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Who Should I Draft?

Jeff McNeil or Josh Donaldson (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
47 of 51 experts
8%
Recommended by
4 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 63# 99
Best Rank# 38# 66
Worst Rank# 101# 146
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 99# 176
Best Rank# 73# 149
Worst Rank# 105# 196
   
Projections 
   
Runs8176
Home Runs1827
RBI7374
Stolen Bases63
Batting Average.296.248
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 86
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 91
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 47# 99
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 45# 146
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 74# 100
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 84# 94
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 70# 96
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 60# 108
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 54# 118
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 62# 106
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 61# 99
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 64# 102
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 42# 92
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 60# 85
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 68# 91
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 107
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 66# 94
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 54# 107
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 64# 95
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 39# 119
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 38# 96
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 57# 116
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 84# 98
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 64# 88
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 68# 95
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 59# 117
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 67# 104
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 62# 123
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 63# 104
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 67# 100
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 68# 103
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 63# 103
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 53# 115
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 103
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 74# 97
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 72# 91
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 63# 94
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 46# 95
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 72# 95
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 69# 116
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 71# 74
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 64# 94
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 63# 95
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 52# 109
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 64# 104
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 65# 99
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 101# 136
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 86# 77
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 95# 94
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 95# 66
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 100# 91
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats18381
   
Runs1914
   
Hits5718
   
Singles3910
   
Doubles142
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs46
   
RBI2311
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks2018
   
Strikeouts2424
   
Batting Average.312.222
   
On Base Pct.383.373
   
Slugging Pct.454.469
   
On-base Plus Slugging.836.842
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats556459
   
Runs8176
   
Hits163112
   
Singles10661
   
Doubles3523
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1827
   
RBI7374
   
Stolen Bases63
   
Caught Stealing41
   
Walks4680
   
Strikeouts82130
   
Batting Average.296.248
   
On Base Pct.350.361
   
Slugging Pct.465.474
   
On-base Plus Slugging.815.835
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
News 
 Jeff McNeil went 1-for-3 with one single, one strikeout, and two RBIs.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, Aug 14th
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 in a 12-3 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 16th
 Jeff McNeil went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Aug 2nd
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk in a 6-4 loss to the Royals on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 11th
 Jeff McNeil is absent from Thursday's lineup against the Braves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 29th
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a double in a 3-0 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 9th
 Jeff McNeil went 2-for-5 with one run scored, one home run, one double, one strikeout, and two RBIs.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Jul 28th
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to the Rays on Friday. He struck out once.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 4th
 Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, and a RBI in game two of the double header after not playing in game one.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Jul 27th
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Aug 30th
Notes 
 Much of McNeil's 2020 season looked similar to his year in 2019. He hit over .300, rarely struck out, and got on base plenty. But the power gains that we saw in 2019 vanished, as he hit just four home runs over 52 games. His barrel rate (2.5%) and hard-hit percentage (26.5%) were some of the worst in the league, and he didn't even offer the token stolen base that he had chipped in during previous seasons. This is a scenario where McNeil's value to any particular fantasy manager will depend on the weight he or she gives to the shortened 2020 season. Given that McNeil never hit the ball particularly hard anyway, though, a good bet is to assume he at least returns to the high teens in home runs, slightly below his 2019 pace. With his strong average and multi-position eligibility, that makes McNeil an asset in the middle rounds.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Donaldson again missed significant time with a calf strain last year, and was limited to just 28 games. He hit for power and walked plenty when he was in the lineup, and both his average exit velocity and hard hit rate were at or near his career highs. In other words, there doesn't seem to be much of a decline in his performance over recent seasons. Now in his age-35 season, it sounds like the Twins are going to give Donaldson plenty of rest this year in an effort to keep him healthy. Bank on the power, but assume a maximum of 130 games or so. There's a lot of value in that so long as you factor it in appropriately.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros