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Who Should I Draft?

Jose Altuve or George Springer (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
George Springer
CF,RF - HOU
George Springer
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
30 of 45 experts
33%
Recommended by
15 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 25
Best Rank# 10# 18
Worst Rank# 76# 68
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 41
Best Rank# 27# 28
Worst Rank# 33# 47
   
Projections 
   
Runs3540
Home Runs913
RBI2933
Stolen Bases52
Batting Average.305.282
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 26
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 31
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 46# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 29
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 39
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 23# 25
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 23# 29
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 23
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 22# 28
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 26
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 25# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 25
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 16# 25
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 10# 34
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 23# 29
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 28# 29
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 23# 26
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 27# 30
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 24
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 18# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 31# 35
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 26# 39
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 27
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 36
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 18# 30
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 16# 24
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 22# 24
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 22# 30
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 21# 20
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 25# 21
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 18
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 25# 19
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 25# 18
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 26# 24
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 26# 23
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 26
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 33# 26
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 33# 18
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 33# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 35# 29
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 37# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 76# 28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
George Springer
CF,RF - HOU
George Springer
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats500479
   
Runs8996
   
Hits149139
   
Singles8877
   
Doubles2720
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs3139
   
RBI7496
   
Stolen Bases66
   
Caught Stealing52
   
Walks4167
   
Strikeouts82113
   
Batting Average.298.290
   
On Base Pct.353.381
   
Slugging Pct.550.589
   
On-base Plus Slugging.903.970
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
George Springer
CF,RF - HOU
George Springer
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats206199
   
Runs3540
   
Hits6356
   
Singles4133
   
Doubles1210
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs913
   
RBI2933
   
Stolen Bases52
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks1926
   
Strikeouts3347
   
Batting Average.305.282
   
On Base Pct.364.366
   
Slugging Pct.502.524
   
On-base Plus Slugging.866.890
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
George Springer
CF,RF - HOU
George Springer
News 
 The Astros cancelled Monday's workout due to not receiving test results from Friday. They were also not tested over the holiday weekend.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Jul 6th
Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle writes the Astros have "made it clear" to George Springer's representatives that the franchise wants to sign him to a long-term deal.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 9th
 Jose Altuve went 0-for-3 in Monday's 2-1 Grapefruit League win over the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
George Springer went 2-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in the Astros' split squad game versus the Braves on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
 Jose Altuve (illness) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 4th
George Springer went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 3rd
 Jose Altuve will not play in Tuesday’s game, he has the same illness that has been going around the Astros clubhouse and should be back soon.
Aaron Hudson
Tue, Mar 3rd
 
 Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Astros have come to terms on a two-year contract with manager Dusty Baker.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jan 29th
 
Notes 
 Jose Altuve has lived in the early rounds of fantasy drafts for the past five years. But now, after the cheating scandal and slight decline, Altuve is dropping to the third round. If you haven't noticed yet, second base is a weak position, so it's a good spot to grab Altuve. He's still on the right side of 30, but just temper the expectations for the stolen base numbers to return to vintage Altuve-type numbers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
It's weird that George Springer is already 30 years old, no? It seems like just yesterday that he made his debut. We know that players start to decline on the wrong side of 30, and when you look at Springer, he hasn't exactly been the model of health over the past few years, playing in more than 140 games just once in his career. Add to that the cheating scandal, and we really don't know how much of an impact it will have on Springer. There are enough signs here to pivot in another direction.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Altuve hit a career-high 31 homers last year but still only finished as the #10 fantasy second basemen because the steals have disappeared and his batting average has continued to drop. With that said, he has been so consistent for long enough that he may still be the top second basemen for 2020.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
If not for the 40 games missed, we might be talking about Springer as the reigning AL MVP. He was on pace for over 50 homers, 125 RBIs and 125 runs. There isn't much speed but the upside for the other four categories makes him an amazing value in the fourth round of drafts.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 There is a TON of upside potential for Altuve as much as 15 picks higher than where I am ranking him, but as I do my rankings I keep seeing players I would rather have and more and more doubts that Altuve will get back to stealing 20+ bases. Without those steals, the plus BA isn't enough to make me bite over the alternatives.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Was off Springer at ADP last season, and that was wrong. However, I am diving right back into it this season, and will likely own zero shares. He has been a decent fantasy player being drafted at ceiling since he joined the league, and 2019 was the first season that it actually worked out. With the potential dejuicing of the ball and the cheating scandal, on top of his career averages, he is a hard pass for me.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Scary drop in SBs and SB success rate. Average dropped under .300 for the first time since 2013. Exit Velocity and Hard hit % were below average so a significant drop in HRs can be assumed. Avoiding at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy