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Who Should I Draft?

Brandon Lowe or Jose Altuve (2021)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Recommended by
27 of 50 experts
Recommended by
23 of 50 experts
ECR# 55# 50
Best Rank# 32# 25
Worst Rank# 116# 85
Composite# 63# 86
Best Rank# 62# 55
Worst Rank# 78# 99
Home Runs2822
Stolen Bases711
Batting Average.256.283
Injury Alert-IL10
Expert Ranks 
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 60
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 64
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 36# 39
Site Projections
# 46# 53
Grey Albright
# 47# 66
Fantasy Team Advice
# 59# 67
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 46# 58
Andrew Gould
# 44# 53
Chris Meaney
# 54# 55
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 50# 57
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 44# 59
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 33# 52
Nick Mariano
# 53# 62
Mike Maher
# 51# 58
Michael Waterloo
# 61# 63
Dan Harris
# 46# 56
Pierre Camus
# 42# 60
Andrew Seifter
# 56# 61
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 44# 57
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 71
Mick Ciallela
# 50# 53
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 33# 59
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 53# 55
Carmen Maiorano
# 52# 65
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 40# 85
Nate Miller
# 32# 50
Chris Clegg
# 57# 67
Brendan Tuma
# 45# 44
Brad Camara
# 48# 34
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 54# 52
Corbin Young
# 55# 49
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 49
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 58# 57
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 62# 52
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 62# 45
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 64# 54
Ariel Cohen
# 64# 40
Wayne Bretsky
# 65# 51
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 67# 47
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 67# 49
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 67# 40
Mario Mergola
# 74# 40
Donkey Teeth
# 76# 38
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 77# 52
Joe Pisapia
# 81# 51
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 86# 45
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 89# 36
Beast Dome
# 93# 35
Nicklaus Gaut
# 100# 63
Rudy Gamble
# 116# 25
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2020 Stats 
At Bats193192
Home Runs145
Stolen Bases32
Caught Stealing03
Batting Average.269.219
On Base Pct.362.286
Slugging Pct.554.344
On-base Plus Slugging.916.630
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2021 Projections 
At Bats513564
Home Runs2822
Stolen Bases711
Caught Stealing25
Batting Average.256.283
On Base Pct.329.345
Slugging Pct.482.463
On-base Plus Slugging.811.807
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
 Brandon Lowe went 2-for-5 with a home run, a walk, two total RBI and two runs scored in a 14-7 win over the Royals on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 21st
Jose Altuve (COVID-19 IL) could be activated from the injured list this weekend or early next week, according to manager Dusty Baker.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Apr 22nd
 Brandon Lowe is absent from Saturday's lineup against the Yankees.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 17th
Jose Altuve will remain on the COVID-19 IL for now because he "hasn't really passed the protocols yet," according to Dusty Baker.
Dan Harris
Tue, Apr 20th
 Brandon Lowe hit his first homer of the 2021 season in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 15th
A bunch of Astros including Jose Altuve landed on the injured list for unknown reasons.
Corbin Young
Wed, Apr 14th
 Brandon Lowe went 2-for-4 at the plate on Tuesday night as the Rays lost to the Rangers by an 8-3 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 14th
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve contributed to the stat sheet on Friday night by going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI sacrifice fly.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 10th
 Brandon Lowe went 1-for-5 at the plate with a three-run double and three strikeouts in Friday's 10-5 win over the Yankees.
John Aubin
Sat, Apr 10th
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a solo homer on Thursday as Houston defeated the Athletics, 6-2. This was Altuve's only hit as he finished 1-for-4.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Apr 9th
 Lowe actually lost a point on his batting average from 2019 (.269 from .270), but his profile looked far better in 2020. He cut his strikeout rate from 34.6% to 25.9%, and his swinging strike rate from 19.1% to 15.4%. Despite barreling the ball a whopping 17.5% of the time (top 2 percent in baseball), his average dropped a point because, well, he just didn't have an outrageously lucky BABIP like he did in 2019 (.377). Lowe improved his ISO and HR/FB rate, and was generally the best version of himself in 2020. Even mashing together his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Lowe has hit 31 homers and stole eight bases over 138 games. Batting near the top of a strong lineup, he should deliver another solid season at the thin second base position.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Altuve had a rough 2020 season (like most Astros offensive players), but it was particularly drastic for him. After batting .298 (which was low for him) with 31 home runs in 2019, he batted just .219 with five home runs last year, and he struck out more than he ever had before. But, like his counterpart in the middle infield, Carlos Correa, Altuve had a strong postseason, slashing .375/.500/.720 with five home runs. It's reasonable to write off Altuve's regular season as a slump that he would have broken out of in light of his postseason, though with just eight steals combined over his previous two seasons, stolen bases may not be a big part of his game going forward (though his sprint speed is still excellent). Expect a bounce-back campaign in most categories, and take the undervalued Altuve as a solid starting second baseman.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Lowe is underrated. Has legit 30/10 potential, health barring. I like him at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
The former American League MVP is going right inside the top-100 players according to the latest FantasyPros consensus ADP. It feels as if we're knocking him down too far based off a "down" 2020, especially when you factor in how many free passes the industry appears to be giving for the weirdness of last season. While Altuve's regular season numbers leave a lot to be desired, his season-long wRC+ increases from 77 to 112 when you include his postseason numbers. His batting average increases from .219 to .250. With how small of a sample the regular season was, I think it's more than fair to include playoff numbers for players who went deep into the tournament.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros