Who Should I Draft?

A.J. Pollock or Michael Brantley (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
42 of 56 experts
25%
Recommended by
14 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 61# 73
Best Rank# 41# 36
Worst Rank# 111# 140
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 92# 107
Best Rank# 77# 97
Worst Rank# 121# 128
   
Projections 
   
Runs7875
Home Runs2115
RBI6974
Stolen Bases1711
Batting Average.263.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 47# 57
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 70
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 77# 80
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 52# 67
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 72# 92
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 64# 67
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 53# 68
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 63# 123
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 78# 82
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 48# 85
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 63# 70
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 50# 85
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 79# 89
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 50# 67
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 61# 84
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 49# 140
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 66# 70
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 58# 73
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 73
   
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BretskyBall
# 64# 76
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 64# 65
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 77# 78
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 50# 74
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 50# 104
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 55# 76
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 69# 70
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 65# 74
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 54# 64
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 67# 75
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 50# 58
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 73# 121
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 57# 91
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 41# 55
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 74# 76
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 80# 81
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 72# 81
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 62# 74
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 48# 75
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 59# 62
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 68# 77
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 50# 58
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 64# 67
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 53# 46
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 57# 54
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 61# 60
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 63# 40
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 65# 54
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 70# 68
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 73# 36
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 74# 66
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 77# 72
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 77# 61
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 80# 71
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 83# 70
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 98# 78
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 111# 110
   
  A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats413570
   
Runs6189
   
Hits106176
   
Singles59121
   
Doubles2136
   
Triples52
   
Home Runs2117
   
RBI6576
   
Stolen Bases1312
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks3148
   
Strikeouts10060
   
Batting Average.257.309
   
On Base Pct.316.364
   
Slugging Pct.484.468
   
On-base Plus Slugging.800.833
   
  A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats504520
   
Runs7875
   
Hits133153
   
Singles79105
   
Doubles2930
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs2115
   
RBI6974
   
Stolen Bases1711
   
Caught Stealing53
   
Walks4146
   
Strikeouts10462
   
Batting Average.263.294
   
On Base Pct.318.352
   
Slugging Pct.462.449
   
On-base Plus Slugging.780.801
   
  A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
News 
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says A.J. Pollock (elbow) will need 40-50 at bats on a minor league rehab assignment before returning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Michael Brantley went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored on Friday against Toronto.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 15th
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Wednesday that A.J. Pollock will undergo elbow surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, one RBI, and two runs scored on Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 12th
 A.J. Pollock will undergo exploratory surgery to determine the severity of his right elbow infection.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a double, single, walk, and one RBI on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 5th
 A.J. Pollock has been placed on the 10-day IL with right elbow inflammation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a walk and two singles on Saturday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Ddogers manager Dave Roberts says A.J. Pollock is dealing with an infection in his right elbow and is likely headed to the injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a single, double, and walk on Wednesday against the Cubs.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, May 30th
Notes 
 Pollock was a fantasy monster in 2015, but then an elbow injury cost him almost the entire 2016 season and he hasn't been quite the same player since. A 20-20 season is in the realm of possibility here, and Pollock should score plenty of runs atop the Dodgers lineup as long as he can stay healthy. Just don't reach too early while dreaming of 2015.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Batting average tends to be an underrated ability in fantasy baseball, and that is an area in which Brantley excels. But durability is also an underrated commodity, and that has been Brantley downfall for big chunks of his career. If Brantley can just manage to stay healthy, he should be able to contribute enough balanced production across all five roto categories to be a valuable third outfielder in mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 A broken thumb marked the third different injury to besiege Pollock in as many years. Although a terrific source of power and speed when healthy, he has played just 112 and 113 games in the last two seasons, respectively. When on the field, he endured a massive spike in strikeouts (21.7%) with a 77.8% contact rate five points below his career norm. Drafters must take all of these downsides into account while acknowledging the possibility of a 25/20 season with massive run-scoring upside if batting atop the Dodgers' lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Just as everyone gave up on the oft-injured Brantley, he returned from a significant ankle injury to bat .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 12 steals in 631 plate appearances. No qualified hitter made more contact (90.9%) than the 31-year-old outfielder, whose 9.5% strikeout rate finished second after Andrelton Simmons. His skill set is likely to get undervalued by drafters seeking flashier power or speed, and he could easily score 100+ runs in the Astros slot him atop their lineup. Health is the only concern.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Prior to yet another injury, Pollock was among the best fantasy assets in baseball. He had 12 homers, 9 steals and 38 RBIs through just 186 at bats. The ceiling for Pollock is a 30/20 player with a batting average near .300, but he has only played more than 115 games just twice in his career so don't forget about the risk in drafting him.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros