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Who Should I Draft?

Manny Machado or Paul Goldschmidt (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Recommended by
28 of 45 experts
Recommended by
17 of 45 experts
ECR# 37# 38
Best Rank# 19# 21
Worst Rank# 82# 71
Composite# 58# 67
Best Rank# 40# 49
Worst Rank# 63# 80
Home Runs1212
Stolen Bases32
Batting Average.277.280
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 48
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 31# 34
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 35# 38
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 45
Fantasy Team Advice
# 33# 39
Andrew Gould
# 35# 39
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 49
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 36
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 55
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 42# 71
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 50# 56
Nick Mariano
# 35# 41
Bobby Sylvester
# 33# 38
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 41
Donkey Teeth
# 42# 47
Dan Harris
# 39# 45
Pierre Camus
# 35# 45
Andrew Seifter
# 27# 40
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 42
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 45
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 32# 58
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 42# 46
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 35
Carmen Maiorano
# 42# 43
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 26# 35
George Kurtz
# 35# 46
Nate Miller
# 39# 44
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 42# 61
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 39# 34
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 40# 36
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 40# 39
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 40# 38
Mario Mergola
# 40# 21
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 41# 33
Ariel Cohen
# 41# 35
Chris Mitchell
# 42# 41
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 42# 30
Bill Dubiel
# 43# 39
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 30
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 51# 34
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 35
Site Projections
# 56# 31
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 61# 33
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 65# 49
Chris Meaney
# 82# 53
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2019 Stats 
At Bats587597
Home Runs3234
Stolen Bases53
Caught Stealing31
Batting Average.256.260
On Base Pct.334.346
Slugging Pct.462.476
On-base Plus Slugging.796.821
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2020 Projections 
At Bats213203
Home Runs1212
Stolen Bases32
Caught Stealing11
Batting Average.277.280
On Base Pct.346.372
Slugging Pct.504.502
On-base Plus Slugging.850.874
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
 Manny Machado singled on Monday in the Padres' 14-2 drubbing at the hands of the Dodgers.
Steven Boysko - The Leadoff Batter
Tue, Mar 10th
Paul Goldschmidt told reporters that his elbow is 100 percent healthy now.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 4th
 Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Friday's 4-3 victory against Texas, dropping his spring average to .059.
Steven Boysko - The Leadoff Batter
Sat, Mar 7th
Paul Goldschmidt (elbow) continues to go to the Cardinals' spring training complex to receive treatment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 17th
 Manny Machado played in his first spring game on Monday versus the Royals and wasted no time collecting his first home run.
Jarod Rupp
Tue, Feb 25th
Paul Goldschmidt is dealing with right elbow soreness and will be out of the Grapefruit League lineup for at least "a couple of days," said St.Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.
Brad Camara
Wed, Mar 11th
  Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday's 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Astros.
Brad Camara
Tue, Mar 3rd
  Paul Goldschmidt has been dealing with a sore right elbow since just before spring workouts began. This has limited his ability to throw, but he says he's been feeling better lately.
Blaine Blontz
Fri, Feb 21st
 You can't bank on the steals from Manny Machado anymore, and it's too hard to consider him an elite fantasy player after his well-known struggles out of Camden Yards. But you aren't paying for elite production here - you're paying for a bounce-back candidate who can give you first- to second-round production. The pressure is on the Padres' front office to win, so Machado is going to be surrounded by an even better offense in his second year in San Diego. Machado's 2019 was split into three good months and three really bad months. Bet on the talent in these situations ... at least for one more year.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
What set Paul Goldschmidt apart from the other first basemen for years were his steals. Over the past four years, his stolen base totals have dropped from 32 to 18, to 7, to 3 last year. He had 34 home runs, which were nice, but he also had his lowest triple-slash line since his rookie year in 2011. He'll still give you production at a shallow position, but this isn't going to be a gradual decline with Goldschmidt.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Machado now has five consecutive seasons with 30+ homers, 80+ runs and 80+ RBIs. Yes, he struggled last year in batting average but this is a durable player with a great floor and Round 1 upside should he decide to steal 15 bags again like we've seen a few times.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Goldschmidt's batting average may have dipped thanks to a slow start but he finished with 30+ homers for the third consecutive season and very nearly went for 100 runs and 100 RBIs. More than likely, that batting average will end up north of .280 again too which would make him a steal at the end of the fifth round.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 One of my favorite picks at ADP this season (also one of my highest owned players). Has played the most games of all players over the last five years so there is zero injury concern. He is a lock for 30+ HRs, his average should revert back to near his career avg (.279), and should be able to let loose a bit more after pressing a bit his first season in SD. Sign me up.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
His production has been on a steady decline over the past three years as he has gotten older, and that is not something I plan on buying into in the 5th round.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
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Frank Stampfl - RotoExperts