Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Anthony Rendon (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
55 of 59 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 27
Best Rank# 6# 19
Worst Rank# 33# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 18# 41
Best Rank# 16# 39
Worst Rank# 23# 45
   
Projections 
   
Runs8787
Home Runs3024
RBI9693
Stolen Bases175
Batting Average.276.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 15# 22
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 30
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 26
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 16# 41
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 10# 52
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 14# 27
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 26
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 18# 22
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 16# 31
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 31
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 29
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 11# 56
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 27
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 19# 21
   
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Beast Dome
# 9# 42
   
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The Athletic
# 18# 30
   
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 21# 30
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 25
   
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Razzball
# 13# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 15# 38
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 31
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 17# 31
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 27
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 39
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 28
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 41
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 21# 26
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 18# 28
   
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RotoBaller
# 21# 26
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 15# 25
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 22# 27
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 25
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 15# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 41
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 37
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 14# 29
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 23
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 11# 29
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 18# 28
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 33
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 22# 26
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 18# 35
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 19# 32
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 18# 31
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 22
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 18# 29
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 19# 26
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 22
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 29# 27
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 29# 26
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 32# 23
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 33# 19
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats606529
   
Runs10188
   
Hits176163
   
Singles9393
   
Doubles4044
   
Triples92
   
Home Runs3424
   
RBI11192
   
Stolen Bases212
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks2955
   
Strikeouts16782
   
Batting Average.290.308
   
On Base Pct.326.374
   
Slugging Pct.555.535
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.909
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats582544
   
Runs8787
   
Hits161160
   
Singles9395
   
Doubles3340
   
Triples52
   
Home Runs3024
   
RBI9693
   
Stolen Bases175
   
Caught Stealing62
   
Walks3365
   
Strikeouts15990
   
Batting Average.276.294
   
On Base Pct.315.370
   
Slugging Pct.507.506
   
On-base Plus Slugging.822.876
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
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
The Washington Nationals have reportedly offered Anthony Rendon a seven-year contract worth between $210 million and $215 million.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 30th
 An MRI revealed a hairline fracture on Javier Baez’s thumb Saturday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0-for-3 with three walks and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Marlins. The steal was his fourth of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 22nd
 Javier Baez is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The homer was his 34th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 17th
 Javier Baez (thumb) is not in Friday's lineup against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, three RBI, two runs scored, and two walks in Thursday's win over the Twins. The homer was his 33rd of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
 Javier Baez was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Brewers due to soreness in his left thumb.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 5th
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Twins.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 12th
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
Every single season, fantasy owners draft Rendon in the fourth or fifth round and every single year he outproduces that draft value. 2018 was no different, as he hit .308 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored in just 136 games. Don't make the mistake of letting him slip by you in the fourth again this season
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
Rendon was the only third baseman to hit over .300 last season, and one of four third baseman to accomplish that feat in 2017. He's as good a bet for batting average as it gets at the position, and is also fully capable of delivering 25 home runs with good run and RBI totals. His stolen base totals have evaporated over the last couple years, but that shouldn't prevent him from again being a top-40 overall hitter in standard roto and categories leagues.
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
Diminishing speed and non-elite power make Rendon boring, but he's still a tremendous hitter who has batted above .300 and slugged over .500 in each of the last two seasons. After missing time with a bruised toe earlier in 2018, he posted a .391 wOBA (a mark matched by Jose Ramirez and Nolan Arenado all season) since the start of June. Stealing twice in three tries is a major bummer, but don't underestimate the worth of a .300, 25-homer hitter who could offer 90-100 runs and RBI apiece in the heart of Washington's lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros