Who Should I Draft?

Paul Goldschmidt or Javier Baez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
37 of 59 experts
37%
Recommended by
22 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 16# 18
Best Rank# 10# 6
Worst Rank# 31# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 19# 18
Best Rank# 14# 16
Worst Rank# 23# 23
   
Projections 
   
Runs9787
Home Runs3030
RBI9496
Stolen Bases1117
Batting Average.284.276
   
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Injury Alert-DTD
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 14# 16
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 16
   
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USA Today
# 13# 18
   
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# 10# 16
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 16# 19
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 18# 19
   
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The Athletic
# 15# 18
   
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CBS Sports
# 13# 20
   
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CBS Sports
# 15# 24
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 20# 21
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 17# 22
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 13# 19
   
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# 12# 29
   
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Pitcher List
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# 15# 18
   
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RotoBaller
# 15# 21
   
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# 17# 22
   
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# 14# 21
   
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# 13# 22
   
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Freeze Stats
# 17# 20
   
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# 16# 18
   
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# 16# 23
   
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# 18# 22
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 11# 18
   
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# 13# 19
   
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# 17# 18
   
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Fake Teams
# 17# 29
   
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# 14# 18
   
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# 12# 19
   
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# 14# 15
   
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# 12# 11
   
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# 13# 7
   
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# 15# 13
   
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# 15# 11
   
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# 16# 6
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 16# 15
   
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The Athletic
# 16# 14
   
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# 16# 9
   
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The Athletic
# 17# 9
   
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The Athletic
# 17# 15
   
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# 18# 16
   
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# 18# 13
   
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# 19# 6
   
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# 19# 11
   
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The Athletic
# 19# 15
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 20# 14
   
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# 22# 15
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 23# 15
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 23# 22
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 23# 17
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 24# 13
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 31# 10
   
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats593606
   
Runs95101
   
Hits172176
   
Singles9993
   
Doubles3540
   
Triples59
   
Home Runs3334
   
RBI83111
   
Stolen Bases721
   
Caught Stealing49
   
Walks9029
   
Strikeouts173167
   
Batting Average.290.290
   
On Base Pct.389.326
   
Slugging Pct.533.555
   
On-base Plus Slugging.922.881
   
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats563582
   
Runs9787
   
Hits160161
   
Singles9693
   
Doubles3133
   
Triples35
   
Home Runs3030
   
RBI9496
   
Stolen Bases1117
   
Caught Stealing46
   
Walks9033
   
Strikeouts153159
   
Batting Average.284.276
   
On Base Pct.383.315
   
Slugging Pct.509.507
   
On-base Plus Slugging.892.822
   
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
News 
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI in Friday's win over the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Javier Baez (thumb) remains available off the bench as a pinch-runner.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, and four RBI Wednesday against the Giants.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
An MRI revealed a hairline fracture on Javier Baez’s thumb Saturday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
 Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with an RBI groundout, a walk, and a double in Monday's win over the Giants.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
Javier Baez is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
 Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 25th
Javier Baez (thumb) is not in Friday's lineup against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Friday's win over the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 24th
Javier Baez was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Brewers due to soreness in his left thumb.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 5th
Notes 
 Goldschmidt was incredible over his last 100 games, posting a .334/.424/.608 line. You may think his stats will take a big hit moving out of Chase Field, but with the humidor in place, it was actually among the worst park for hitters last season. In St. Louis, he should continue his run of 30+ homers, 95+ runs and a .290+ batting average
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Goldschmidt recovered from a dreadful first two months to finish as the second-best first baseman in fantasy in 2018, providing his typical production aside from a drop in stolen bases. The steals may not fully return, and Goldy's gradually increasing strikeout rate suggests he may not continue to hit above .290, either, particularly as he moves to a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark in St. Louis. Still, he is a strong bet to approach 30-100-100 and should go in the first two or three rounds of most fantasy drafts.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Baez fits into a similar category of player as Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story: shortstops coming off of 30-20 seasons who have sky-high upside but also a bit of risk. The biggest risk for Baez is that his elevated strikeout rate leads to some regression in last season's .290 batting average. He also may not run quite as much after stealing just three bases in the second half last year. Still, Baez should be able to at least produce a .270-30-15 kind of season, which would be enough to keep him among the elite fantasy options at shortstop.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Whatever happened in May, Goldschmidt remedied it. After batting .144/.252/.278 in the worst month of the career, he then hit .330/.420/.602 with 26 of his 33 homers. He still batted .290-his lowest average since 2012-with 33 homers and a .390 wOBA. Now stationed behind bat walks machine Matt Carpenter in St. Louis, the durable veteran makes a sturdy second-round selection who could return first-round value by reviving gaudy stolen-base tallies of years' past.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Despite recording the second-worst swinging strike (18.2%) and outside-swing (45.5%) rates, Baez managed to hit .290. Among 17 hitters with a contact rate of 70.0% or lower in at least 300 plate appearances, Aaron Judge was the only one besides Baez to bat above .266. That's a better baseline for 2019. Given his middling 4.5 walk %, he might not reach base enough to steal another 21 bases. Don't pay full freight for an encore.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros