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Anthony Rendon or Cody Bellinger (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
38 of 56 experts
32%
Recommended by
18 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 30
Best Rank# 19# 16
Worst Rank# 56# 49
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 41# 39
Best Rank# 39# 38
Worst Rank# 45# 50
   
Projections 
   
Runs8788
Home Runs2432
RBI9395
Stolen Bases512
Batting Average.294.262
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 22# 28
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 48
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 27# 37
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 33
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 26
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 32
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 21# 32
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 30# 33
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 28# 40
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 33# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 45# 46
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 25# 31
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 37# 45
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 26# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 27# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 23# 33
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 33
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 26# 31
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 19# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 26# 32
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 28# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 26# 28
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 25# 29
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 27# 33
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 27
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 26# 27
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 28# 31
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 29# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 23# 39
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 28# 29
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 26# 30
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 27# 31
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 26# 29
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 36
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 29# 24
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 29# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 28
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 30# 26
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 31# 26
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 31# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 27
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 32# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 37# 32
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 38# 33
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 39# 33
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 41# 34
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 41# 25
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 31
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 42# 19
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 42# 34
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 52# 45
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 56# 16
   
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats529557
   
Runs8884
   
Hits163145
   
Singles9385
   
Doubles4428
   
Triples27
   
Home Runs2425
   
RBI9276
   
Stolen Bases214
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks5569
   
Strikeouts82151
   
Batting Average.308.260
   
On Base Pct.374.343
   
Slugging Pct.535.470
   
On-base Plus Slugging.909.814
   
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats544548
   
Runs8788
   
Hits160143
   
Singles9579
   
Doubles4028
   
Triples25
   
Home Runs2432
   
RBI9395
   
Stolen Bases512
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks6569
   
Strikeouts90149
   
Batting Average.294.262
   
On Base Pct.370.345
   
Slugging Pct.506.507
   
On-base Plus Slugging.876.851
   
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
News 
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 17th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 21st
Cody Bellinger is absent from Tuesday's lineup versus Arizona.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 25th
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks. The homer was his 16th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 17th
Cody Bellinger hit his 25th homer of the year in Friday's 4-2 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBIs in Friday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The homer was his 15th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Cody Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday Night Baseball.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a walk, two home runs, and three RBIs in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. The homers were his 13th and 14th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 12th
Cody Bellinger went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base as the Dodgers fell to the Cubs 2-1 on Saturday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Sunday's win over the San Diego Padres. The homer was his 12th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 10th
Cody Bellinger went 3-for-4 with two homers, two RBI, and two runs scored in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
Notes 
 Every single season, fantasy owners draft Rendon in the fourth or fifth round and every single year he outproduces that draft value. 2018 was no different, as he hit .308 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored in just 136 games. Don't make the mistake of letting him slip by you in the fourth again this season
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Last year was a major disappointment for Bellinger owners after he hit 39 homers in just 132 rookie games in 2017. He still managed to hit 25 bombs with 14 steals, however, so the floor is plenty high. At just 23 years old, we clearly haven't seen the best of Bellinger so don't be surprised if he breaks out for 50 bombs this year or next
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Rendon was the only third baseman to hit over .300 last season, and one of four third baseman to accomplish that feat in 2017. He's as good a bet for batting average as it gets at the position, and is also fully capable of delivering 25 home runs with good run and RBI totals. His stolen base totals have evaporated over the last couple years, but that shouldn't prevent him from again being a top-40 overall hitter in standard roto and categories leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Bellinger was always due for some negative regression after he belted 39 home runs in just 480 at-bats during his rookie 2017 season, but he should now be due for a bit of positive regression after managing just 25 home runs last year. His hard hit rate tailed off a bit, but his exit velocity and launch angle remained unchanged, so he's a good bet to return to the 30-35 HR range this year. Bellinger promisingly trimmed his strikeout rate, indicating that he should be able to keep his batting average in the .260 range even if his BABIP drops a little, and the 10-15 steals he provides give him a leg up on most other 1B-eligible players. The fact he's unlikely to hit .280-.300 keeps him a notch below Freeman, Goldschmidt, and Rizzo, but he's already the next best thing and is still just 23 years old.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Diminishing speed and non-elite power make Rendon boring, but he's still a tremendous hitter who has batted above .300 and slugged over .500 in each of the last two seasons. After missing time with a bruised toe earlier in 2018, he posted a .391 wOBA (a mark matched by Jose Ramirez and Nolan Arenado all season) since the start of June. Stealing twice in three tries is a major bummer, but don't underestimate the worth of a .300, 25-homer hitter who could offer 90-100 runs and RBI apiece in the heart of Washington's lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
In 162 games and 84 more plate appearances than in his spectacular arrival, Bellinger hit 14 fewer home runs (25) while his ISO dropped from .315 to .210. On the bright side, he avoided significant batting-average regression by hitting .260 with a diminished strikeout rate (23.9%). The 23-year-old maintains more than enough raw power to jump back to 30 long balls, but don't overlook his 14 steals in 15 tries. This isn't a mere case of catching opponents off guard, as the 6'4" stud recorded a higher Statcast speed score (28.9) than Jose Peraza, Tim Anderson, and Ozzie Albies. He's a 30-15 candidate with upside for more, so don't let him fall too far beyond the fourth round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros