Oftentimes in fantasy baseball, players from the unpopular MLB teams end up not being valued adequately by fantasy owners due to the fact that they are unfamiliar with the rosters of certain clubs. Perhaps no one is a better example than Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who is a better third base option than the more popular Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals.
In 2013, Donaldson was finally given the chance to play a whole season, and the 28-year old proved he belongs in the majors. In 158 games, he batted .301 with 24 HRs and 93 RBIs to go along with 89 runs scored and a .384 on-base percentage. Of his 174 hits, 37 were doubles and three were triples — giving the slugger 64 extra base hits.
In comparison, Zimmerman played in 147 games, batting .275 with 26 HRs and 79 RBIs to go along with 84 runs scored an a .344 on base percentage. Of his 156 hits, 26 were doubles and two were triples, giving him a total of 54 extra base hits.
Donaldson hit .025 points higher, hit a similar amount of home runs with 14 more RBIs, and had a .040 higher on-base percentage with 10 more extra base hits — clearly making him the better option. Currently Zimmerman is ranked as the seventh-best 3B option, while Donaldson is the eighth according to the fantasypros.com charts.
Zimmerman’s average draft position (ADP) is at 65.4 and Donladson’s is 67.2 — meaning the majority of fantasy baseball owners will be put in the scenario to pick between the two during their drafts.
While I understand the thinking that Zimmerman has had a longer career, making him a bit more trustworthy, I implore you to take Donaldson when faced with the grueling decision between the two because in fantasy sports, statistics do not lie and Donaldson is the better statistical player.