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Friday, February 1, 2013

2013 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT DEBATE: RYAN ZIMMERMAN/DAVID WRIGHT

It is time to once again check in on another 2013 fantasy baseball Draft Debate and today we look in on third baseman where the New York Mets' David Wright and the Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman are in lockstep when it comes to their draft price.  With that said, let's compare the two in all five of the standard roto categories in order to see who should be picked ahead of the other this spring.

RUNS:  Generally both Wright and Zimmerman have been in the 90-plus runs territory when healthy and that should remain the same in 2012.  Hitting third in each lineup, both guys will be put in position to score close to that number again this season.  There is no discernible difference to discuss in this statistic.
ADVANTAGE:  EVEN

AVERAGE:  Wright is a .303 career hitter to Zimmerman's 287 and the Mets third baseman won this battle last season .306 to .282.  The number speak for themselves.
ADVANTAGE:  David Wright

HOME RUNS:  This is not 2008 anymore which means Wright can't be expected to hit 30 home runs anymore, especially with the dimensions of Citi Field eating up bombs.  Zimmerman has hit 25 home runs in two of the last three seasons and is now just entering his power prime years. 
ADVANTAGE:  Ryan Zimmerman

STOLEN BASES:  Even though his days of stealing 25-30 bases are finished, Wright still wins this battle easily as his recent average of 15 dwarfs the 4 or 5 Zimmerman will yield.
ADVANTAGE:  David Wright

RBI:  Yes the Mets' lineup is pathetic at times but Wright has still managed to collect 103 and 93 RBI his last two full healthy seasons.  Even with the power advantage, Zimmerman has 85 and 95 RBI in his last two full healthy seasons.  There is a skill to hitting with runners on and Wright has proven to be slightly better there.
ADVANTAGE:  David Wright

WINNER:  David Wright

As you can see Wright wins out and that is likely what you all expected anyway.  Zimmerman is a top player no doubt but Wright does a little bit more overall as he contributes across the board.  Also keep in mind Zimmerman's has been the much more injury prone guy of the two which also needs to be taken into consideration when judging the two this season.


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