Who Should I Draft?

Michael Brantley or Aaron Hicks (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
43 of 59 experts
27%
Recommended by
16 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 71# 80
Best Rank# 36# 39
Worst Rank# 140# 143
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 107# 132
Best Rank# 97# 122
Worst Rank# 128# 154
   
Projections 
   
Runs7581
Home Runs1523
RBI7473
Stolen Bases1110
Batting Average.294.253
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 57# 75
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 121
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 80# 139
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 67# 85
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 54# 63
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 67# 118
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 68# 73
   
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RotoChamp
# 36# 137
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 82# 97
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 70# 82
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 46# 57
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 89# 96
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 67# 68
   
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CBS Sports
# 40# 106
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 84# 120
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 78# 110
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 140# 143
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 70# 76
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 73# 79
   
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FantasyPros
# 73# 88
   
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Razzball
# 70# 84
   
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The Athletic
# 65# 72
   
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The Athletic
# 61# 67
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 68# 83
   
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Fake Teams
# 72# 79
   
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RotoBaller
# 64# 67
   
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RotoBaller
# 54# 69
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 71# 93
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 75# 78
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 66# 77
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 58# 94
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 91# 92
   
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RotoBaller
# 55# 63
   
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FantasyPros
# 76# 93
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 74# 82
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 71# 72
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 61# 67
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 60# 77
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 70# 76
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 79# 80
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 62# 78
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 77# 87
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 67# 97
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 58# 39
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 70# 62
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 74# 57
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 74# 64
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 75# 72
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 76# 75
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 78# 74
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 81# 68
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 81# 53
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 85# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 85# 70
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 92# 53
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 104# 58
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 110# 92
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 121# 103
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 123# 90
   
  Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats570480
   
Runs8990
   
Hits176119
   
Singles12171
   
Doubles3618
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs1727
   
RBI7679
   
Stolen Bases1211
   
Caught Stealing32
   
Walks4890
   
Strikeouts60111
   
Batting Average.309.248
   
On Base Pct.364.366
   
Slugging Pct.468.467
   
On-base Plus Slugging.833.833
   
  Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats520475
   
Runs7581
   
Hits153120
   
Singles10574
   
Doubles3021
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs1523
   
RBI7473
   
Stolen Bases1110
   
Caught Stealing34
   
Walks4675
   
Strikeouts62106
   
Batting Average.294.253
   
On Base Pct.352.355
   
Slugging Pct.449.455
   
On-base Plus Slugging.801.810
   
  Michael Brantley
LF,DH - HOU
Michael Brantley
Aaron Hicks
CF - NYY
Aaron Hicks
News 
 Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Angels.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 28th
Aaron Hicks (elbow) met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who recommended Hicks rest for a few more weeks before being re-evaluated.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
 Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's 13-5 win over the Angels.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 22nd
Aaron Hicks has been shut down from a throwing program after "not feeling quite right", per Aaron Boone.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Sep 7th
 Michael Brantley went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
Aaron Hicks has been cleared to begin a throwing program.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Aug 31st
 Michael Brantley went 1-for-2 in Tuesday's 21-7 loss to the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
Aaron Hicks (elbow) won't be cleared to throw for at least another two weeks, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 13th
 Michael Brantley went 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's 11-9 win over the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day IL with a right flexor strain prior to Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. In a corresponding move, starting pitcher J.A. Happ was reinstated from the paternity list.
Mike Maher
Sun, Aug 4th
Notes 
 Batting average tends to be an underrated ability in fantasy baseball, and that is an area in which Brantley excels. But durability is also an underrated commodity, and that has been Brantley downfall for big chunks of his career. If Brantley can just manage to stay healthy, he should be able to contribute enough balanced production across all five roto categories to be a valuable third outfielder in mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
For a guy who just tallied 27 homers and 11 steals in 137 games, Hicks isn't getting much love. He also scored 90 runs thanks to sporting a 15.5% walk rate in a stacked Yankees lineup. Even without adding in the stats gleaned by his lineup replacement, the outfielder still performed well enough to demand top-100 consideration. A rise in contact (78.0%) and hard-hit rate (39.5%) should lead to a higher average and sustained power, and his cost more than bakes in the substantial injury risk. He's an especially wise choice in shallower three-outfielder mixed leagues, where it's easier to fill in the gaps when he misses some time. That will happen early, as a back injury will keep him out to start 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Just as everyone gave up on the oft-injured Brantley, he returned from a significant ankle injury to bat .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 12 steals in 631 plate appearances. No qualified hitter made more contact (90.9%) than the 31-year-old outfielder, whose 9.5% strikeout rate finished second after Andrelton Simmons. His skill set is likely to get undervalued by drafters seeking flashier power or speed, and he could easily score 100+ runs in the Astros slot him atop their lineup. Health is the only concern.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Hicks topped 500 plate appearances for the first time in his career in 2018, and rewarded the Yankees and fantasy owners with 27 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and 90 runs scored. Hicks' high walk rate makes him particularly valuable in OBP and points leagues, but he proved last year that he can be a solid second or third outfielder in standard 5x5 leagues if he can just stay healthy.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros