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Who Should I Draft?

Manny Machado or Bo Bichette (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
42 of 51 experts
18%
Recommended by
9 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 14# 15
Best Rank# 11# 12
Worst Rank# 25# 43
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 20# 24
Best Rank# 16# 22
Worst Rank# 21# 31
   
Projections 
   
Runs9288
Home Runs3523
RBI10584
Stolen Bases1021
Batting Average.278.287
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 17
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 16
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 14# 17
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 30
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 15
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 12# 15
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 17# 43
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 13
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 13# 16
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 14# 16
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 11# 17
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 14# 16
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 13# 14
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 12# 19
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 14
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 14# 17
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 14# 16
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 14# 16
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 14# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 13# 17
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 14# 17
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 13# 15
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 14# 15
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 16# 17
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 13# 14
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 14# 15
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 15# 18
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 13# 20
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 14# 16
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 15# 16
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 16# 18
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 13# 15
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 17
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 14# 15
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 22# 23
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 13# 15
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 13# 26
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 11# 36
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 13# 15
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 14# 15
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 14# 28
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 13# 15
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 13# 12
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 15# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 15# 12
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 16# 14
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 17# 16
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 17# 15
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 21# 19
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 21# 15
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 25# 16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats224123
   
Runs4418
   
Hits6837
   
Singles3922
   
Doubles129
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs165
   
RBI4723
   
Stolen Bases64
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks265
   
Strikeouts3727
   
Batting Average.304.301
   
On Base Pct.370.328
   
Slugging Pct.580.512
   
On-base Plus Slugging.950.840
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats587565
   
Runs9288
   
Hits162160
   
Singles9694
   
Doubles2939
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs3523
   
RBI10584
   
Stolen Bases1021
   
Caught Stealing47
   
Walks6541
   
Strikeouts113124
   
Batting Average.278.287
   
On Base Pct.350.335
   
Slugging Pct.510.496
   
On-base Plus Slugging.860.831
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
News 
 Manny Machado went 2-for-4 on Wednesday, highlighted by his two-run homer in the third inning. He also singled, drew a walk, and scored a second time later in the game.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 30th
Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 30th
 Manny Machado went 2-for-5 in the game, hitting two singles, scoring once and driving in a run in the process. He also struck out once.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 23rd
Bo Bichette went 2-for-4 with an RBI, scored a run, and stole a base on Tuesday in the 7-2 loss to the Yankees.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 29th
 Manny Machado went 3-for-5 on Tuesday, hitting two solo home runs and a single.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 22nd
Bo Bichette went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Manny Machado went 3-for-4 on Saturday, hitting two singles and a double, scoring twice and driving in a run in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with three singles, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Twins.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 19th
 Manny Machado was 2-for-4 on the day, hitting a double and a homer, driving in two runs and scoring once.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 5th
Bo Bichette went 2-for-3 with a home run and drove in five runs Wednesday as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays by a 6-3 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 16th
Notes 
 Machado was on pace to set career highs in most statistical categories other than steals after last year's 60-game season. He set career bests in strikeout and walk rates and, most importantly to fantasy managers, batting average, where he checked in at .304. Machado's batting average was earned (he had an identica .304 xBA), and came on the back of him cutting his ground ball rate to a career low 37.2% and his line drive rate to a career high 22%. Machado is still just entering his age-29 season, and will continue to bat in a loaded lineup. Expect some regression from his batting average, but all his other stellar numbers should remain on par, meaning it will be another outstanding season that is worth a second-round pick.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Bichette missed about half the season with a knee injury last year, but was productive when he was on the field, batting .301 with an .840 OPS. His 162-game pace was 28 home runs, 100 runs, 128 RBI, and 22 steals, so he was well on his way to earning his lofty draft price. If there was a wart to Bichette's season it was that his walk rate dropped to just 3.9%, one of the worst in the league. But, given that he had just 128 plate appearances, that's likely just the product of a small sample size, since he never walked at less than a 6.6% clip in his career. Batting in a stacked lineup, Bichette should once again put up strong five-category numbers, and should be one of the first shortstops drafted in fantasy leagues again in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Being picked at his ceiling, which is always a no-no for me. Was all over him last season with his depressed ADP, now it is too high, and I will have very little shares.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Bo Bichette slashed .301/.328/.512 with five home runs and four stolen bases across 128 plate appearances in 2020. The 22-year-old has successfully swiped eight bases in just 13 attempts in his MLB career, but has yet to flash the speed he displayed in the minors. He has a ton of upside and should once again produce in a loaded Blue Jays lineup. Bichette has plenty of room for growth and is considered a top-10 middle-infield option in 2021.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros
 Machado rode a career-year all the way to a third place finish in the National League MVP voting last summer. He proved to be a massive bargain in fantasy drafts following a disappointing 2019 campaign. Perhaps we never should've overreacted to his first year in San Diego, as Machado remains a tremendous talent. The issue with drafting him in 2021 is that we're paying a premium now. He'll need to produce at a similar rate as last year to pay off his aggressive ADP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Frankly, I've been shocked to see how high Bichette is going in fantasy drafts so far this offseason. We're spending second-round picks on a player with just 75 big league games to his name? Of course, his 162-game pace equates to 35 homers and 17 stolen bases, and Toronto's lineup only got better this winter. There are a lot of reasons to be bullish on Bichette these days, but I can't pass on established studs like Xander Bogaerts and Nolan Arenado for him. Perhaps Bichette's aggressive ADP is due to the need for stolen bases. In that case, it's worth pointing out that the youngster is just 8-for-13 in theft attempts to begin his career.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros