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Showdown: Freeman vs. Votto

Saturday, February 10, 2018


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Freddie Freeman vs. Joey Votto


Freeman

There's a meme the kids are sharing around the internet these days that portrays two different individuals, side by side: you, and "the guy she told you not to worry about." Inevitably, the other guy is a souped up, more attractive version of the "you" being portrayed. In that way, we are all Joey Votto, for fantasy purposes, and Freddie Freeman is coming for our women. Even in an objectively tremendous offensive season like Votto had in 2017, when he hit 36 homers with 100 RBI, 106 runs and a .320/.454/.578 line, Freeman was actually on pace to best Votto in runs scored, homers and stolen bases if he had played a full season. And even if we call it a wash when looking back -- Freeman would have hit two more homers than Votto over 162 games; Votto would have driven in two more runs, so we're splitting hairs when awarding categories to one or the other -- when we look ahead, we see more reasons to like the 28-year-old Freeman than the 34-year-old Votto in 2018. Why be you, when you can be the guy she told you not to worry about? – Nate Grimm (@Nate_Grimm)


Votto

Undoubtedly, both Votto and Freeman had unbelievable 2017 seasons and both are outstanding fantasy options heading into 2018. Though it’s close, for me Votto is the choice. The 34-year-old has shown no sign of slowing down, and actually has continued to improve his game. In 2017 he posted the lowest strikeout rate of his career at 11.7%, leading to an absurd BB/K rate of 1.61. He has also shown remarkable durability, playing in 158 or more games in each of the last three seasons. While their projected stat lines are similar, where Votto gets a massive edge is in the batting average category where he has hit .320 over the past three years. That type of anchor is immensely valuable as a building block to any fantasy team. He also gets a slight edge in runs scored, where Freeman has only eclipsed the 100 run total once in his career while Votto has accomplished the feat five times, including each of the last two seasons. Sure, Freeman is younger and the Braves’ new park is conducive to left-handed power, but Votto has a higher ceiling overall and has been far more consistent throughout his career, making him the better choice. – Dave Shovein (@DaveShovein)

 

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