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Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Jose Altuve (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Javier Baez
Javier Baez
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Recommended by
37 of 52 experts
Recommended by
15 of 52 experts
ECR# 20# 23
Best Rank# 8# 16
Worst Rank# 53# 98
Composite# 32# 31
Best Rank# 27# 26
Worst Rank# 66# 33
Home Runs129
Stolen Bases55
Batting Average.279.305
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 24
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 24
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 14# 46
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 30
Grey Albright
# 21# 24
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 29
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 23# 37
Beast Dome
# 8# 98
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 16
Fantasy Team Advice
# 18# 22
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 22
Rudy Gamble
# 16# 22
Wayne Bretsky
# 19# 24
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 21
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 17# 19
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 27# 76
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 21# 33
Mario Mergola
# 17# 18
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 22# 23
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 26# 28
Nick Mariano
# 25# 31
Donkey Teeth
# 25# 26
Dan Harris
# 20# 30
Pierre Camus
# 22# 25
Andrew Seifter
# 18# 33
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 15# 19
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 25
Mick Ciallela
# 18# 22
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 16# 35
Ariel Cohen
# 18# 23
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 20# 24
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 21
Carmen Maiorano
# 12# 17
Nate Miller
# 17# 22
Chris Mitchell
# 24# 33
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 33
Corbin Young
# 21# 23
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 18# 16
Andrew Gould
# 21# 17
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 21
Brendan Tuma
# 22# 20
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 24# 19
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 23
Site Projections
# 25# 18
George Kurtz
# 25# 22
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 22
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 18
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 25
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 30# 18
Chris Meaney
# 35# 20
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 20
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 53# 16
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Javier Baez
Javier Baez
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2019 Stats 
At Bats531500
Home Runs2931
Stolen Bases116
Caught Stealing75
Batting Average.281.298
On Base Pct.316.353
Slugging Pct.531.550
On-base Plus Slugging.847.903
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Javier Baez
Javier Baez
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2020 Projections 
At Bats216210
Home Runs129
Stolen Bases55
Caught Stealing22
Batting Average.279.305
On Base Pct.317.363
Slugging Pct.517.502
On-base Plus Slugging.835.865
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Javier Baez
Javier Baez
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
 Javier Baez went 1-for-4 in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Marlins on Wednesday, hitting a single. He also struck out twice a left two men on base in the 5-1 defeat.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Oct 1st
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with one double, a solo home run and two RBI during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Rays in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 15th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-5 on Friday against the White Sox, hitting a solo homer and a double. The Cubs won 10-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 26th
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Rays in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Wed, Oct 14th
 Javier Baez hit seventh on Wednesday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and stranded four men on base. The Cubs lost, 2-1.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Sep 24th
Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Rays in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Mon, Oct 12th
 Javier Baez hit sixth in the order on Monday and went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single and a strikeout. The Cubs won, 5-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Sep 21st
Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored, and drew a pair of walks in the Astros 11-6 drubbing of the A's in Game 4 of the ALDS.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Oct 8th
 Javier Baez went 0-for-3 on Friday against the Twins with two strikeouts. The Cubs won, 1-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 19th
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Astros fell to the A's 9-7 in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 7th
 I love the skill set while I hate that the Cubs attempted only 69 stolen base attempts in 2019 - 2nd least in all of baseball. Baez would be a top 10 pick if not for the Cubs refusal to run. That reality drops Baez down. 2019 wasn't a down year, it was a reflection of the Cubs approach to scoring runs by refusing to run.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Jose Altuve has lived in the early rounds of fantasy drafts for the past five years. But now, after the cheating scandal and slight decline, Altuve is dropping to the third round. If you haven't noticed yet, second base is a weak position, so it's a good spot to grab Altuve. He's still on the right side of 30, but just temper the expectations for the stolen base numbers to return to vintage Altuve-type numbers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 You're drafting Baez for one thing right now, and that's power. The speed? Major drop-off from 2018 to 2019. The walks? Ha, that's cute. The success that Baez has had the past two years has resulted in everything going exactly right for him, but with the skill set that he has, the margin for error is razor-thin. There are many players that offer the same skills that Baez had who can be had for a much better draft cost - especially considering the position that he plays.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
There is a TON of upside potential for Altuve as much as 15 picks higher than where I am ranking him, but as I do my rankings I keep seeing players I would rather have and more and more doubts that Altuve will get back to stealing 20+ bases. Without those steals, the plus BA isn't enough to make me bite over the alternatives.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Not sure he's as special of a fantasy asset as he was in 2018, particularly at a deep position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Scary drop in SBs and SB success rate. Average dropped under .300 for the first time since 2013. Exit Velocity and Hard hit % were below average so a significant drop in HRs can be assumed. Avoiding at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
  Hit a career-high 31 homers in 2019 and finished the season on a tear. No longer a reliable source of steals
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros