Who Should I Draft?

Manny Machado or Freddie Freeman (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
45 of 59 experts
24%
Recommended by
14 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 17
Best Rank# 7# 7
Worst Rank# 160# 25
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 17# 23
Best Rank# 13# 16
Worst Rank# 21# 25
   
Projections 
   
Runs8893
Home Runs3227
RBI9595
Stolen Bases108
Batting Average.284.302
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 14# 16
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 13# 17
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 9# 17
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 9# 15
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 21# 24
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 15# 17
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 10# 16
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 11# 23
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 12# 17
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 11# 18
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 15# 21
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 10# 22
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 13# 17
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 13# 16
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 11# 14
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 14# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 13# 17
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 22# 23
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 14# 17
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 11# 14
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 14# 17
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 14# 20
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 9# 19
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 10# 18
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 13# 16
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 12# 17
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 7# 17
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 14# 16
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 14# 16
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 14# 18
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 15
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 9# 18
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 10# 15
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 10# 19
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 10# 11
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 7# 25
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 15
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 8# 17
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 13# 16
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 15# 17
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 16# 17
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 14# 24
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 7# 17
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 16
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 11# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 14# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 14# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 15# 11
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 16# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 14
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 14
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 13
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 22# 17
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 14
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 25# 13
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 31# 15
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 160# 9
   
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632618
   
Runs8494
   
Hits188191
   
Singles113120
   
Doubles3544
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs3723
   
RBI10798
   
Stolen Bases1410
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks7076
   
Strikeouts104132
   
Batting Average.298.309
   
On Base Pct.367.388
   
Slugging Pct.538.505
   
On-base Plus Slugging.905.892
   
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats595568
   
Runs8893
   
Hits169171
   
Singles101101
   
Doubles3239
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs3227
   
RBI9595
   
Stolen Bases108
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks6077
   
Strikeouts104126
   
Batting Average.284.302
   
On Base Pct.349.385
   
Slugging Pct.510.525
   
On-base Plus Slugging.859.910
   
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
News 
 Manny Machado hit his 30th homer of the year in the Padres' 11-10 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 15th
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in Thursday's win over the Phillies.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 20th
 Manny Machado went 0-for-5 with a strikeout as the Padres beat the Cubs 9-8 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
Freddie Freeman (elbow) is starting at first base and batting third against the Nationals.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
 Manny Machado went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Padres' 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 5th
Freddie Freeman was removed from Friday's game against the Nationals due to right elbow soreness.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
 Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, and two runs scored in the Padres' 8-3 loss to the Giants on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in Monday's win over the Phillies.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
 Manny Machado went 1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base in the Padres' 9-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 28th
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's win over the Nationals.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
Notes 
 Regardless of what you think about Machado, he has been a reliable force of nature the last few years and likely hasn't even come into his prime yet. The landing spot in San Diego isn't quite what you would think, as it has actually been a top half of the league ballpark for right-handed hitters since they moved their fences in. So don't hesitate to snag him at the end of the first round, as he seems destined for another 35+ homer, 90+ RBI, 90+ run season
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
First basemen isn't as deep as it once was so commodities like Freeman are well worth investing in toward the middle of the third round. He is a lock for 90 runs, 90 RBIs and a .300 batting average each year and that type of player doesn't grow on trees
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Machado has four straight seasons with at least 33 home runs, and has finished as a top-20 hitter in standard 5x5 leagues in three of the last four years (he finished a still solid 42nd in 2017). The move to San Diego isn't ideal for his fantasy value, but Petco Park isn't nearly as much of a problem for hitters as it once was, particularly when it comes to right-handed power hitters like Machado. Padres manager Andy Green also sends runners much more frequently than the Orioles or Dodgers do, which could help Machado's stolen base totals.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Freeman bounced back from an injury-shortened 2017 season to finish as the number one fantasy first baseman in 2018, despite a precipitous drop in his power output. Freeman may struggle to return to the 30-HR plateau if he continues to hit as few fly balls as he did last year, but he's now produced a .300 batting average in three straight seasons, is good for 5-10 steals, and should continue to see healthy run and RBI totals as the Braves' lineup comes into its own. Consider him a decent bet to again finish as the number one 1B in fantasy.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Along with setting personal highs in each element of his .297/.367/.538 slash line, Machado bashed 37 homers and stole 14 bases, a significant development since he stole none in 2016. He has hit 33 homers in at least 690 plate appearances in each of the last four seasons, so he'd probably be considered a first-round lock if not for remaining unsigned. Now that he established 2017's funk as the clear outlier, Machado is a trustworthy stud eligible for shortstop and third (16 games) in most formats. Signing the Padres doesn't kill his worth, but he's someone to target near the Round ½ turn rather than inside the top 10.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Replacing Joey Votto as the line-drive king, Freeman has batted above .300 with a slugging percentage over .500 in each of the last three seasons. He played all 162 games and even poached a career-high 10 bases in 2018. He'd be fantasy's undisputed top first baseman if not for a late power outage limiting him to 23 homers. Now he's simply competing with Paul Goldschmidt for top billing as second-round mainstays. Now that he has slowly repealed the injury-prone label, Freeman is a relatively safe pick with MVP upside.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros