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Who Should I Draft?

Cody Bellinger or Francisco Lindor (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
38 of 51 experts
25%
Recommended by
13 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 12# 13
Best Rank# 5# 6
Worst Rank# 25# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 16
Best Rank# 12# 15
Worst Rank# 19# 19
   
Projections 
   
Runs10097
Home Runs3730
RBI10686
Stolen Bases1418
Batting Average.279.271
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 13
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 11# 13
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 10# 22
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 9# 12
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 13# 14
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 23
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 7# 13
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 13# 14
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 11# 15
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 5# 14
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 8# 14
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 11# 13
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 12# 16
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 12# 13
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 11# 12
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 12# 13
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 9# 21
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 11# 16
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 12# 18
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 12# 14
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 16
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 12# 13
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 14
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 12# 13
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 10# 12
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 12# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 12# 21
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 14
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 13# 14
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 12# 13
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 13
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 12# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 17# 21
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 12# 13
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 10# 17
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 14# 15
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 8# 13
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 12# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 10# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 12# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 11
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 12
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 13# 12
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 13# 6
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 14# 11
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 16# 10
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 17# 12
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 20# 12
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 24# 8
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 25# 13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats213236
   
Runs3330
   
Hits5161
   
Singles2940
   
Doubles1013
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs128
   
RBI3027
   
Stolen Bases66
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks3024
   
Strikeouts4241
   
Batting Average.239.259
   
On Base Pct.333.335
   
Slugging Pct.455.415
   
On-base Plus Slugging.789.750
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats552607
   
Runs10097
   
Hits153163
   
Singles8197
   
Doubles3134
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs3730
   
RBI10686
   
Stolen Bases1418
   
Caught Stealing46
   
Walks8258
   
Strikeouts123106
   
Batting Average.279.271
   
On Base Pct.373.335
   
Slugging Pct.546.482
   
On-base Plus Slugging.919.817
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
News 
 Cody Bellinger headed to the injured list once again. The Dodgers scratched Bellinger from Tuesday's lineup after undergoing further tests.
Corbin Young
Wed, Sep 22nd
Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. The Mets won 3-2.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Sep 20th
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Cody Bellinger has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left ribs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 18th
Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 on Sunday with three home runs and five RBIs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth. The Mets won 7-6 and are 72-72 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 14th
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Cody Bellinger will receive a few days off to "work through some things."
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
Francisco Lindor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Mets' six-run ninth inning. They won 13-6 Sunday and are 69-68 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
 Outfielder Cody Bellinger went 0-for-3 as the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 5-1 on Monday.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Sep 6th
Francisco Lindor went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two singles, one home run, and four RBIs. Lindor hit a two-run shot off Nats closer Kyle Finnegan in the top of the ninth to win it for the Mets. With the win on, Saturday the Mets are 68-67 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
 Dodgers' Cody Bellinger will sit on Monday and will sit moving forward when the team faces off against a left-handed pitcher.
Jack Mannis
Mon, Aug 30th
Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with a single and two stolen bases as the Mets won on Saturday. They're five games under .500 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Aug 31st
Notes 
 Bellinger was unable to replicate the magic of his 2019 breakout during last year's shortened season. His average dipped to .239, the worst mark of his career, his power dropped significantly, and he didn't make the same quality of contact. But although he slid backwards in his walk and strikeout rates, his regression there was minimal, and his expected batting average was .284. In other words, Bellinger got worse in 2020, but it wasn't quite as bad as the surface numbers suggest. He did have offseason shoulder surgery after getting injured during a post-season celebration, and that's always a bit worrisome for a hitter. But given that a "down" year for Bellinger at this point is a 30-15 season, he warrants being selected early in the second round.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Lindor's season wasn't particularly impressive, as his surface numbers regressed fairly significantly from his previous three seasons. But, under the hood, not much changed. His walk rate and strikeout rate were largely steady, and his statcast data remained on par with his career marks. He also got much better to close the year, batting .285 with a 122 wRC+ over his final 39 games. Just 27 years old and now with a stronger lineup with the Mets, Lindor should put up numbers closer to his 2017-2019 levels, especially since he'll be playing for a new contract after this season. He'll come at a bit of a discount in the second round this year, and he's well worth your investment at that price.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Bellinger has begun playing in spring games, so concerns over his offseason shoulder surgery have lessened. Now it's time to figure out if we can rely on him as a fantasy star following an underwhelming 2020. It's worth noting that Bellinger finished strong, posting a 12.5% barrel-rate over his final 37 contests. This was very close to the 13% barrel-rate mark from his MVP-winning 2019. Over these final 37 games Bellinger hit 10 homers with a .960 OPS. 2019 could very well go down as the best season of his career, but that doesn't mean Bellinger can't be a fantasy star for years to come. Don't let him fall too late into Round 2 come draft day.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
If you were to judge Lindor by his 2020 triple slash line, then you'd think he had a disappointing season. To an extent, that's true! Lindor's .258/.335/.415 performance last summer certainly wasn't what fantasy managers were expecting. However, this looks like a case of someone who would've rebounded over the course of a full season. Lindor posted a career-high 41.1% hard-hit rate as well as a career-best air contact (55.8%), which measures fly balls and line drives. His arrival in New York will keep him in the conversation for the first two rounds of fantasy drafts this spring.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
 The injury is obviously concerning, but if it winds up being nothing, Bellinger is going to make second round ADP look very silly. Don't forget how great of a player he is, in the middle of the best lineup in the league.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy