Who Should I Draft?

Bryce Harper or Jose Altuve (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
31 of 56 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 9# 10
Best Rank# 2# 3
Worst Rank# 25# 35
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 16# 14
Best Rank# 11# 7
Worst Rank# 20# 17
   
Projections 
   
Runs9995
Home Runs3518
RBI10180
Stolen Bases1122
Batting Average.269.317
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 8# 12
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 7
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 8# 15
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 10# 11
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 8# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 10# 19
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 21
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 10# 35
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 9# 13
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 29
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 7# 9
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 11# 16
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 8# 11
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 9# 15
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 12# 15
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 12# 15
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 16# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 10# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 11# 15
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 8# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 15# 16
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 12# 14
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 12# 13
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 9# 10
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 12# 19
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 13# 24
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 10# 19
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 13# 21
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 8# 17
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 8# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 13
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 8# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 9# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 10# 9
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 10# 8
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 10# 6
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 10# 9
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 11# 9
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 11# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 12# 9
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 9
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 12# 6
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 12# 8
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 12# 7
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 13# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 12
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 13# 11
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 14# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 14# 12
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 15# 11
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 16# 8
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 21# 11
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 21# 9
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 21# 9
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 25# 5
   
  Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats550534
   
Runs10384
   
Hits137169
   
Singles69125
   
Doubles3429
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs3413
   
RBI10061
   
Stolen Bases1317
   
Caught Stealing34
   
Walks13055
   
Strikeouts16979
   
Batting Average.249.317
   
On Base Pct.393.386
   
Slugging Pct.496.451
   
On-base Plus Slugging.889.837
   
  Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats516582
   
Runs9995
   
Hits139184
   
Singles73128
   
Doubles2935
   
Triples13
   
Home Runs3518
   
RBI10180
   
Stolen Bases1122
   
Caught Stealing46
   
Walks11156
   
Strikeouts14580
   
Batting Average.269.317
   
On Base Pct.398.377
   
Slugging Pct.533.483
   
On-base Plus Slugging.931.859
   
  Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
News 
 Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. The homer was his 12th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
The Astros activated Jose Altuve (knee, hamstring) off the 10-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 19th
 Phillies outfielder went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to the Reds. The steal was his third of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 10th
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that Jose Altuve (knee, hamstring) could return as soon as Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
 Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 in the team's win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
Altuve will kick off a rehab assignment Friday night with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 14th
 Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
Jose Altuve (hamstring, knee) appears close to beginning a rehab assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
 Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Thursday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Fri, May 31st
Jose Altuve has been pulled from his minor league rehab assignment due to "fatigue and soreness" in his knee.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
Notes 
 Harper may have posted just a .249 batting average in 2018, but the rest of his fantasy production was tremendous, plus his underlying metrics indicate the average returning closer to the .270 mark in 2019. His fantasy value improved when he signed with Philly because their ballpark is great for lefties, but he is still just a 2nd round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
It can be easy to be discouraged by Altuve "only" batting .316 with limited power and steals, but the injury seemed to influence his performance much more than most realize. You can expect a return to his 20 homer, 30 steal, 110 runs season with a batting average north of .330
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 After scaring fantasy owners with rumors that he could sign with the Giants, Harper ultimately stuck with the original plan and ended up in a great hitting environment in Philadelphia. The move is unquestionably a good one for his fantasy value, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about what kind of numbers to expect from Harper. Over the last four seasons, he has two years where he's hit over .315 and two where he's hit under .250. He's also hit as many as 42 HRs and as few as 24, and stolen as many as 21 bases and as few as four. Harper always contributes enough production to be a prized fantasy asset, but he only has one season on his resume where he's earned first round value. He could be a bit overrated now that he's signed with the Phillies.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Altuve is coming off a down year by his high standards, although he still finished just inside the top-60 players in standard 5x5 roto formats. Fantasy owners should expect a modest rebound, but it would be unwise to expect Altuve to fully return to the first round player he once was. His back-to-back 24 HR seasons in 2016 and 2017 always looked unsustainable based on his high ground ball rate, and while last year's 13 homers may be his floor in that department, fantasy owners shouldn't realistically expect more than 15-17. Meanwhile, Altuve's sprint speed is down and his stolen base attempts have declined for five straight years, suggesting that he may not steal 20 bases, let alone 30.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 A wide dissonance remains from what drafters want from Harper and what he typically delivers. With batting averages of .330, .243, .319, and .249 over the last four years, there's a steep range of outcomes for a perennial top pick averaging 32 homers and 11 steals in that stretch. His latest drop came with a career-low 70.8% contact rate, so count on a compromise to around .270 rather than a full rebound. Now that he has signed with the Phillies, he should belt closer to 35-40 long balls with the help of Citizens Bank Park. The ideal landing spot pushes him up to early second-round territory, and it wouldn't be surprising to see some drafters grab him late in the first.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Last year's consensus No. 2 pick, Altuve stumbled to just 13 homers and 17 steals in 137 games. Despite the down year, drafters should pounce if the 2017 AL MVP falls into the second round. He was batting .342 through June before a knee injury interfered, eventually forcing the first DL appearance of his career. After an offseason to heal, he should veer closer to 20-homer, 25-steal form with a sky-high average and plenty of scoring output in Houston's star-studded lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros