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Who Should I Draft?

Christian Yelich or Jose Ramirez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Jose Ramirez
3B,DH - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
31 of 51 experts
39%
Recommended by
20 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 7# 9
Best Rank# 4# 6
Worst Rank# 12# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 12# 10
Best Rank# 9# 10
Worst Rank# 13# 12
   
Projections 
   
Runs10397
Home Runs3633
RBI93101
Stolen Bases1824
Batting Average.283.279
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 10
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 8
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 8
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 12# 15
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 9
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 6# 9
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 7# 8
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 7# 9
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 9
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 7# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 8# 10
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 5# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 7# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 9
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 8# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 6# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 9
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 12
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 8# 10
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 7# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 9# 10
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 10# 11
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 7# 10
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 7# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 8# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 7
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 8# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 9# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 7
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 9# 7
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 10# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 10# 8
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 10# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 10# 7
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 10# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 10# 7
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 11# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 11# 7
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 11# 8
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 11# 9
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 12# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Jose Ramirez
3B,DH - CLE
Jose Ramirez
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats200219
   
Runs3945
   
Hits4164
   
Singles2130
   
Doubles716
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1217
   
RBI2246
   
Stolen Bases410
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks4631
   
Strikeouts7643
   
Batting Average.205.292
   
On Base Pct.356.386
   
Slugging Pct.430.607
   
On-base Plus Slugging.786.993
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Jose Ramirez
3B,DH - CLE
Jose Ramirez
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats549560
   
Runs10397
   
Hits153154
   
Singles8579
   
Doubles2938
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs3633
   
RBI93101
   
Stolen Bases1824
   
Caught Stealing47
   
Walks9073
   
Strikeouts15494
   
Batting Average.283.279
   
On Base Pct.385.362
   
Slugging Pct.538.536
   
On-base Plus Slugging.922.898
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Jose Ramirez
3B,DH - CLE
Jose Ramirez
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
Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs, three RBI, and a steal in a 6-0 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 25th
 Christian Yelich went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and one run scored Tuesday against the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 8th
Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two singles in a 1-0 loss to the White Sox on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 25th
 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
Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez went 4-for-4 with a homer, four runs, and three RBI in an 11-1 win over the Yankees on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 19th
 Christian Yelich has returned to the Brewers' lineup on Saturday against the Nationals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 21st
Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a homer, three runs, an RBI, and two walks in an 11-3 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 18th
 Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI Sunday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 15th
Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, and two RBI in a 12-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 16th
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
If you throw out the first half of his 2019 season, then Ramirez has been a dominant force in fantasy baseball for the last five years. He was as good as ever in 2020, setting career highs in slugging percentage (.607), wOBA (.415) and wRC+ (164). To the extent there are question marks about Ramirez, they're about his supporting cast, as Cleveland's lineup should be one of the weaker ones in the league now that the team has jettisoned Francisco Lindor. But a hitter's lineup is often overvalued by fantasy managers, particularly with a player like Ramirez who adds in value with stolen bases. He comes with little to no risk, and should be the first third baseman drafted, and a first round pick, in all formats.
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