With 2009 fantasy baseball drafts in full swing, the pressure is heating up when it comes to deciding who to draft between two nearly equal players at the same position. One key fantasy baseball draft position battle is between outfielders Grady Sizemore and Ryan Braun. So if you find yourself at your fantasy baseball draft and you are debating which player to choose, here is your answer.
Grady Sizemore – OF – Cleveland Indians
Entering the 2009 season with four straight years of posting 20 plus homeruns and 20 plus stolen bases, Sizemore would be the clear runaway choice as the number one overall ranked fantasy baseball outfielder if it was not for a young and emerging all-star in Ryan Braun. After finishing the 2008 season with 33 homeruns and 38 stolen bases, Sizemore will be pushing at the door of a 35 homerun and 40 stolen base campaign in 2009. At just age 26, Sizemore is entering the prime of his career, and combining that with a proven and healthy track record, Sizemore should be as close to a sure bet that you will find in fantasy baseball this year.
2009 Projections: 110 runs scored, 30 homeruns, 40 stolen bases, 85 rbi, .275 batting average
Ryan Braun – OF – Milwaukee Brewers
After exploding onto the fantasy baseball scene as a rookie in 2007, Braun proved all his doubters wrong in 2008 as he continued his offensive dominance to the tune of 37 homeruns, 106 rbi, and 14 stolen bases. Already with an NL All-Star starting spot to his name, Braun at just age 25, could very easily make a run at MVP honors in 2009. With a solid offensive core in Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy and Corey Hart surrounding him in the Brewers lineup, Braun has the potential to post a career year in 2009. A 40 homerun and 20 stolen base campaign could be in store for Braun sooner rather than later.
2009 Projections: 100 runs scored, 40 homeruns, 18 stolen bases, 110 rbi, .290 batting average
When it comes down to it and you need to decide between drafting Grady Sizemore or Ryan Braun, Sizemore is the choice. While both outfielders are very young and have proven track records, Sizemore slightly outweighs Braun from a fantasy baseball standpoint, even if it is for no other reason than because he bats leadoff. As a leadoff hitter, Sizemore will likely tally about 50 more at bats throughout the season than what Braun will, and in the end this means more opportunities for scoring runs and stolen bases. The only downfall to drafting Sizemore over Braun, is that Sizemore has displayed a susceptibility to posting a somewhat below normal batting average. Luckily however Sizemore won’t post a Ryan Howard/Adam Dunn esq. batting average, so the worries are limited. Overall, the 20 plus stolen bases that Grady Sizemore will accumulate over Ryan Braun’s stolen base total, should be valuable enough in fantasy baseball leagues to make Grady Sizemore the better fantasy baseball outfielder in 2009.