Who Should I Draft?

Willson Contreras or Yadier Molina (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Willson Contreras
C - CHC
Willson Contreras
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
40 of 59 experts
32%
Recommended by
19 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 94# 109
Best Rank# 56# 41
Worst Rank# 184# 194
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 122# 134
Best Rank# 98# 121
Worst Rank# 128# 169
   
Projections 
   
Runs5654
Home Runs1515
RBI6365
Stolen Bases45
Batting Average.260.270
   
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  Willson Contreras
C - CHC
Willson Contreras
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats474459
   
Runs5055
   
Hits118120
   
Singles7680
   
Doubles2720
   
Triples50
   
Home Runs1020
   
RBI5474
   
Stolen Bases44
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks5329
   
Strikeouts12166
   
Batting Average.249.261
   
On Base Pct.340.314
   
Slugging Pct.390.436
   
On-base Plus Slugging.730.750
   
  Willson Contreras
C - CHC
Willson Contreras
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats445461
   
Runs5654
   
Hits115124
   
Singles7486
   
Doubles2423
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1515
   
RBI6365
   
Stolen Bases45
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks4929
   
Strikeouts11067
   
Batting Average.260.270
   
On Base Pct.333.313
   
Slugging Pct.429.423
   
On-base Plus Slugging.762.736
   
  Willson Contreras
C - CHC
Willson Contreras
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
News 
 Willson Contreras went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 19th
Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Friday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
 Willson Contreras went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three runs scored, and a walk Friday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo home run in Saturday's game one win over the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 31st
 Willson Contreras went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a solo home run, two runs scored, and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 6th
Yadier Molina went 3-for-3 with a double, two home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
 Willson Contreras went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run, and three RBI in Monday's win over the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Aug 27th
 Wilson Contreras is expected to miss four weeks due to his strained right hamstring.
Brad Camara
Mon, Aug 5th
Yadier Molina went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Aug 22nd
Notes 
 Contreras was a major disappointment for fantasy owners in 2018 after starting off his career with 33 HRs, 109 RBIs and a .278 batting average through 629 at-bats in his first two years. He is still young, however, and expected to improve from last season.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Catcher's don't often get 450 trips to the plate, but Tadi has done it every year since 2008. As you can imagine, the runs and RBIs pile up with extra playing time, and it certainly helps that he increases your team's batting average and may add another 20 homers this season.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 A rising star came crashing down when Contreras cratered to .249/.339/.390 with 10 homers in 544 plate appearances. He again hit ground balls on over half of his batted balls, but this time it came with fewer hard hits (28.9%) and more pop-ups (10.3%). A terrible second half (.264 wOBA) derailed this season, so it wasn't even a full year of regression. Even if not anticipating a full revival, the catching pool gets bleak enough to secure him as a top-eight option at worst.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Old man Molina keeps getting the job done. After blasting 19 combined homers from 2014 to 2016, he has belted 18 and 20 homers in the past two season, respectively. He set a career high in hard-hit rate (44.4%) but posted his lowest batting average (.261) since 2006 with no major contact losses. If the 36-year-old can hold up one more year, he should trade some power for contact and hit around .270 with 15 homers. That essentially makes him Mike Piazza compared to the catchers available to those who punt the position.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Contreras had a horribly disappointing 2018 season, hitting just 10 home runs after belting 21 long balls the previous season. The lack of homers was also responsible for lopping more than 25 points off his batting average, as his strikeout rate and BABIP were virtually identical to 2017. Of particular concern was the decline in his hard hit rate, in a year when most players saw their hard hit rates soar. Contreras is just 26 years old and didn't deal with any notable injuries last season, so the sudden drop in power is tough to explain. It stands to reason that a big bounce back could be in store, but he has to be viewed as a boom-or-bust option coming off a lost year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
It may surprise you to learn that Molina has finished as a top-three catcher in standard 5x5 roto leagues in back-to-back seasons and a top-five catcher in three straight seasons. Clearly, his mid-30s have agreed with him so far, but he does carry a little bit of risk this year as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. Durability has been Molina's calling card throughout his career, so if he's able to remain on the field there is a good chance he will again outperform some of the bigger names who are sure to go ahead of him in fantasy drafts.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros