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Who Should I Draft?

Mark Melancon or Max Fried (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Mark Melancon
RP - ATL
Mark Melancon
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
41 of 43 experts
5%
Recommended by
2 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 83
Best Rank# 23# 46
Worst Rank# 107# 141
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 132# 213
Best Rank# 102# 181
Worst Rank# 139# 230
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6121
Wins41
Saves08
ERA3.963.89
WHIP1.331.36
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 81
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 64
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 71
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 59# 79
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 87
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 31# 127
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 53# 94
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 48# 85
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 84
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 95
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 50
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 67# 78
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 51# 81
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 76# 108
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 51# 101
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 49# 91
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 60# 77
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 43# 86
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 51# 88
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 60# 76
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 91
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 99
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 47# 92
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 56# 79
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 23# 85
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 54# 81
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 44# 94
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 98
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 34# 73
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 40# 96
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 51# 79
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 45# 97
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 58# 62
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 52# 141
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 67# 84
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 41# 114
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 51# 99
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 30# 80
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 53# 92
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 39# 78
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 77# 46
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 107# 60
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Mark Melancon
RP - ATL
Mark Melancon
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3366
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched166.167.1
   
Wins175
   
Losses62
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds05
   
Hits Allowed17571
   
Earned Runs7727
   
Home Runs Allowed214
   
Strikeouts17368
   
Walks4718
   
ERA4.183.61
   
WHIP1.341.32
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Mark Melancon
RP - ATL
Mark Melancon
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1122
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched60.422.1
   
Wins41
   
Losses31
   
Saves08
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed6023
   
Earned Runs2710
   
Home Runs Allowed72
   
Strikeouts6121
   
Walks217
   
ERA3.963.89
   
WHIP1.331.36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Mark Melancon
RP - ATL
Mark Melancon
News 
 Max Fried is scheduled to throw an intrasquad game on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 13th
Mark Melancon allowed two hits and recorded two strikeouts over two innings Tuesday against the Astros.
Steve Painter
Tue, Mar 10th
 Max Fried allowed two hits and five walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings against the Twins Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 11th
Mark Melancon struck out one over a solid inning against the Rays.
Steve Painter
Sat, Mar 7th
 Max Fried pitched 2 2/3 innings Saturday against the Rays, allowing three hits and two walks while recording one strikeout. His outing was cut short for pitch count reasons.
Steve Painter
Sat, Feb 29th
Mark Melancon put in a solid inning of work Wednesday against the Pirates, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 4th
 Max Fried toed the rubber for his first spring start and struggled, making it through only one-third of the first inning. He allowed three hits, three runs (all earned) while walking two and striking one batter out.
Steve Painter
Mon, Feb 24th
Mark Melancon put in an inning of work in Thursday's spring game against the Cardinals, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout.
Steve Painter
Thu, Feb 27th
Notes 
 Fried is a popular breakout pick, but will the limitation early on his innings be too much for him to be a top 35 pitcher?
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Read Smith, Will. Too many options in the Braves bullpen for Melancon to hold down the job for long.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Fried's 2019 was positive, but his 4.02 ERA and 1.33 WHIP left a lot to be desired. His 17 wins and solid strikeout rate masked some of the issues, but he certainly doesn't look like a pitcher ready to jump into the upper echelon. Still, Fried's FIP and xFIP were lower than his ERA, and his expected stats showed he had some bad luck. Put it all together and Fried's a decent option with upside, but not one who you should expect to lead your fantasy rotation in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Despite Melancon plainly not being the best reliever on his team, he'll likely enter the 2020 season as the Braves' closer. Melancon still has decent control, but the days of being a lockdown option are long gone. Draft him as a back-end closer, and understand that Will Smith will be looking over his shoulder all year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Fried likely has the highest fantasy ceiling of all Braves pitchers and certainly the most strikeout potential. You just have to be okay with the growing pains that come along with it.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy