Who Should I Draft?

Freddie Freeman or Cody Bellinger (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Expert
Recommendation
97%
Recommended by
57 of 59 experts
3%
Recommended by
2 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 30
Best Rank# 7# 16
Worst Rank# 25# 49
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 39
Best Rank# 16# 38
Worst Rank# 25# 50
   
Projections 
   
Runs9388
Home Runs2732
RBI9595
Stolen Bases812
Batting Average.302.262
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 16# 28
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 28
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 48
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 15# 25
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 13# 45
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 17# 37
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 33
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 11# 26
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 14# 49
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 26
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 15# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 17# 32
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 16# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 23# 34
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 17# 33
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 18# 40
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 9# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 22# 46
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 17# 26
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 16# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 14# 31
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 23# 45
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 17# 30
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 23# 33
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 27
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 14# 29
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 17# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 20# 33
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 9# 33
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 33
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 18# 31
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 16# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 32
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 17# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 16# 28
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 16# 29
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 18# 33
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 27
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 9# 27
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 18# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 15# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 7# 32
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 19# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 39
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 25# 27
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 17# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 30
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 17# 30
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 16# 32
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 17# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 27
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 17# 24
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 24# 31
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 9# 24
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 17# 29
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 21# 19
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 24# 16
   
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats618557
   
Runs9484
   
Hits191145
   
Singles12085
   
Doubles4428
   
Triples47
   
Home Runs2325
   
RBI9876
   
Stolen Bases1014
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks7669
   
Strikeouts132151
   
Batting Average.309.260
   
On Base Pct.388.343
   
Slugging Pct.505.470
   
On-base Plus Slugging.892.814
   
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats568548
   
Runs9388
   
Hits171143
   
Singles10179
   
Doubles3928
   
Triples35
   
Home Runs2732
   
RBI9595
   
Stolen Bases812
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks7769
   
Strikeouts126149
   
Batting Average.302.262
   
On Base Pct.385.345
   
Slugging Pct.525.507
   
On-base Plus Slugging.910.851
   
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
News 
 Freddie Freeman (elbow) is starting at first base and batting third against the Nationals.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
Cody Bellinger went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in the Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Orioles on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 13th
 Freddie Freeman was removed from Friday's game against the Nationals due to right elbow soreness.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
Cody Bellinger went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the Dodgers' win over the Orioles on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in Monday's win over the Phillies.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
Cody Bellinger hit his 43rd homer of the season in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 2nd
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's win over the Nationals.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
Cody Bellinger is absent from Saturday's lineup versus the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBI in Sunday's win over the White Sox. The homers were his 37th and 38th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 2nd
Cody Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks in the Dodgers' 11-5 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 30th
Notes 
 First basemen isn't as deep as it once was so commodities like Freeman are well worth investing in toward the middle of the third round. He is a lock for 90 runs, 90 RBIs and a .300 batting average each year and that type of player doesn't grow on trees
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
 Freeman bounced back from an injury-shortened 2017 season to finish as the number one fantasy first baseman in 2018, despite a precipitous drop in his power output. Freeman may struggle to return to the 30-HR plateau if he continues to hit as few fly balls as he did last year, but he's now produced a .300 batting average in three straight seasons, is good for 5-10 steals, and should continue to see healthy run and RBI totals as the Braves' lineup comes into its own. Consider him a decent bet to again finish as the number one 1B in fantasy.
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
 Replacing Joey Votto as the line-drive king, Freeman has batted above .300 with a slugging percentage over .500 in each of the last three seasons. He played all 162 games and even poached a career-high 10 bases in 2018. He'd be fantasy's undisputed top first baseman if not for a late power outage limiting him to 23 homers. Now he's simply competing with Paul Goldschmidt for top billing as second-round mainstays. Now that he has slowly repealed the injury-prone label, Freeman is a relatively safe pick with MVP upside.
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