.253.271
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 75# 90
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 53# 112
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 63# 106
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 73# 85
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 90# 109
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 70# 87
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 82# 87
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 64# 96
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 57# 84
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 68# 74
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 76# 100
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 79# 87
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 75# 90
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 72# 85
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 67# 101
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 83# 87
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 79# 84
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 92# 153
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 113
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 58# 103
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 62# 86
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 57# 71
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 67# 85
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 69# 85
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 78# 86
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 92# 95
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 93# 122
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 53# 82
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 68# 69
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 82# 88
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 72# 92
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 72# 83
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 67# 113
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 76# 86
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 80# 96
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 78# 105
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 39# 68
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 63# 60
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 74# 69
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 77# 74
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 77# 75
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 84# 73
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 85# 77
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 87# 82
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 88# 76
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 93# 88
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 94# 69
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 96# 58
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 97# 85
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 97# 85
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 103# 78
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 106# 69
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 110# 89
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 118# 117
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 120# 68
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 121# 119
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 137# 135
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 139# 112
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 143# 124
   
  Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
Mallex Smith
LF,CF,RF - SEA
Mallex Smith
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats480480
   
Runs9065
   
Hits119142
   
Singles71103
   
Doubles1827
   
Triples310
   
Home Runs272
   
RBI7940
   
Stolen Bases1140
   
Caught Stealing212
   
Walks9047
   
Strikeouts11198
   
Batting Average.248.296
   
On Base Pct.366.367
   
Slugging Pct.467.406
   
On-base Plus Slugging.833.773
   
  Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
Mallex Smith
LF,CF,RF - SEA
Mallex Smith
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats475524
   
Runs8172
   
Hits120142
   
Singles74106
   
Doubles2125
   
Triples28
   
Home Runs235
   
RBI7344
   
Stolen Bases1038
   
Caught Stealing413
   
Walks7549
   
Strikeouts106114
   
Batting Average.253.271
   
On Base Pct.355.333
   
Slugging Pct.455.378
   
On-base Plus Slugging.810.710
   
  Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
Mallex Smith
LF,CF,RF - SEA
Mallex Smith
News 
 Aaron Hicks (elbow) met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who recommended Hicks rest for a few more weeks before being re-evaluated.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
Mallex Smith went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 19th
 Aaron Hicks has been shut down from a throwing program after "not feeling quite right", per Aaron Boone.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Sep 7th
Mallex Smith went 1-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases and a run scored in Friday's 9-7 loss to the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
 Aaron Hicks has been cleared to begin a throwing program.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Aug 31st
Mallex Smith went 0-for-4 with a run, a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 7-4 loss to the Astros.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
 Aaron Hicks (elbow) won't be cleared to throw for at least another two weeks, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 13th
Mallex Smith went 0-for-2 in Thursday's 11-9 loss the Astros. He was not in the starting lineup and came off the bench in the 10th inning as a pinch hitter.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
 Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day IL with a right flexor strain prior to Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. In a corresponding move, starting pitcher J.A. Happ was reinstated from the paternity list.
Mike Maher
Sun, Aug 4th
Mallex Smith went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 1st
Notes 
 For a guy who just tallied 27 homers and 11 steals in 137 games, Hicks isn't getting much love. He also scored 90 runs thanks to sporting a 15.5% walk rate in a stacked Yankees lineup. Even without adding in the stats gleaned by his lineup replacement, the outfielder still performed well enough to demand top-100 consideration. A rise in contact (78.0%) and hard-hit rate (39.5%) should lead to a higher average and sustained power, and his cost more than bakes in the substantial injury risk. He's an especially wise choice in shallower three-outfielder mixed leagues, where it's easier to fill in the gaps when he misses some time. That will happen early, as a back injury will keep him out to start 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Smith had a very impressive first full season in the Big Leagues, nabbing 40 stolen bases while hitting .296. He may not be able to quite duplicate that batting average again, but he won't kill you there and another 40 steals seems very possible.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Hicks topped 500 plate appearances for the first time in his career in 2018, and rewarded the Yankees and fantasy owners with 27 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and 90 runs scored. Hicks' high walk rate makes him particularly valuable in OBP and points leagues, but he proved last year that he can be a solid second or third outfielder in standard 5x5 leagues if he can just stay healthy.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
One of last year's best sources of cheap speed, Smith stole the third-most bases (40) besides Whit Merrifield and Trea Turner. Among the 11 players with at least 30 steals, he was one of four (Merrifield, Mookie Betts, and Lorenzo Cain) to bat above .300 (.296). As a two-category contributor, he needs that average to stick, but a .249 xBA and Steamer's .263 projection aren't so optimistic. Yet the speed is legitimate, and the Mariners could slot him into the leadoff role. He could be a more competent Billy Hamilton.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros