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Who Should I Draft?

Starling Marte or Jose Altuve (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Starling Marte
Starling Marte
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Recommended by
31 of 46 experts
Recommended by
15 of 46 experts
ECR# 19# 22
Best Rank# 12# 10
Worst Rank# 54# 76
Composite# 28# 30
Best Rank# 27# 27
Worst Rank# 38# 33
Home Runs89
Stolen Bases95
Batting Average.285.305
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 24
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 26
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 46
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 13# 30
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 21
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 29
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 21# 37
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 23
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 19
Fantasy Team Advice
# 22# 25
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 23
Andrew Gould
# 17# 19
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 22
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 21
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 19# 22
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 19# 76
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 21# 23
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 18# 28
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 20# 23
Bill Dubiel
# 18# 27
Nick Mariano
# 14# 32
Dan Harris
# 17# 31
Pierre Camus
# 16# 25
Andrew Seifter
# 20# 26
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 24# 35
Ariel Cohen
# 20# 25
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 20# 26
Carmen Maiorano
# 15# 16
Nate Miller
# 19# 22
Chris Mitchell
# 12# 33
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 19# 33
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 17# 16
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 21# 20
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 21# 18
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 21
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 20
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 26# 25
Bobby Sylvester
# 26# 21
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 26# 25
Site Projections
# 27# 18
Chris Meaney
# 27# 25
Donkey Teeth
# 28# 26
George Kurtz
# 28# 22
Brendan Tuma
# 40# 23
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 50# 16
Mario Mergola
# 54# 10
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Starling Marte
Starling Marte
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2019 Stats 
At Bats539500
Home Runs2331
Stolen Bases256
Caught Stealing65
Batting Average.295.298
On Base Pct.343.353
Slugging Pct.503.550
On-base Plus Slugging.845.903
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Starling Marte
Starling Marte
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2020 Projections 
At Bats204206
Home Runs89
Stolen Bases95
Caught Stealing32
Batting Average.285.305
On Base Pct.322.364
Slugging Pct.481.503
On-base Plus Slugging.803.866
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Starling Marte
Starling Marte
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
 Starling Marte was back at Diamondbacks workouts on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 11th
The Astros cancelled Monday's workout due to not receiving test results from Friday. They were also not tested over the holiday weekend.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Jul 6th
 Torey Lovullo has not confirmed as to why Marte has been absent from camp.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Fri, Jul 10th
Jose Altuve went 0-for-3 in Monday's 2-1 Grapefruit League win over the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
 Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Mon, Jan 27th
Jose Altuve (illness) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 4th
  Jose Altuve will not play in Tuesday’s game, he has the same illness that has been going around the Astros clubhouse and should be back soon.
Aaron Hudson
Tue, Mar 3rd
  Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Astros have come to terms on a two-year contract with manager Dusty Baker.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jan 29th
 Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Every draft season, we as a collective fantasy community get excited about drafting Starling Marte on our teams. When the season is over, we end up feeling pretty meh about it. Rinse. Wash. Repeat. He's in a new ballpark with a better team, sure, but let's not forget that he's 31 years old, and with speed as his main value driver, we can expect that to start to decline rapidly, potentially this season. What's more, Marte has only had two seasons with more than 600 plate appearances in his career despite being a regular presence toward the top of the Pittsburgh lineup.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Jose Altuve has lived in the early rounds of fantasy drafts for the past five years. But now, after the cheating scandal and slight decline, Altuve is dropping to the third round. If you haven't noticed yet, second base is a weak position, so it's a good spot to grab Altuve. He's still on the right side of 30, but just temper the expectations for the stolen base numbers to return to vintage Altuve-type numbers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Marte set career-highs in home runs, runs scored, RBI, and slugging percentage in 2019, and now gets an upgrade in supporting cast and home park with the move to the Diamondbacks. The Pirates ranked 20th in 2019 in runs scored, while the Diamondbacks ranked 11th, and PNC Park was one of the worst parks for righty batters last season. Marte may not be able to grow his 2019 numbers at this point given his age, but his change in teams certainly doesn't hurt.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Altuve hit a career-high 31 homers last year but still only finished as the #10 fantasy second basemen because the steals have disappeared and his batting average has continued to drop. With that said, he has been so consistent for long enough that he may still be the top second basemen for 2020.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 By now, you should know that although Marte isn't one of the game's most well known stars, he is a solid bet to return 25 homers, 100 runs scored and 30 steals with a strong batting average if he can stay healthy fo the full season. He doesn't have much upside for the third round ADP, though.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
There is a TON of upside potential for Altuve as much as 15 picks higher than where I am ranking him, but as I do my rankings I keep seeing players I would rather have and more and more doubts that Altuve will get back to stealing 20+ bases. Without those steals, the plus BA isn't enough to make me bite over the alternatives.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 I am a huge 5-tool chasing type of guy and with a move to Arizona, I want shares of Marte to see if he can be a 30/30/.285 "Dude" in 2020. 20/20 feels like a lock, 25/25 is a reasonable hope while 30/30 is a reach worth dreaming on.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Scary drop in SBs and SB success rate. Average dropped under .300 for the first time since 2013. Exit Velocity and Hard hit % were below average so a significant drop in HRs can be assumed. Avoiding at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Set a career high in homers last season in what was likely the best overall season of his career. The HRs may get knocked down under 20 again if the ball changes, but should be a solid contributor everywhere. Not a big fan of reaching for him at all, because his ceiling is not like others in the early rounds. Safe pick.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Hit a career-high 31 homers in 2019 and finished the season on a tear. No longer a reliable source of steals
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros