Who Should I Draft?

Joey Votto or Lorenzo Cain (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 37
Best Rank# 22# 27
Worst Rank# 85# 74
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 52# 63
Best Rank# 46# 49
Worst Rank# 67# 66
   
Projections 
   
Runs8588
Home Runs2213
RBI8354
Stolen Bases424
Batting Average.292.293
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 49# 56
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 28# 39
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 34# 48
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 40
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 39# 42
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 51# 56
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 41# 44
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 44# 74
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 36# 44
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 46
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 49# 51
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 47# 64
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 36
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 32# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 50
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 74
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 22# 64
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 34# 39
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 29# 71
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 33# 34
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 45
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 40# 55
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 30# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 42
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 38
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 37
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 36# 37
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 31# 43
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 32# 34
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 44# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 34
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 28# 27
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 34# 33
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 35# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 33
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 35# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 38# 36
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 39# 36
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 39# 35
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 29
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 41# 36
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 36
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 42# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 45# 34
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 48# 35
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 48# 45
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 51# 33
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 51# 30
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 53# 40
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 54# 41
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 56# 50
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 60# 51
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 74# 30
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 77# 38
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 85# 62
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats503539
   
Runs6790
   
Hits143166
   
Singles101129
   
Doubles2825
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs1210
   
RBI6738
   
Stolen Bases230
   
Caught Stealing07
   
Walks10871
   
Strikeouts10194
   
Batting Average.284.308
   
On Base Pct.417.395
   
Slugging Pct.420.417
   
On-base Plus Slugging.837.813
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats522552
   
Runs8588
   
Hits152162
   
Singles99119
   
Doubles3027
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs2213
   
RBI8354
   
Stolen Bases424
   
Caught Stealing15
   
Walks10861
   
Strikeouts10199
   
Batting Average.292.293
   
On Base Pct.413.363
   
Slugging Pct.482.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.895.785
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
News 
 Joey Votto (back) is in Friday’s lineup versus the Rangers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts on Wednesday against the Astros.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 13th
 Joey Votto was removed from Wednesday's game versus the Indians with mid-back stiffness.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
Lorenzo Cain left Wednesday’s game versus the Marlins with a jammed right thumb.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 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
Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI in the Brewers' 11-5 win over the Pirates on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, May 30th
 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
Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Brewers' 6-4 loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, May 25th
 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
Lorenzo Cain is absent from Thursday's lineup versus the Phillies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 16th
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
Cain didn't experience the power growth that many were expecting when he moved from Kansas City to Milwaukee, and his fantasy value was somewhat lessened by an absurdly low RBI count (38). But he did hit north of .300 for the fourth time in five seasons and collected a career-high 30 stolen bases. It's probably time to accept that he is not going to be a 20 HR guy, but he doesn't need to be one to be a top-50 hitter in standard 5x5 leagues. And he could be even better than that if everything clicks and he goes .300-15-30 with over 100 runs scored.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Cain joined Mookie Betts and Whit Merrifield as the only players to hit .300 with 10 homers and 30 steals last season. He set career highs in walk and hard-hit rates atop Milwaukee's lineup, leading to 90 runs scores in 141 games. Yet a troubling injury past and ageism is keeping the veteran outfielder outside the top-five rounds. Having hit at least .300 with 10 homers and 25 steals in three of the last four seasons, he's a relatively safe bargain to target for a speed foundation.
Andrew Gould - 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
In the past five years, Cain is one of only 15 players averaging a .300 batting average, and among them, he is 2nd behind only Jose Altuve with 126 steals. There isn't much in the way of power, but you can bank on him contributing in all five categories with plenty of durablity.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros