Who Should I Draft?

Eric Hosmer or Ryan Braun (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 88# 92
Best Rank# 53# 36
Worst Rank# 139# 150
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 167# 186
Best Rank# 135# 180
Worst Rank# 177# 918
   
Projections 
   
Runs8067
Home Runs2122
RBI8071
Stolen Bases612
Batting Average.272.269
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 82# 113
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 89# 98
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 53# 97
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 96# 98
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 88# 129
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 90# 103
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 76# 97
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 83# 94
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 99# 130
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 94# 118
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 116# 142
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 95# 124
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 60# 83
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 119# 150
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 80# 83
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 89# 94
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 96# 137
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 84# 108
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 89# 93
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 55# 67
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 96# 98
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 74# 95
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 89# 111
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 77# 80
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 92# 128
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 87# 96
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 100# 109
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 89# 94
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 86# 106
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 89# 97
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 81# 96
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 78# 119
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 115# 117
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 79# 96
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 79# 53
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 79# 78
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 85# 82
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 86# 50
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 84
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 91# 81
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 92# 89
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 92# 91
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 94# 87
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 95# 77
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 97# 93
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 100# 95
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 104# 78
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 104# 91
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 105# 60
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 108# 90
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 110# 95
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 112# 102
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 112# 84
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 113# 105
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 117# 85
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 119# 95
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 131# 36
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 135# 124
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 139# 103
   
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats613405
   
Runs7259
   
Hits155103
   
Singles10457
   
Doubles3125
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs1820
   
RBI6964
   
Stolen Bases711
   
Caught Stealing45
   
Walks6234
   
Strikeouts14285
   
Batting Average.253.254
   
On Base Pct.322.313
   
Slugging Pct.398.469
   
On-base Plus Slugging.720.782
   
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats588457
   
Runs8067
   
Hits160123
   
Singles10774
   
Doubles2926
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs2122
   
RBI8071
   
Stolen Bases612
   
Caught Stealing35
   
Walks6241
   
Strikeouts12495
   
Batting Average.272.269
   
On Base Pct.341.329
   
Slugging Pct.436.478
   
On-base Plus Slugging.777.807
   
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
News 
 Eric Hosmer went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Padres' loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 25th
Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Ryan Braun (calf) will start and play left field in Tuesday's Wild Card game.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 30th
 Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a solo homer on Thursday versus the Brewers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 with a walk, a grand slam, and two runs scored Wednesday against the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 26th
 Eric Hosmer went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the Padres' loss to the Rockies on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 14th
Ryan Braun went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win against the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 25th
 Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Padres' 14-7 loss to the D'Backs on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 2nd
Ryan Braun went 1-for-5 with a game winning grand slam in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 30th
Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Astros.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
Notes 
 Hosmer was a wreck in the second half, posting a negative average launch angle. While that is no guarantee to be fixed, he is still a career .280 hitter with excellent durability and sufficient power. Eventually every player becomes a value and Hosmer's ADP may have fallen enough that it has become the case.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Braun isn't often healthy, but when he is on the field, he has continued to rake over the last three years. In that time, his per 162 game average is 30 homers, 18 steals and a .279 batting average. If he can finally stay on the field, fantasy owners will hit the jackpot this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 After posting back-to-back 25 HR seasons, Hosmer managed just 18 long balls in his first season in San Diego and does not appear likely to return to the 25 homer range if he continues to hit the ball on the ground so frequently. That said, last year's .253 batting average seems due for some major improvement, both because his BABIP was a tad low and because last season's high strikeout rate looks like an outlier for a player that is still in the prime of his career. Hosmer could again be a sneaky source of steals on a team that likes to run, and his run and RBI production should improve along with the Padres' lineup as a whole. He won't blow you away with his production in any one category, but should make steady across-the-board contributions.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Braun is no longer the dominant fantasy outfielder he once was, but he looks to be criminally underrated at this stage of his career. You can't expect him to play more than 120-140 games, but Braun has proven over the last couple seasons that he's capable of producing 20+ HRs and 10+ SBs even while missing a quarter of a season, and his batting average could even pop back up into the .280+ range after two straight low-BABIP seasons. Hitting in a terrific lineup and favorable home ballpark, Braun (ADP 203.7) should be able to again produce numbers that resemble those of OFs going much earlier in drafts like George Springer (ADP 54.3), Mitch Haniger (ADP 81.0), and Justin Upton (ADP 85.7).
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 The every-other-year curse once again struck Hosmer, who batted .253/.322/.398 with a 95 wRC+ and -0.1 fWAR to start an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres. He was the only qualified position player to post a negative launch angle (-1.2°), and only Ian Desmond hit more ground balls than his 60.4%. Not only did he make weaker contact, he made less of it with career lows in contact (74.7%) and strikeout (21.0%) rate. Before writing Hosmer off entirely, he has bounced back from terrible years before. Deep-league managers will at least derive value from a locked-in starter who has recorded at least 667 plate appearances in each of the last four seasons. If he falls far enough, he is an acceptable corner-infield compiler, especially now that he's batting alongside Manny Machado. Take a better hitter-it won't be hard to find one-in shallower formats.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
A regressing Braun still offers value. Despite posting career lows in batting average (.254), OBP (.313) and wRC+ (105), the veteran still stockpiled 20 homers and 11 steals last year. He faces far less competition for playing time now that the Brewers have traded Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton, so he'll go as far as his health takes him. The 35-year-old isn't washed just yet; he notched a .296 xBA and .515 xSLG, per Statcast. He should at least fare closer to 2017's .268/.336/.487 slash line, and a 25/15 campaign isn't out of the question if he could piece together 550 plate appearances in around 130 games. A massive discrepancy between his consensus ADP (210) and ECR (141) reveals an intriguing buy-low opportunity.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros