Who Should I Draft?

Justin Upton or A.J. Pollock (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 61
Best Rank# 33# 41
Worst Rank# 121# 111
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 94# 92
Best Rank# 77# 77
Worst Rank# 132# 121
   
Projections 
   
Runs8278
Home Runs2921
RBI8869
Stolen Bases817
Batting Average.253.263
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 68
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 43# 72
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 46# 65
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 61# 73
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 56# 63
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 54# 78
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 49# 50
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 40# 53
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 62# 98
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 64# 66
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 58
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 55# 83
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 42# 64
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 77
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 54# 77
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 61# 70
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 77
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 50
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 38# 50
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 50# 55
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 58# 65
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 35# 54
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 48# 80
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 53# 67
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 74
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 33# 41
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 60# 74
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 43# 80
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 44# 72
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 55# 62
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 46# 48
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 48# 59
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 55# 68
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 44# 50
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 49# 48
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 53
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 56# 50
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 62# 57
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 63# 61
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 65# 63
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 65# 52
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 67# 55
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 67# 61
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 67# 50
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 71# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 72# 64
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 73# 47
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 77# 63
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 78# 64
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 87# 79
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 95# 49
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 96# 77
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 106# 69
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 108# 73
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 118# 111
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 121# 57
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats533413
   
Runs8061
   
Hits137106
   
Singles8859
   
Doubles1821
   
Triples15
   
Home Runs3021
   
RBI8565
   
Stolen Bases813
   
Caught Stealing22
   
Walks6431
   
Strikeouts176100
   
Batting Average.257.257
   
On Base Pct.344.316
   
Slugging Pct.463.484
   
On-base Plus Slugging.808.800
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats535504
   
Runs8278
   
Hits135133
   
Singles8079
   
Doubles2529
   
Triples14
   
Home Runs2921
   
RBI8869
   
Stolen Bases817
   
Caught Stealing35
   
Walks6341
   
Strikeouts171104
   
Batting Average.253.263
   
On Base Pct.332.318
   
Slugging Pct.469.462
   
On-base Plus Slugging.802.780
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
News 
 Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a walk, single, home run, one RBI, and one run scored on Monday against Toronto.
Kamran Hoda
Tue, Jun 18th
A.J. Pollock, recovering from elbow surgery that has sidelined him since late April, could play rehab games during the All-Star break.
Andrew Gould
Tue, Jun 18th
 The Angels have activated Justin Upton (toe) off the injured list prior to Monday's game.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says A.J. Pollock (elbow) will need 40-50 at-bats on a minor league rehab assignment before returning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Justin Upton will be activated for Monday's game against the Blue Jays, according to Brad Ausmus.
Dan Harris
Sun, Jun 16th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Wednesday that A.J. Pollock will undergo elbow surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
 According to Angels manager Brad Ausmus, Justin Upton may rejoin the major league club during their 11-game road trip starting Thursday.
Andrew Gould
Tue, Jun 11th
A.J. Pollock will undergo exploratory surgery to determine the severity of his right elbow infection.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
 Justin Upton is scheduled to have his walking boot removed in about a week.
Andrew Seifter
Tue, Apr 16th
A.J. Pollock has been placed on the 10-day IL with right elbow inflammation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
Notes 
 Erratic over the course of a season, Upton is consistent on a year-to-year basis. Even if he never lived out Ken Griffey Jr. comparisons, the outfielder has logged over 600 plate appearances in each of the last eight seasons with at least 30 homers in the last three. A rise in ground balls and fall in fly balls, however, puts that streak in jeopardy. So does a toe injury that will likely send him to the IL to start 2019. That's a big blow since stability was a major driving force in drafting Upton.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Pollock was a fantasy monster in 2015, but then an elbow injury cost him almost the entire 2016 season and he hasn't been quite the same player since. A 20-20 season is in the realm of possibility here, and Pollock should score plenty of runs atop the Dodgers lineup as long as he can stay healthy. Just don't reach too early while dreaming of 2015.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Upton is the definition of a boring-but-reliable fantasy producer, with six straight seasons of at least 26 HRs, eight stolen bases, solid run production, and a middling batting average. In a good year, he might hit 35 HRs, bat .280, or swipe 20 bags, but the safe expectation is that he will go around .250-30-10, which is still quite useful in fantasy leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
A broken thumb marked the third different injury to besiege Pollock in as many years. Although a terrific source of power and speed when healthy, he has played just 112 and 113 games in the last two seasons, respectively. When on the field, he endured a massive spike in strikeouts (21.7%) with a 77.8% contact rate five points below his career norm. Drafters must take all of these downsides into account while acknowledging the possibility of a 25/20 season with massive run-scoring upside if batting atop the Dodgers' lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Upton is one of the only players with at least 30 homers in each of the last three seasons. You can also bank on 80+ RBIs and runs, and while his stolen bases have come down over the years, 10 is a good bet once again. Upton's batting average won't help you, but it should be enough to warrant a sixth round pick in standard leagues.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Prior to yet another injury, Pollock was among the best fantasy assets in baseball. He had 12 homers, 9 steals and 38 RBIs through just 186 at bats. The ceiling for Pollock is a 30/20 player with a batting average near .300, but he has only played more than 115 games just twice in his career so don't forget about the risk in drafting him.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros