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Who Should I Draft?

Cody Bellinger or Francisco Lindor (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
44 of 46 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 46 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 6
Best Rank# 3# 4
Worst Rank# 10# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 8
Best Rank# 4# 7
Worst Rank# 4# 9
   
Projections 
   
Runs3939
Home Runs1512
RBI4031
Stolen Bases58
Batting Average.292.289
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 5
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 5# 16
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 6
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 5
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 4# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 7
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 7
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 9
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 4# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 7
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 4# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 3# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 7# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 5# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 7
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 6
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 6
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 4# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 5# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 10
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 8
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 5# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 6
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 7# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 10# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats558598
   
Runs121101
   
Hits170170
   
Singles8696
   
Doubles3440
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs4732
   
RBI11574
   
Stolen Bases1522
   
Caught Stealing55
   
Walks9546
   
Strikeouts10898
   
Batting Average.305.284
   
On Base Pct.406.335
   
Slugging Pct.629.518
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.035.854
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats198220
   
Runs3939
   
Hits5863
   
Singles3036
   
Doubles1114
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1512
   
RBI4031
   
Stolen Bases58
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks3120
   
Strikeouts4636
   
Batting Average.292.289
   
On Base Pct.389.349
   
Slugging Pct.579.524
   
On-base Plus Slugging.968.872
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
News 
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Cody Bellinger has made some changes to his swing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 13th
Indians manager Terry Francona is considering batting Francisco Lindor third this year.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 12th
 Cody Bellinger (back) is in the Dodgers' lineup on Thursday versus the Athletics.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 5th
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic writes that Francisco Lindor has halted contract negotiations with the Indians.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
 Cody Bellinger was scratched earlier this week and is not in the lineup today due to “side discomfort”, however, Ken Gurnick reported today that it was due to a knot in Bellinger’s back. There were rumblings about the issue occurring after Bellinger’s viral Top Golf video. The reigning MVP is not in the lineup today but is working out in full.
Matthew Davis
Wed, Mar 4th
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a Cactus League loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Mar 8th
 Cody Bellinger was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Reds with side discomfort.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Mar 2nd
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 6-2 Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Mar 4th
 Cody Bellinger signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with Los Angeles on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jan 10th
Francisco Lindor has agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million deal with the Indians. Lindor will have the opportunity to earn more in awards bonuses.
Rob Ingalsbe
Fri, Jan 10th
Notes 
 The Dodgers are going to be a headache for fantasy managers this year, but Bellinger is one of the players who you can count on for everyday, elite production. Having first base eligibility lifts his stock even more, since first base is a top-heavy position this year. Bellinger lowered his strikeout rate and raised his walk rate, but the most impressive part of his growth last season was his ability to hit lefties to the tune of .280 - up from .226 the year prior.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Lindor is the definition of a safe player, which is great at this point in the draft. There were concerns he wouldn't run much in 2019 with his Spring Training calf injury, but he still stole 22 bases. He's an elite-contact bat, who should post double-digit steals and homers in the shortened season.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Bellinger had a tremendous season, drastically improving his walk rate and cutting his strikeout rate, and setting career highs in each of the five standard rotisserie categories. If there's a knock on Bellinger's season, it's that so much of his production came in the first half, and particularly in March where he batted .431 with 14 home runs. Beginning in June, he batted .280 or lower in each month, and he batted just .261 in the second half. But the numbers all count, and although it's reasonable to expect Bellinger to take a slight step back from his overall 2019 numbers, it still leaves him as a top-five pick.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Lindor's 2019 season got off to a rocky start with a right calf strain in February followed by a sprained left ankle in March. But when he returned in late April, he didn't miss a beat, putting up a classic 30-20 season and contributing in all five categories. There were some minor negatives for Lindor - his strikeout rate went up, his walk rate went down, and he had an expected batting average of just .276, the lowest of his career. But Lindor's floor at this point is so enormously high that he's one of the few no-risk players, and he shouldn't slip past the top 10 in drafts or, frankly, the top seven.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 After his ridiculous start in April, Bellinger cooled off for sure, but still played at a 43 HR, 102 RBI, 116 R, 13 SB, .274 pace. He doesn't come with the risk some are suggesting as let's remember, he was still just 23 years old in his down season of 2018. You can draft him in the top-five with confidence but behind Trout, Acuna and Betts.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Even despite missing the first month, Lindor went for 32 homers, 22 steals and 101 runs. He has been steady for three seasons and could very easily take another leap into the top tier of fantasy assets this year but he'll need that batting average to leap in order to get there.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 I project regression across the board. 30-35 HRs, 8-13 SBs in 2020 rather than his 47/15 2019. Still a really strong season, still qualifies in the outfield and a slightly better Dodger than Betts with upside to provide 40/15 if his regression is less severe than my projections. Thats why he ranks ahead of Betts but behind the dual-threat middle infielders at picks 4-6.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Betts and Lindor should be statistical equals, so I'll take the shortstop over the outfielder.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Statcast page is blood red (which is good). Hit .379 in the first two months of 2019, .262 after
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Missed the first few weeks of 2019 and still went 32/22
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros