Who Should I Draft?

Freddie Freeman or Joey Votto (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
56 of 56 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 36
Best Rank# 7# 22
Worst Rank# 25# 85
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 52
Best Rank# 16# 46
Worst Rank# 25# 67
   
Projections 
   
Runs9385
Home Runs2722
RBI9583
Stolen Bases84
Batting Average.302.292
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 16# 49
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 35
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 15# 28
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 13# 56
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 17# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 28
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 11# 40
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 14# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 85
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 15# 51
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 24# 28
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 17# 39
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 16# 41
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 23# 77
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 17# 44
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 18# 36
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 9# 35
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 21# 49
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 22# 47
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 17# 48
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 16# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 14# 38
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 23# 74
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 17# 32
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 23# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 46
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 14# 35
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 17# 51
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 20# 41
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 9# 30
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 27
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 18# 22
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 16# 34
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 16# 29
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 17# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 16# 43
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 16# 40
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 18# 30
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 39
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 9# 53
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 18# 42
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 15# 34
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 7# 48
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 19# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 33
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 25# 60
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 17# 36
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 17# 31
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 17# 39
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 24# 32
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 9# 44
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 17# 51
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 30
   
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats618503
   
Runs9467
   
Hits191143
   
Singles120101
   
Doubles4428
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs2312
   
RBI9867
   
Stolen Bases102
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks76108
   
Strikeouts132101
   
Batting Average.309.284
   
On Base Pct.388.417
   
Slugging Pct.505.420
   
On-base Plus Slugging.892.837
   
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats568522
   
Runs9385
   
Hits171152
   
Singles10199
   
Doubles3930
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs2722
   
RBI9583
   
Stolen Bases84
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks77108
   
Strikeouts126101
   
Batting Average.302.292
   
On Base Pct.385.413
   
Slugging Pct.525.482
   
On-base Plus Slugging.910.895
   
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
News 
 Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, a run scored, and five RBI in Saturday's 13-9 win over the Nationals.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jun 23rd
Joey Votto went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run in the Reds' 7-5 loss to the Brewers on Sunday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Mets. The homer was his 21st of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jun 20th
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in the Reds' 4-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 19th
Joey Votto (back) is in Friday’s lineup versus the Rangers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBIs in Friday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 19th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Joey Votto was removed from Wednesday's game versus the Indians with mid-back stiffness.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in Monday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The homer was his 18th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Jun 11th
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo home runin the Reds' 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
Notes 
 First basemen isn't as deep as it once was so commodities like Freeman are well worth investing in toward the middle of the third round. He is a lock for 90 runs, 90 RBIs and a .300 batting average each year and that type of player doesn't grow on trees
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Votto did not return second round value or even close to it last year, but his ADP should be around the fifth this year. You can expect his batting average to bounceback above .300, and don't forget that he had 94 HRs in the previous three years before his 12 in 2018
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Freeman bounced back from an injury-shortened 2017 season to finish as the number one fantasy first baseman in 2018, despite a precipitous drop in his power output. Freeman may struggle to return to the 30-HR plateau if he continues to hit as few fly balls as he did last year, but he's now produced a .300 batting average in three straight seasons, is good for 5-10 steals, and should continue to see healthy run and RBI totals as the Braves' lineup comes into its own. Consider him a decent bet to again finish as the number one 1B in fantasy.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Votto enters 2019 as one of the bigger mysteries in fantasy baseball, following a season in which he hit just 12 HRs in 145 games and produced a .284 batting average that was 27 points lower than his career .311 mark. Was this an issue of mechanics, injuries, or simply advancing age? Votto believes it was a mechanical issue with his swing that he can fix, but only time will tell. Even in a down year, his prodigious plate discipline remained in tact, so he is sure to remain a major asset in OBP leagues. He's a little riskier in standard 5x5 formats, but first base is shallow and he should bounce back enough to at least remain a decent starter in 12-team leagues. The Miguel Cabrera career path feels like a worst case scenario, and that isn't too bad.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Replacing Joey Votto as the line-drive king, Freeman has batted above .300 with a slugging percentage over .500 in each of the last three seasons. He played all 162 games and even poached a career-high 10 bases in 2018. He'd be fantasy's undisputed top first baseman if not for a late power outage limiting him to 23 homers. Now he's simply competing with Paul Goldschmidt for top billing as second-round mainstays. Now that he has slowly repealed the injury-prone label, Freeman is a relatively safe pick with MVP upside.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Votto, now 35 years old, hit 12 homers last year after clubbing 36 in 2017. At least he maintained his stellar plate approach, tallying more walks (108) than strikeouts (101) while lacing MLB's second-highest line-drive rate (31.4%) behind Freddie Freeman. While still a commendable performer in OBP and points leagues, he'll need a power uptick to justify an early investment in roto and H2H category formats. A modest rise in last year's career-low 9.5% HR/FB rate should at least steer him closer to his .477 xSLG with 20-25 homers. That would make him a worthy bounce-back pick if paired with anything near his career .311 batting average.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros