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Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT DEBATE: MANNY MACHADO/NOLAN ARENADO

It is time for another 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Debate and today we check in on the third baseman in order to see who should be the second name off the board at that spot behind MVP Josh Donaldson.  There are two prime candidates for such a standing and they center on the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado and the Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado.  As we always do, let's compare Arenado and Machado among the five standard ROTO categories so that we can figure out who should be picked ahead of the other. 

AVERAGE:  It was pretty much a dead heat between the two as Arenado batted .287, while Machado came in at .286.  Both guys' rate and advanced statistics are nearly identical as well so no winner.
ADVANTAGE:  EVEN

HOME RUNS:  Both guys shocked even their biggest fans last season as Machado smacked 35 home runs, with Arenado doing even better at 42.  Arenado has the better pure power and the Coors Field advantage makes him the much better bet to repeat his 2015 haul.
ADVANTAGE:  Nolan Arenado

STOLEN BASES:  This one is all Machado as he has speed that Arenado doesn't have.  Machado showed that last season as he swiped 20 bases to Arenado's 2.  No contest.
ADVANTAGE:  Manny Machado

RUNS:  Again very close here as Machado had the slight advantage over Arenado 102-97.  Machado had the advantage of leading off but he could get moved down the order to better take advantage of his power this season which makes that a non-issue.  Again too close.
ADVANTAGE:  EVEN

RBI:  Arenado was ridiculous here in 2015, driving in 130 batters to Machado's 86. Machado should net a few more RBI if he gets moved down in the batting order but this one is clearly an advantage to Arenado.
ADVANTAGE:  Nolan Arenado

WINNER:  Nolan Arenado

Very close as always but Nolan Arenado is the slight winner.  This is generally the consensus around fantasy baseball circles after Josh Donaldson has been picked.  Machado is then followed by Kris Bryant and Todd Frazier. 

 


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