Who Should I Draft?

Nolan Arenado or Christian Yelich (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Christian Yelich
LF,CF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Expert
Recommendation
85%
Recommended by
50 of 59 experts
15%
Recommended by
9 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 7
Best Rank# 3# 3
Worst Rank# 10# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 6# 7
Best Rank# 3# 6
Worst Rank# 7# 9
   
Projections 
   
Runs100103
Home Runs3828
RBI11394
Stolen Bases317
Batting Average.292.303
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-DTD
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 3# 7
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 4
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 3# 5
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 3# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 11
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 8# 14
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 6
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 5# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 3# 18
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 5# 11
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 4# 9
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 5# 14
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 8
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 6# 23
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 5# 6
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 9
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 4# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 4# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 6# 12
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 12
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 6
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 13
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 3# 10
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 6
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 6# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 6
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 5# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 9# 13
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 3# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 8
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 4# 7
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 3# 10
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 5# 7
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 4
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 10# 12
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 6
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 5# 15
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 3
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 5
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 4
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 6
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 8# 3
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 8# 7
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 8# 3
   
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Christian Yelich
LF,CF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats590574
   
Runs104118
   
Hits175187
   
Singles97110
   
Doubles3834
   
Triples27
   
Home Runs3836
   
RBI110110
   
Stolen Bases222
   
Caught Stealing24
   
Walks7368
   
Strikeouts122135
   
Batting Average.297.326
   
On Base Pct.374.403
   
Slugging Pct.561.598
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9351.000
   
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Christian Yelich
LF,CF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats587575
   
Runs100103
   
Hits172174
   
Singles91107
   
Doubles3835
   
Triples44
   
Home Runs3828
   
RBI11394
   
Stolen Bases317
   
Caught Stealing24
   
Walks6672
   
Strikeouts113133
   
Batting Average.292.303
   
On Base Pct.363.380
   
Slugging Pct.561.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.924.904
   
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Christian Yelich
LF,CF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
News 
 Nolan Arenado hit his 41st homer of the year in the Rockies' 12-5 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 21st
Christian Yelich will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his right kneecap in Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Dan Harris
Tue, Sep 10th
 Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, a walk, and two RBI as the Rockies fell to the Cardinals 10-3 on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 13th
Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich left Tuesday night’s game at against the Marlins after fouling a ball off his right knee during his first at-bat. He stayed down on the ground for several minutes before eventually being able to walk off under his own power.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
 Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
 Nolan Arenado hit his 37th homer of the year as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers 5-3 on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 4th
Christian Yelich went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Astros.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 3rd
 Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with two singles as the Rockies fell to the Pirates 9-4 on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
Christian Yelich went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Notes 
 Drafters know what they're getting in Arenado, who has batted no lower than .287 with at least 37 homers and 110 RBI in the last four years. He has played all but 16 games in those four seasons, making him a durable beacon of consistency worthy of a first-round selection. He signed an extension during the offseason, so investors no longer need to worry about a midseason trade removing him from Coors Field. A lack of steals is an unfortunate, but acceptable tradeoff for locking in bankable production at every other category.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
There is no denying that Yelich was a first round value in 2018 and perhaps even the #1 fantasy asset thanks to a .326 average with 36 homers, 22 steals and 110+ runs and RBIs. These numbers blew away his career marks, however, so projection models all have him regressing to a high-end second round value this year
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Arenado might not feel like the sexiest pick at this stage because he isn't the hot new name, nor is he a five-category star, but there is nothing wrong with boring old reliability. He has averaged 40 homers, 125 RBIs and 100 runs while batting .297 over the last four seasons. Don't let him slip past this 5th pick in your drafts.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
After several quietly productive seasons in Miami, Yelich was the biggest breakout star in MLB during his first season in Milwaukee, finishing tied with J.D. Martinez as the most valuable player overall in standard 5x5 roto/categories leagues. Yelich showed skills progression with a top-10 hard contact rate, was more aggressive on the base paths, and benefited from a major ballpark and lineup upgrade. His numbers were also driven by an unsustainable 35.0 percent HR/FB rate and a .373 BABIP that was a tad high even for a guy who generally excels in that metric. It's therefore prudent to expect Yelich to give back some homers and batting average, and he probably won't swipe quite as many bags either. But even if he goes .300-28-18 instead of .326-36-22, he can still be a top-five outfielder, especially when you consider the plus run production numbers he's sure to accrue in Milwaukee.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 When it comes to elite production that you can bank on year in and year out, look no further than Arenado. Some people will quibble that his lack of steals makes him a four-category player, but that hasn't stopped Arenado from producing four straight seasons as a top-10 overall hitter in standard 5x5 leagues. The only other knock on Arenado is that he is much better in the thin air of Coors Field, but fresh off a record-breaking contract extension, fantasy owners no longer need to worry about the possibility of a mid-season trade out of Colorado. You can write it down in marker that he will provide around 40 home runs, 100 runs, 110 RBIs, and a batting average in the .290 range, making Arenado a nice bargain at his average draft position (ADP) of 6.8.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Anyone sick of hearing about launch angle will relish Yelich's MVP campaign. Sure, the career .297/.375/.463 hitter has proven capable of hitting for a high average with above-average power despite his lofty ground-ball rates. But 35% of his fly balls cleared the fences for his 36 home runs. No other qualified hitter posted a HR/FB% above 30. He's more likely to hit 25-30 homers, which is still great if he can swipe around 20 more bags for the Brewers. There's enough five-category goodness to keep him in the first round, but also enough regression concern to push him toward the latter half of it.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros