Who Should I Draft?

Joey Votto or Daniel Murphy (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
35 of 56 experts
38%
Recommended by
21 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 42
Best Rank# 22# 21
Worst Rank# 85# 92
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 52# 67
Best Rank# 46# 59
Worst Rank# 67# 100
   
Projections 
   
Runs8581
Home Runs2222
RBI8383
Stolen Bases44
Batting Average.292.311
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 42
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 28# 37
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 34# 56
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 47
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 58
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 85# 92
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 51# 52
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 28# 50
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 39# 45
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 41# 59
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 36# 45
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 35# 48
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 47# 58
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 44
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 38# 42
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 32# 48
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 35# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 41# 44
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 35
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 47
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 22# 86
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 34# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 33# 55
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 46
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 40# 44
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 30# 40
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 44
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 34# 49
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 48# 62
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 46
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 36# 50
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 31# 47
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 39# 41
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 32# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 37
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 29# 24
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 26
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 39# 29
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 33
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 42# 38
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 44# 34
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 44# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 45# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 42
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 48# 44
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 49# 38
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 49# 35
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 51# 45
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 51# 38
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 53# 43
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 54# 43
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 56# 21
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 60# 55
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 74# 39
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 77# 68
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats503328
   
Runs6740
   
Hits14398
   
Singles10171
   
Doubles2815
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs1212
   
RBI6742
   
Stolen Bases23
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks10820
   
Strikeouts10140
   
Batting Average.284.299
   
On Base Pct.417.336
   
Slugging Pct.420.454
   
On-base Plus Slugging.837.791
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats522529
   
Runs8581
   
Hits152165
   
Singles99105
   
Doubles3035
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs2222
   
RBI8383
   
Stolen Bases44
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks10841
   
Strikeouts10169
   
Batting Average.292.311
   
On Base Pct.413.360
   
Slugging Pct.482.517
   
On-base Plus Slugging.895.876
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
News 
 Joey Votto (back) is in Friday‚Äôs lineup versus the Rangers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
Daniel Murphy went 1-for-6 with a double and two RBI in the Rockies' 16-12 loss to the Padres on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Joey Votto was removed from Wednesday's game versus the Indians with mid-back stiffness.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Rockies' 10-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday evening.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo home runin the Reds' 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-1 win over the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
 Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with three singles, an RBI, and a run scored in the Reds' 9-3 win over the Nationals on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Fri, May 31st
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Rockies fell to the Cubs 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Reds first baseman Joey Votto is back in the lineup for the team's Friday matchup against the Washington Nationals after missing the team's last two games with a tight hamstring.
Mike Maher
Fri, May 31st
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Rockies' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Notes 
 Votto did not return second round value or even close to it last year, but his ADP should be around the fifth this year. You can expect his batting average to bounceback above .300, and don't forget that he had 94 HRs in the previous three years before his 12 in 2018
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Murphy's overall stat line wasn't all that impressive last year, but once he was healthy in the second half, he returned to hittin .315 with a 25 HR pace. Move that to Coors Field and we may be looking at the NL Batting Champion with plenty of homers, RBI and runs. Be mindful that he rarely plays a full season, but when he is on the field we are looking at a top 30 fantasy asset
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Votto enters 2019 as one of the bigger mysteries in fantasy baseball, following a season in which he hit just 12 HRs in 145 games and produced a .284 batting average that was 27 points lower than his career .311 mark. Was this an issue of mechanics, injuries, or simply advancing age? Votto believes it was a mechanical issue with his swing that he can fix, but only time will tell. Even in a down year, his prodigious plate discipline remained in tact, so he is sure to remain a major asset in OBP leagues. He's a little riskier in standard 5x5 formats, but first base is shallow and he should bounce back enough to at least remain a decent starter in 12-team leagues. The Miguel Cabrera career path feels like a worst case scenario, and that isn't too bad.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Murphy took a long time to return from microfracture knee surgery in 2018, but it was worth the wait for his fantasy owners, as he produced a .299/40/12/42/3 line over 328 at-bats from June on. He's always been a good hitter, but has blossomed into a truly potent fantasy asset over the last three seasons, demonstrating the ability to knock 25 home runs with a batting average well north of .300. And that was before he played his home games at Coors Field, where he owns a .330 lifetime batting average. Murphy may be discounted in drafts on account of his increasing age, but it would not be shocking if he finished as a top-20 overall hitter in his first season in Colorado.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Votto, now 35 years old, hit 12 homers last year after clubbing 36 in 2017. At least he maintained his stellar plate approach, tallying more walks (108) than strikeouts (101) while lacing MLB's second-highest line-drive rate (31.4%) behind Freddie Freeman. While still a commendable performer in OBP and points leagues, he'll need a power uptick to justify an early investment in roto and H2H category formats. A modest rise in last year's career-low 9.5% HR/FB rate should at least steer him closer to his .477 xSLG with 20-25 homers. That would make him a worthy bounce-back pick if paired with anything near his career .311 batting average.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Murphy's draft stock hasn't soared nearly enough for a career .299/.344/.458 hitter moving to Coors Field. One of baseball's top sluggers in 2016 and 2017, his 2018 returns were contaminated by a brutal return from offseason knee injury. From July 1 onward, removing 15 games from his 91-game season, he batted .317/.355/.493 with 12 homers. Steamer's projected .307 average and 22 homers seem more than reasonable with the Rockies, and he's capable of bringing home another batting title.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros