Who Should I Draft?

Juan Soto or Cody Bellinger (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
54 of 59 experts
8%
Recommended by
5 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 23# 30
Best Rank# 10# 16
Worst Rank# 38# 49
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 39
Best Rank# 27# 38
Worst Rank# 38# 50
   
Projections 
   
Runs9488
Home Runs2932
RBI9695
Stolen Bases712
Batting Average.290.262
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 23# 28
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 28
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 48
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 21# 25
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 34# 45
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 18# 37
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 33
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 26
   
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RotoChamp
# 12# 49
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 22# 26
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 22# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 32
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 24# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 25# 34
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 22# 40
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 17# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 16# 32
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 10# 19
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 20# 46
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 19# 26
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 31
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 19# 45
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 28# 30
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 16# 33
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 27
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 24# 29
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 33
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 18# 33
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 33
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 31
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 32
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 20# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 25# 28
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 27# 29
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 28# 33
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 27
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 25# 27
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 15# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 29# 32
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 28# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 30# 39
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 22# 27
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 23# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 30
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 24# 30
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 20# 32
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 19# 27
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 24
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 18# 31
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 24
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 36
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 29# 16
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 31# 28
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 32# 29
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 34# 32
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 38# 33
   
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats414557
   
Runs7784
   
Hits121145
   
Singles7385
   
Doubles2528
   
Triples17
   
Home Runs2225
   
RBI7076
   
Stolen Bases514
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks7969
   
Strikeouts99151
   
Batting Average.292.260
   
On Base Pct.406.343
   
Slugging Pct.517.470
   
On-base Plus Slugging.923.814
   
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats538548
   
Runs9488
   
Hits156143
   
Singles9479
   
Doubles3028
   
Triples35
   
Home Runs2932
   
RBI9695
   
Stolen Bases712
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks9069
   
Strikeouts121149
   
Batting Average.290.262
   
On Base Pct.392.345
   
Slugging Pct.521.507
   
On-base Plus Slugging.913.851
   
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
News 
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 18th
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
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, three RBI, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Twins. The homer was his 34th of the season.
Mike Maher
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
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 33rd of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 9th
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
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mets. The homer was his 32nd of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 4th
Cody Bellinger is absent from Saturday's lineup versus the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Marlins.
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 
 Soto was every bit as good as top-ten pick, Alex Bregman per plate appearance last season, but is going 20 picks later. Keep in mind, he accomplished that as a teenager. Don't hesitate to reach an entire round to grab him before he progresses even more
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
 Soto breezed through the minor leagues and kept raking as a 19-year old rookie with the Nationals, hitting .292 with 22 home runs across his first 116 Big Leagues games. Perhaps most impressive of all, he walked nearly as often as he struck out, producing a .406 on-base percentage that proves he is more than comfortable at the Major League level. Soto hit the ball on the ground an awful lot as a rookie, so it remains to be seen if he is capable of delivering 30+ home runs, but at least 25 homers seems likely, and he should be a major plus in terms of batting average and run production while also providing at least a handful of steals. The kid is legit.
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
 Expected to play at least one more full season in the minors, Soto instead showed elite skills beyond his years, batting .292/.406/.517 at age 19. After popping 22 homers in 494 plate appearance, supporters are dreaming of a .300, 30-homer, 10-steal breakout. It will happen soon enough, but don't reach for those lofty expectations in 2019. A 53.7% ground-ball rate dampens his power prospects, especially since nearly a quarter of his fly balls went yard last season. If his top-30 ECR holds, drafters are likely overpaying for a 25-homer, five-steal hitter who should be going closer to Anthony Rendon than Andrew Benintendi.
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