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Who Should I Draft?

Cody Bellinger or Paul Goldschmidt (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
45 of 45 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 38
Best Rank# 3# 21
Worst Rank# 9# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 67
Best Rank# 4# 49
Worst Rank# 4# 80
   
Projections 
   
Runs3934
Home Runs1512
RBI4134
Stolen Bases52
Batting Average.294.280
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 30
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 35
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 5# 36
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 33
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 33
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 9# 31
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 48
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 4# 34
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 45
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 39
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 39
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 39
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 49
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 36
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 53
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 55
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 71
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 30
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 21
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 38
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 4# 49
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 56
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 4# 39
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 41
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 38
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 41
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 7# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 5# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 45
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 45
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 40
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 45
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 58
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 35
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 4# 46
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 34
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 6# 43
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 35
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 5# 46
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 44
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 7# 41
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 61
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats558597
   
Runs12197
   
Hits170155
   
Singles8695
   
Doubles3425
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs4734
   
RBI11597
   
Stolen Bases153
   
Caught Stealing51
   
Walks9578
   
Strikeouts108166
   
Batting Average.305.260
   
On Base Pct.406.346
   
Slugging Pct.629.476
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.035.821
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats197203
   
Runs3934
   
Hits5857
   
Singles3034
   
Doubles1210
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1512
   
RBI4134
   
Stolen Bases52
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks3130
   
Strikeouts4558
   
Batting Average.294.280
   
On Base Pct.390.372
   
Slugging Pct.585.502
   
On-base Plus Slugging.975.874
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
News 
 Cody Bellinger (back) is in the Dodgers' lineup on Thursday versus the Athletics.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 5th
Paul Goldschmidt told reporters that his elbow is 100 percent healthy now.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 4th
 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
Paul Goldschmidt (elbow) continues to go to the Cardinals' spring training complex to receive treatment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 17th
 Cody Bellinger was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Reds with side discomfort.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Mar 2nd
Paul Goldschmidt is dealing with right elbow soreness and will be out of the Grapefruit League lineup for at least "a couple of days," said St.Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.
Brad Camara
Wed, Mar 11th
 Cody Bellinger signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with Los Angeles on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jan 10th
Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday's 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Astros.
Brad Camara
Tue, Mar 3rd
  Paul Goldschmidt has been dealing with a sore right elbow since just before spring workouts began. This has limited his ability to throw, but he says he's been feeling better lately.
Blaine Blontz
Fri, Feb 21st
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
What set Paul Goldschmidt apart from the other first basemen for years were his steals. Over the past four years, his stolen base totals have dropped from 32 to 18, to 7, to 3 last year. He had 34 home runs, which were nice, but he also had his lowest triple-slash line since his rookie year in 2011. He'll still give you production at a shallow position, but this isn't going to be a gradual decline with Goldschmidt.
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
Goldschmidt's batting average may have dipped thanks to a slow start but he finished with 30+ homers for the third consecutive season and very nearly went for 100 runs and 100 RBIs. More than likely, that batting average will end up north of .280 again too which would make him a steal at the end of the fifth round.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
His production has been on a steady decline over the past three years as he has gotten older, and that is not something I plan on buying into in the 5th round.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 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
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Frank Stampfl - RotoExperts