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
70%
Recommended by
39 of 56 experts
30%
Recommended by
17 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 73# 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--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 57# 75
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 121
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 80# 139
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 67# 85
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 54# 63
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 67# 118
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 68# 73
   
Site Projections
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
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 40# 106
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 84# 120
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 78# 110
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 140# 143
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 70# 76
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 73# 79
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 73# 88
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 70# 84
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 65# 72
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 61# 67
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 68# 83
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 72# 79
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 64# 67
   
Nick Mariano
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
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 63
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 76# 93
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 74# 82
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 60# 77
   
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
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 76# 71
   
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
Going For 2
# 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 3-for-4 with a walk, three singles, and one run scored on Saturday against the Yankees.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, Jun 23rd
Aaron Hicks went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, a walk and two runs in the Yankees' 10-8 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 25th
 Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Wednesday against the Reds.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 20th
Aaron Hicks told reporters Friday that he's playing through some soreness in his right shoulder.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 21st
 Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with two singles, one double, and one run scored on Tuesday against the Reds.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 19th
Aaron Hicks went 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday as the Yankees lost to the White Sox by a 10-2 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
 Michael Brantley went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored on Friday against Toronto.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 15th
Aaron Hicks went 1-for-5 with a go-ahead RBI double in the 10th inning of Sunday's win over the Indians.
John Aubin
Mon, Jun 10th
 Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, one RBI, and two runs scored on Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 12th
Hicks was given the night off against the Toronto Blue Jays, with Brett Gardner patrolling center field in his place.
James Bisson
Wed, Jun 5th
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