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Who Should I Draft?

Brandon Lowe or Shohei Ohtani (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Expert
Recommendation
91%
Recommended by
40 of 44 experts
9%
Recommended by
4 of 44 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 28# 68
Best Rank# 4# 46
Worst Rank# 92# 142
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 8# 70
Best Rank# 1# 61
Worst Rank# 76# 93
   
Projections 
   
Runs91
Home Runs1835
RBI91
Stolen Bases7
Batting Avg.251
Strikeouts143166
Wins8
Saves0
ERA4.05
WHIP1.25
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 81
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 14# 71
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 17# 83
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 10# 64
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 19# 85
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 7# 73
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 9# 142
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 4# 69
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 49# 68
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 7# 55
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 15# 67
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 13# 72
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 9# 106
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 14# 46
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 49# 69
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 69
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 18# 54
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 5# 63
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 60
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 26# 66
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 19# 66
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 70
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 9# 69
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 69# 73
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 13# 67
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 50
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 5# 104
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 86
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 69# 90
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 9# 69
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 70
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 7# 63
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 92# 100
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 9# 46
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 7# 61
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 20# 66
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 11# 85
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 4# 59
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 66
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 53
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 115# 60
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 115# 81
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 136# 85
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
2021 Stats 
   
   
Runs97
   
Home Runs1539
   
RBI99
   
Stolen Bases7
   
Batting Avg.247
   
Strikeouts156167
   
Wins9
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.18
   
WHIP1.09
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
2022 Projections 
   
   
Runs91
   
Home Runs1835
   
RBI91
   
Stolen Bases7
   
Batting Avg.251
   
Strikeouts143166
   
Wins8
   
Saves0
   
ERA4.05
   
WHIP1.25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
News 
 Shohei Ohtani allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Diego Sandoval
Thu, May 19th
Rays 2B Brandon Lowe has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his lower back. He will be held out of baseball activities for three weeks and then be re-evaluated.
Vince DiSilvio
Tue, May 17th
 Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Rangers.
Diego Sandoval
Tue, May 17th
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Brandon Lowe will officially be placed on the IL on Monday as he deals with a back issue.
Josh Thiessen
Mon, May 16th
 Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Sunday's 4-1 win over the A's.
Diego Sandoval
Mon, May 16th
Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe went 0-for-3 against the Angels on Tuesday. The entire lineup was held hitless. Tampa Bay was ultimately defeated in Los Angeles by a score of 12-0.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, May 11th
 Shohei Ohtani batted 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in the win over the As.
Nate Lowenthal
Sun, May 15th
Brandon Lowe went 1-for-4 with a run scored and his first stolen base of the season on Friday against the Twins.
Dan Harris
Fri, Apr 29th
 Shohei Ohtani batted 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and a walk for one RBI in the loss to Oakland.
Nate Lowenthal
Sat, May 14th
Brandon Lowe went 2-for-5 with a run scored on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Dan Harris
Wed, Apr 27th
Notes 
 He's Japan's greatest gift to MLB since Ichiro, and he offers the greatest combination of hitting and pitching since Babe Ruth. Ohtani's 9.1 WAR in 2021 was more than a full win higher than anyone else's. It's unfortunate that the rules in most fantasy leagues make it impossible for investors to fully tap all of Ohtani's skills. As a hitter, he provides prodigious power, scores runs in bunches and makes meaningful SB contributions. He batted .257 last year, but would it shock anyone if he gave us a .300 season? As a pitcher, Ohtani got his walks under control, struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings, and posted a 9-2 record. It's a dazzling skill set, and if Ohtani stays healthy, he's likely to return something close to first-round value as a hitter. He's a valuable pitcher, too, but to most fantasy owners that's just gravy.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
In 2021, Lowe became a full-time player for the first time in his career and responded with 39 HRs, 99 RBI and 97 runs. He batted only .247 last year and struck out 167 times in 615 plate appearances. Lowe has also struggled against lefties throughout his career. But Lowe's first-half/second-half splits were eye-opening. He was batting .208 at the All-Star break; Lowe batted .292 after the break and dramatically reduced his strikeout rate without sacrificing any power. If the second-half adjustments stick, Lowe might actually be able to improve upon his breakout season.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros