Who Should I Draft?

Joey Gallo or Michael Brantley (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
43 of 59 experts
27%
Recommended by
16 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 58# 71
Best Rank# 30# 36
Worst Rank# 130# 140
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 99# 107
Best Rank# 88# 97
Worst Rank# 110# 128
   
Projections 
   
Runs8775
Home Runs4115
RBI9574
Stolen Bases511
Batting Average.219.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 55# 70
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 66# 80
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 56# 67
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 58# 92
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 55# 67
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 63# 68
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 44# 123
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 43# 82
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 44# 85
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 56# 70
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 51# 85
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 32# 89
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 51# 67
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 84
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 44# 78
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 55# 140
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 49# 70
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 63# 73
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 70
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 42# 65
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 44# 78
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 50# 68
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 73# 110
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 67# 74
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 100# 104
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 60# 70
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 38# 54
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 30# 71
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 60# 75
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 62# 66
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 70# 121
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 38# 91
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 70# 76
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 51# 81
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 43# 81
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 57# 74
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 67# 71
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 49# 75
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 53# 61
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 52# 60
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 58# 77
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 55# 58
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 63# 67
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 43# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 59# 58
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 66# 64
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 67# 55
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 75# 61
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 76# 46
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 77# 70
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 77# 76
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 78# 73
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 78# 72
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 78# 74
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 79# 54
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 91# 57
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 96# 62
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 107# 36
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 130# 79
   
  Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats500570
   
Runs8289
   
Hits103176
   
Singles38121
   
Doubles2436
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs4017
   
RBI9276
   
Stolen Bases312
   
Caught Stealing43
   
Walks7448
   
Strikeouts20760
   
Batting Average.206.309
   
On Base Pct.312.364
   
Slugging Pct.498.468
   
On-base Plus Slugging.810.833
   
  Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats498520
   
Runs8775
   
Hits109153
   
Singles43105
   
Doubles2330
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs4115
   
RBI9574
   
Stolen Bases511
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks7646
   
Strikeouts20162
   
Batting Average.219.294
   
On Base Pct.322.352
   
Slugging Pct.523.449
   
On-base Plus Slugging.845.801
   
  Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
News 
 Joey Gallo (wrist) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 21st
Michael Brantley went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
 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
Michael Brantley went 1-for-2 in Tuesday's 21-7 loss to the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
 Joey Gallo (wrist) is expected to come off the injured list September 20th.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
Michael Brantley went 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's 11-9 win over the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
 Joey Gallo will have to undergo surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his wrist.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 25th
Michael Brantley went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 4th
 Joey Gallo (wrist) will likely require a stint on the injured list, and the Rangers are concerned that he may have a broken hamate bone.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 24th
Michael Brantley went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Rays.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 29th
Notes 
 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
Batting average tends to be an underrated ability in fantasy baseball, and that is an area in which Brantley excels. But durability is also an underrated commodity, and that has been Brantley downfall for big chunks of his career. If Brantley can just manage to stay healthy, he should be able to contribute enough balanced production across all five roto categories to be a valuable third outfielder in mixed 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
Just as everyone gave up on the oft-injured Brantley, he returned from a significant ankle injury to bat .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 12 steals in 631 plate appearances. No qualified hitter made more contact (90.9%) than the 31-year-old outfielder, whose 9.5% strikeout rate finished second after Andrelton Simmons. His skill set is likely to get undervalued by drafters seeking flashier power or speed, and he could easily score 100+ runs in the Astros slot him atop their lineup. Health is the only concern.
Andrew Gould - 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