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Who Should I Draft?

Christian Yelich or Freddie Freeman (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
39 of 51 experts
24%
Recommended by
12 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 7# 10
Best Rank# 4# 6
Worst Rank# 12# 22
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 12# 11
Best Rank# 9# 9
Worst Rank# 13# 13
   
Projections 
   
Runs103106
Home Runs3632
RBI93109
Stolen Bases186
Batting Average.283.304
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 7
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 11# 13
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 10# 13
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 10
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 14
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 9# 10
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 9# 10
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 6# 10
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 7# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 10
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 7# 10
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 8# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 10
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 7# 10
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 11
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 8# 9
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 7# 10
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 5# 22
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 7# 10
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 8# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 7# 10
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 10
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 8# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 6# 10
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 10
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 8# 9
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 7# 10
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 9# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 10
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 7# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 7# 10
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 11
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 10# 8
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 10# 9
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 10# 9
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 10# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 10# 6
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 10# 9
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 11# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 8
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 11# 9
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 11# 10
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 12# 11
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 12# 10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats200214
   
Runs3951
   
Hits4173
   
Singles2136
   
Doubles723
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1213
   
RBI2253
   
Stolen Bases42
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks4645
   
Strikeouts7637
   
Batting Average.205.341
   
On Base Pct.356.462
   
Slugging Pct.430.640
   
On-base Plus Slugging.7861.102
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats549567
   
Runs103106
   
Hits153170
   
Singles8596
   
Doubles2939
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs3632
   
RBI93109
   
Stolen Bases186
   
Caught Stealing42
   
Walks9089
   
Strikeouts154118
   
Batting Average.283.304
   
On Base Pct.385.399
   
Slugging Pct.538.548
   
On-base Plus Slugging.922.946
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
News 
 Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a solo home run, and two runs scored Friday against the Mets.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 25th
Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored against the Mets Sunday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Oct 3rd
 Christian Yelich went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and one run scored Tuesday against the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 8th
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI against the Mets Saturday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Oct 3rd
 Christian Yelich went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored, six RBI, and a stolen base in Saturday's win over Washington.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 21st
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk against the Padres Sunday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 26th
 Christian Yelich has returned to the Brewers' lineup on Saturday against the Nationals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 21st
Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, two doubles, and an additional two runs scored against the Diamondbacks Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI Sunday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 15th
Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, two RBI, and two runs scored against the Diamondbacks Monday.
Steve Painter
Tue, Sep 21st
Notes 
 Yelich's 2020 season was, in a word, bizarre. After batting .327 combined from 2018-2019, his batting average dropped to a meager .205 last year. Although he hit the ball as hard as ever, setting career highs in average exit velocity and hard hit percentage, his strikeout rate ballooned more than 10 points to 30.8%. At the same time, Yelich's walk rate jumped up to 18.6%. Unsurprisingly, the reason for the jump in both Yelich's strikeouts and walks was that he simply swung less - just 34.6% of the time after his mark hovered above 44% the previous two seasons. If Yelich takes the same passive approach in 2021, then it's likely that his batting average will remain below what fantasy managers had come to expect. But considering that his season was so out of line with what he'd produced since coming to Milwaukee, fantasy managers should expect far more this season, and feel confident drafting him late in the first round.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Although there were questions about Freeman's 2020 season because of his battle with COVID-19 prior to the season, those questions were answered and then some with his MVP season. The statcast leaderboard is littered with Freeman's name, as he ranked in the top nine percent of the league in barrel rate, average exit velocity, expected batting average, expected slugging percentage, wOBA, xwOBA, xwOBAcon, hard hit percentage, strikeout percentage, and walk percentage. Freeman likely won't reach double digits in steals, but that is about the only negative thing you can say about his fantasy outlook. He's as safe as they come in the other four hitting categories, and comes with next to no risk. He'll likely cost a borderline first round pick on draft day, but he is worth it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Yelich was a bust for those who used a top-three selection on him in 2020 fantasy drafts. Don't let that scare you off, however. One of the biggest factors we need to consider for draft prep this year is how much should we weigh 2020? Yelich actually had a higher average exit velocity, a higher hard-hit rate, and a better walk rate than he did in 2019. He was just striking out way more often than usual. That, to me, looks like a profile in which Yelich would've eventually rebounded over the course of a full year. Perhaps he was pressing due to the depletion of Milwaukee's lineup, but Yelich's batted ball data is fine. I'm taking the discount and drafting him in the late-first with confidence.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros