Who Should I Draft?

Justin Upton or Josh Donaldson (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - ATL
Josh Donaldson
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 65
Best Rank# 33# 21
Worst Rank# 121# 116
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 94# 89
Best Rank# 77# 81
Worst Rank# 132# 113
   
Projections 
   
Runs8280
Home Runs2927
RBI8876
Stolen Bases84
Batting Average.253.262
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 57
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 65# 75
   
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Going For 2
# 43# 97
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 46# 80
   
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RotoChamp
# 61# 80
   
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Razzball
# 56# 104
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 54# 63
   
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Brewer Rat
# 49# 116
   
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CBS Sports
# 56# 61
   
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CBS Sports
# 77# 84
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 62# 81
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 64# 81
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 67
   
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Razzball
# 55# 75
   
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The Athletic
# 71# 96
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 63
   
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The Athletic
# 54# 66
   
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Fake Teams
# 52# 55
   
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Sporfolio
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Athlon Sports
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FanGraphs
# 106
   
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RotoBaller
# 35# 57
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 48# 113
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 53# 56
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 67# 101
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 33# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 43# 86
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 44# 76
   
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SportsLine
# 46# 58
   
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Fantrax
# 63# 72
   
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Fake Teams
# 48# 74
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 55# 85
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 72# 76
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 40# 26
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 42# 36
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 44# 43
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 39
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 49# 47
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 47
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 55# 52
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 58# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 60# 44
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 61# 56
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 54
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 62# 51
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 65# 61
   
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FantasyPros
# 67# 57
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 67# 51
   
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The Athletic
# 73# 41
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 78# 57
   
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The Athletic
# 87# 78
   
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The Athletic
# 95# 21
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 96# 53
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 108# 77
   
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Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 118# 79
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 121# 53
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - ATL
Josh Donaldson
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats533187
   
Runs8030
   
Hits13746
   
Singles8824
   
Doubles1814
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs308
   
RBI8523
   
Stolen Bases82
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks6431
   
Strikeouts17654
   
Batting Average.257.246
   
On Base Pct.344.352
   
Slugging Pct.463.449
   
On-base Plus Slugging.808.801
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - ATL
Josh Donaldson
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats535468
   
Runs8280
   
Hits135123
   
Singles8069
   
Doubles2526
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs2927
   
RBI8876
   
Stolen Bases84
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks6374
   
Strikeouts171117
   
Batting Average.253.262
   
On Base Pct.332.364
   
Slugging Pct.469.497
   
On-base Plus Slugging.802.861
   
  Justin Upton
LF,DH - LAA
Justin Upton
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - ATL
Josh Donaldson
News 
 Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Saturday against the Cardinals.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, Jun 23rd
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Nationals.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 20th
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with double and a walk in Friday's 4-3 loss against the Nationals.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Wednesday's win over the Mets. The homer was his 14th of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jun 20th
 The Angels have activated Justin Upton (toe) off the injured list prior to Monday's game.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson stayed hot on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets. The homer was his 13th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 19th
 Justin Upton will be activated for Monday's game against the Blue Jays, according to Brad Ausmus.
Dan Harris
Sun, Jun 16th
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The homer was his 12th of the season and third in as many days.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 17th
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
Donaldson was one of the very best hitters in fantasy in 2015 and 2016. A calf injury cost him a big chunk of the 2017 season, but he still hit 33 home runs in 113 games. Then, in 2018, calf and shoulder injuries limited Donaldson to 52 games -- and had a huge impact on his performance while on the field. It's possible that Donaldson's body is falling apart and he'll never be the same, but it's also possible that he has one or two more big years left in the tank. That makes Donaldson a boom-or-bust pick, but the potential reward far outweighs the risk at his current ADP of 98.7.
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 calf injury limited Donaldson to just 52 games last season. He also wasn't his dominant self when healthy, batting .245/.352/.449 with his lowest wOBA (.345) since 2012. There's still 30-35 homers lurking if the former MVP can stay healthy, but that's an increasingly bigger if magnified by a rapid batting-average decline (.297, .284, .270, .246). It's not worth the hassle if going significantly earlier than the likes of Justin Turner, Travis Shaw, and Matt Chapman.
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
Over the last two years, Donaldson has missed half of his team's games, but he has still be exceptional when he plays, with 41 homers, 101 RBIs and 95 runs in 165 games. If he is healthy, you've got a second round value, but that is a big if so proceed at your own risk.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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