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
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 63
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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Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 57
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 65# 75
   
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DailyOverlay
# 43# 97
   
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The Athletic
# 46# 80
   
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RotoChamp
# 61# 80
   
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Razzball
# 56# 104
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 54# 63
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 49# 116
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 56# 61
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 77# 84
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 62# 81
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 64# 81
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
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Razzball
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The Athletic
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Fantasy Six Pack
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Fake Teams
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Sporfolio
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FanGraphs
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RotoBaller
# 35# 57
   
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FantasyPros
# 48# 113
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 53# 56
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 67# 101
   
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RotoBaller
# 33# 46
   
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Freeze Stats
# 43# 86
   
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Razzball
# 44# 76
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 58
   
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SportsLine
# 46# 58
   
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Fantrax
# 63# 72
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 69# 80
   
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Fake Teams
# 48# 74
   
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FanGraphs
# 55# 85
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 72# 76
   
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Beast Dome
# 40# 26
   
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BretskyBall
# 42# 36
   
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Pitcher List
# 44# 43
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 39
   
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The Athletic
# 49# 47
   
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USA Today
# 55# 47
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 55# 52
   
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Pitcher List
# 58# 53
   
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FantasyPros
# 60# 44
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 61# 56
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 54
   
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RotoBaller
# 62# 51
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 65# 61
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 66# 53
   
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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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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 73# 62
   
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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
   
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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 (knee) received a PRP injection Friday and will be on crutches for two or three weeks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 22nd
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in Monday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 37th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
 Justin Upton (knee) will not play again this season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 36th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 8th
 Justin Upton underwent an MRI on his right knee Wednesday.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks in Friday's win over the Nationals.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
 Justin Upton went 0-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's 8-0 loss to the Indians.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Nationals. The steal was his fourth of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
 Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Thursday's 10-6 loss to the Athletics.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 5th
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, three runs scored, and a walk in Monday's win over the Blue Jays. The homer was his 34th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 3rd
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