Who Should I Draft?

Joey Gallo or Justin Upton (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 58
Best Rank# 33# 30
Worst Rank# 121# 130
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 94# 99
Best Rank# 77# 88
Worst Rank# 132# 110
   
Projections 
   
Runs8287
Home Runs2941
RBI8895
Stolen Bases85
Batting Average.253.219
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 73# 91
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 55
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 43# 58
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 46# 79
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 63
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 61# 107
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 49# 51
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 40# 76
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 63
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 67# 78
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 42# 77
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 54# 75
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 78
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 67
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 38# 100
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 58# 78
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 35# 66
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 53# 60
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 62
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 33# 67
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 60# 70
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 43# 51
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 55# 57
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 67
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 46# 49
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 69# 77
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 66# 130
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 48# 96
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 55# 58
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 44# 55
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 48# 30
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 87# 32
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 121# 38
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 62# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 67# 41
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 71# 42
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 44# 43
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 54# 43
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 77# 43
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 56# 44
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 44
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 62# 44
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 49# 44
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 55# 49
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 64# 49
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 61# 50
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 56# 51
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 63# 52
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 73# 53
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 95# 55
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 78# 55
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 65# 56
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 65# 56
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 67# 59
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 106# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 72# 63
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 96# 66
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 108# 70
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 118# 73
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats533500
   
Runs8082
   
Hits137103
   
Singles8838
   
Doubles1824
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs3040
   
RBI8592
   
Stolen Bases83
   
Caught Stealing24
   
Walks6474
   
Strikeouts176207
   
Batting Average.257.206
   
On Base Pct.344.312
   
Slugging Pct.463.498
   
On-base Plus Slugging.808.810
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats535498
   
Runs8287
   
Hits135109
   
Singles8043
   
Doubles2523
   
Triples13
   
Home Runs2941
   
RBI8895
   
Stolen Bases85
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks6376
   
Strikeouts171201
   
Batting Average.253.219
   
On Base Pct.332.322
   
Slugging Pct.469.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.802.845
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
News 
 Justin Upton (knee) received a PRP injection Friday and will be on crutches for two or three weeks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 22nd
Joey Gallo (wrist) said he's unlikely to return this season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 25th
 Justin Upton (knee) will not play again this season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
Joey Gallo (wrist) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 21st
 Justin Upton underwent an MRI on his right knee Wednesday.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
Joey Gallo (wrist) is unlikely to play in the Rangers' upcoming weekend series against the A's, and may not ultimately return this season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 19th
 Justin Upton went 0-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's 8-0 loss to the Indians.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
Joey Gallo (wrist) is expected to come off the injured list September 20th.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
 Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Thursday's 10-6 loss to the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 5th
Joey Gallo will have to undergo surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his wrist.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 25th
Notes 
 Erratic over the course of a season, Upton is consistent on a year-to-year basis. Even if he never lived out Ken Griffey Jr. comparisons, the outfielder has logged over 600 plate appearances in each of the last eight seasons with at least 30 homers in the last three. A rise in ground balls and fall in fly balls, however, puts that streak in jeopardy. So does a toe injury that will likely send him to the IL to start 2019. That's a big blow since stability was a major driving force in drafting Upton.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Gallo has reached 40 HRs in each of his two full Major League seasons, and will enter 2019 as one of the best pure power hitters in the game. Unfortunately, that power comes attached to a .203 career batting average, meaning that fantasy owners who draft Gallo in standard 5x5 formats will need to either punt batting average or make a concerted effort to offset the damage he'll do there. Whether you draft Gallo or not is largely a matter of roster construction, but expect him to finish right around the top-100 players in terms of overall fantasy value. He does walk quite a bit, giving him a major boost in OBP formats.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Upton is the definition of a boring-but-reliable fantasy producer, with six straight seasons of at least 26 HRs, eight stolen bases, solid run production, and a middling batting average. In a good year, he might hit 35 HRs, bat .280, or swipe 20 bags, but the safe expectation is that he will go around .250-30-10, which is still quite useful in fantasy leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
You may not love the idea of destroying your team's batting average with his .210 line, but you'll be hard-pressed to find 40 homers, and perhaps even 50 from anyone 50 picks early, let alone around the 9th round of drafts. If you combine him with Daniel Murphy in the 5th, you've got two players who combine for a .260 average with 65-70 homers. When you look at it that way, Gallo's value jumps off the page.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Upton is one of the only players with at least 30 homers in each of the last three seasons. You can also bank on 80+ RBIs and runs, and while his stolen bases have come down over the years, 10 is a good bet once again. Upton's batting average won't help you, but it should be enough to warrant a sixth round pick in standard leagues.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Barring a ton of good fortune, drafters should no longer draft Gallo hoping for a spike to even a .230 batting average. With MLB's worst contact rate last season (61.7%), it's no guarantee the career .203 hitter clears the Mendoza Line. He also, however, joined J.D. Martinez and Khris Davis as the only sluggers to belt 40 homers in each of the last two years. It will take a precise roster to tolerate the average liability in applicable leagues, but he's a much better investment in OBP, OPS and/or points leagues.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros