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Who Should I Draft?

Manny Machado or Trevor Bauer (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 19
Best Rank# 12# 13
Worst Rank# 37# 65
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 20# 14
Best Rank# 16# 13
Worst Rank# 21# 14
   
Projections 
   
Runs92
Home Runs3526
RBI105
Stolen Bases10
Batting Avg.278
Strikeouts113232
Wins15
Saves0
ERA3.45
WHIP1.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-RST
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 20
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 16# 20
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 15# 32
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 17# 24
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 17# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 15# 39
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 17# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 13# 14
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 17# 25
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 20# 21
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 15# 25
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 17# 18
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 17# 20
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 17# 20
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 25
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 17# 19
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 25# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 16# 18
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 20# 41
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 16# 22
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 17# 30
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 26
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 29
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 18# 21
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 28# 29
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 16# 18
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 12# 14
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 16# 18
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 18# 19
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 17# 22
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 16# 19
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 17# 20
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 16# 65
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 17# 13
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 17# 16
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 17# 14
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 18# 17
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 14
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 18# 17
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 19# 15
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 19# 13
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 13
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 20# 16
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 21# 14
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 21# 18
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 17
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 18
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 22# 19
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 22# 17
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 24# 19
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 25# 17
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 25# 23
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 26# 20
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 35# 14
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 37# 30
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs44
   
Home Runs169
   
RBI47
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.304
   
Strikeouts37100
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA1.73
   
WHIP0.79
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs92
   
Home Runs3526
   
RBI105
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Batting Avg.278
   
Strikeouts113232
   
Wins15
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.45
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
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
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s leave has been extended to September 3.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 27th
 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
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s leave will be extended to August 13.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 5th
 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
Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended through Aug. 6, according to multiple reports. Bauer's hearing last week on an ex-parte temporary restraining order was postponed to Aug 2, 3, and 19. The investigation into him and the alleged sexual assault, both by Pasadena PD and by MLB, remains active, according to The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Jul 27th
 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
Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended by nearly two weeks to July 27, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Jul 14th
 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
Major League Baseball extended Dodgers RHP Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave by an additional seven days.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 8th
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
Over the past few seasons the time to invest in Bauer has been when his ADP has dipped, and not when he's coming off a career-year. However, the spin rate on his fastball increased so much in 2020 that I feel a lot better about projecting him moving forward. It's fair to assume he was using sticky stuff, but so is everyone else. There's little reason to think he'll stop using it, which is why he easily checks in as my SP4. Additionally, the Dodgers are letting Bauer be himself this spring. He's controversial for a lot of reasons, but ultimately profiles as a true fantasy ace.
Brendan Tuma - 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
Bauer capped off a Cy Young season by signing a massive deal with the Dodgers. There's no other way to describe Bauer's 2020 season other than utterly dominant. A 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, and a 36% strikeout rate. Notably, the spin rate on almost all of his pitched jumped dramatically, and every single one of them was more effective than we'd previously seen. Bauer had an outstanding season in 2018 and followed it up with a sub-par 2019, so we shouldn't take for granted that he'll be the best pitcher in baseball for the second season in a row. But on the best team in baseball with a near bulletproof 2020 resume, he should be drafted as a top-five starter and a second-round pick.
Dan Harris - 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