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Who Should I Draft?

Francisco Lindor or Nolan Arenado (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
40 of 45 experts
11%
Recommended by
5 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 10
Best Rank# 5# 5
Worst Rank# 16# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 8# 11
Best Rank# 7# 9
Worst Rank# 9# 13
   
Projections 
   
Runs3937
Home Runs1215
RBI3143
Stolen Bases81
Batting Average.289.305
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 10
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 8
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 8
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 10# 15
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 7# 13
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 10
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 13
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 7# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 9
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 8
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 6# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 9
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 7# 11
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 6# 9
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 8# 10
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 7# 9
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 7# 9
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 7# 11
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 8
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 9
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 11
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 10
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 9
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 8
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 8# 10
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 6# 9
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 5# 15
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 6# 9
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 8# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 9# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 9# 8
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 15# 8
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 16# 7
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats598588
   
Runs101102
   
Hits170184
   
Singles96110
   
Doubles4031
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs3241
   
RBI74118
   
Stolen Bases223
   
Caught Stealing52
   
Walks4662
   
Strikeouts9893
   
Batting Average.284.313
   
On Base Pct.335.378
   
Slugging Pct.518.582
   
On-base Plus Slugging.854.959
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats221212
   
Runs3937
   
Hits6465
   
Singles3736
   
Doubles1413
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1215
   
RBI3143
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks2023
   
Strikeouts3638
   
Batting Average.289.305
   
On Base Pct.349.375
   
Slugging Pct.522.573
   
On-base Plus Slugging.871.948
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
News 
 Jason Lloyd of The Athletic writes that Francisco Lindor has halted contract negotiations with the Indians.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
Nolan Arenado hit his second homer of the spring on Tuesday against the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 3rd
 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
Thomas Harding of MLB.com writes that Nolan Arenado is feeling disrespected by the Rockies' front office.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jan 20th
 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
The Rockies and Cardinals are reportedly exchanging names that could be involved in a trade centering on Nolan Arenado.
Blaine Blontz
Tue, Jan 14th
 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
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports Nolan Arenado has a "50/50" chance of being traded this off-season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jan 2nd
 Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti has said on multiple occasions that he expects the 26-year-old shortstop to be with the team on Opening Day. Antonetti reiterated that stance on Wednesday. "I have never had a different expectation other than Francisco will be our shortstop Opening Day," Antonetti said. "That was my expectation as the season ended. That’s still my expectation as I’m sitting here today."
Rob Ingalsbe
Wed, Jan 8th
 
Notes 
 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
Your goal in the first round is to not screw up the pick. With Arenado, you're getting arguably the safest player in the round not named Mike Trout on a year-to-year basis. It's now been four straight years with at least 37 homers, a .294 average, 100 runs and 110 RBIs.
Michael Waterloo - 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
There's very little to say about Arenado at this point. He's batted between .287 and .315, hit between 37 and 42 home runs, and driven in between 97 and 116 runs in each of the last five years. Entering his age-29 season, there are simply no concerns about Arenado so long as he remains in Colorado all year, though that is admittedly a bit of a question mark at this point. But really, so long as you are comfortable that you won't get steals from your first-round pick, there's no reason to shy away from Arenado whatsoever.
Dan Harris - 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
Arenado won't steal any bases, but besides Trout, this is the most consistent and reliable bat in the majors. If he doesn't get traded, he is a virtual lock to again finish among the top 10 fantasy hitters and you just may be able to snag him at the end of the first round.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Betts and Lindor should be statistical equals, so I'll take the shortstop over the outfielder.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Consecutive years of diminished stolen bases by Altuve and a drop off in elite strikeout SPs puts me in a place to select a "slugger only" player and Arenado is one of the best.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData