Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Andrew Benintendi (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Andrew Benintendi
LF,CF - BOS
Andrew Benintendi
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
44 of 59 experts
25%
Recommended by
15 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 21
Best Rank# 6# 12
Worst Rank# 33# 54
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 18# 29
Best Rank# 16# 29
Worst Rank# 23# 34
   
Projections 
   
Runs8799
Home Runs3019
RBI9683
Stolen Bases1719
Batting Average.276.286
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTDDTD
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 15# 20
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 22
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 16# 20
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 10# 33
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 14# 22
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 21
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 18# 19
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 16# 25
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 20
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 24
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 11# 17
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 20
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 19# 25
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9# 24
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 18# 25
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 20# 23
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 22
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 17# 20
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 9# 54
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 21# 22
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 20
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 13# 17
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 15# 18
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 21
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 17# 21
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 21
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 24
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 18# 24
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 22
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 15# 28
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 22# 23
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 22
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 15# 17
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 14# 22
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 11# 14
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 18# 19
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 18# 24
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 18# 21
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 21
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 18# 21
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 19# 23
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 21
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 19# 18
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 19
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 21# 20
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 21
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 15
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 22# 21
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 20
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 19
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 22
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 24# 12
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 29# 20
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 29# 24
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 32# 17
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 33# 26
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 20
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Andrew Benintendi
LF,CF - BOS
Andrew Benintendi
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats606579
   
Runs101103
   
Hits176168
   
Singles93105
   
Doubles4041
   
Triples96
   
Home Runs3416
   
RBI11187
   
Stolen Bases2121
   
Caught Stealing93
   
Walks2971
   
Strikeouts167106
   
Batting Average.290.290
   
On Base Pct.326.366
   
Slugging Pct.555.465
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.830
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Andrew Benintendi
LF,CF - BOS
Andrew Benintendi
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats582578
   
Runs8799
   
Hits161165
   
Singles93103
   
Doubles3338
   
Triples55
   
Home Runs3019
   
RBI9683
   
Stolen Bases1719
   
Caught Stealing65
   
Walks3369
   
Strikeouts159104
   
Batting Average.276.286
   
On Base Pct.315.362
   
Slugging Pct.507.466
   
On-base Plus Slugging.822.827
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Andrew Benintendi
LF,CF - BOS
Andrew Benintendi
News 
 Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Javier Baez (thumb) remains available off the bench as a pinch-runner.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
Andrew Benintendi (thumb) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 21st
 An MRI revealed a hairline fracture on Javier Baez’s thumb Saturday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Andrew Benintendi left Friday's game against the Rays with a bruised left thumb, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 21st
 Javier Baez is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs as the Red Sox beat the Giants by a 5-4 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 19th
 Javier Baez (thumb) is not in Friday's lineup against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
Andrew Benintendi is not in Saturday's lineup in Philadelphia, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
 Javier Baez was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Brewers due to soreness in his left thumb.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 5th
Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday in the loss against the Twins.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 4th
Notes 
 Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Benintendi is a spectacular real life player, but in fantasy, he was extremely similar to Jean Segura who happens to be going five rounds later. The arrow is pointing up for Benintendi, but not enough to warrant a top 30 draft pick
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Baez fits into a similar category of player as Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story: shortstops coming off of 30-20 seasons who have sky-high upside but also a bit of risk. The biggest risk for Baez is that his elevated strikeout rate leads to some regression in last season's .290 batting average. He also may not run quite as much after stealing just three bases in the second half last year. Still, Baez should be able to at least produce a .270-30-15 kind of season, which would be enough to keep him among the elite fantasy options at shortstop.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
At 24 years old, Benintendi has yet to experience a major breakthrough in terms of home runs or stolen bases, but he's nonetheless settled in as a valuably reliable contributor across every offensive category. At this stage of his career, it's fair to expect more of the same -- close to 20-20 with an average in the .280-.290 range and strong run production numbers in Boston's loaded lineup. That was enough to make Benintendi a top-20 hitter in standard 5x5 formats last season, and should be again this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Despite recording the second-worst swinging strike (18.2%) and outside-swing (45.5%) rates, Baez managed to hit .290. Among 17 hitters with a contact rate of 70.0% or lower in at least 300 plate appearances, Aaron Judge was the only one besides Baez to bat above .266. That's a better baseline for 2019. Given his middling 4.5 walk %, he might not reach base enough to steal another 21 bases. Don't pay full freight for an encore.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Great in every category but not spectacular in one, a player of Benintendi's ilk typically doesn't merit top-25 consideration. But 20/20 candidates are hard to come by, especially if they provide a high batting-average floor and can score 100 times atop a loaded Red Sox lineup. The 24-year-old also might not have peaked yet, as he has improved his strikeout and walk rates each season. While he offers a relatively safe profile, this possible upside forces drafters to pay a steep price to snag him around the Round 2/3 turn.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros