Who Should I Draft?

Mookie Betts or Ronald Acuna Jr. (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mookie Betts
CF,RF - BOS
Mookie Betts
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Expert
Recommendation
97%
Recommended by
57 of 59 experts
3%
Recommended by
2 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 8
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 24# 21
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 2# 9
Best Rank# 2# 8
Worst Rank# 2# 16
   
Projections 
   
Runs11796
Home Runs3030
RBI9489
Stolen Bases2724
Batting Average.307.282
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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The Athletic
# 2# 6
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 8
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 9
   
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# 2# 6
   
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The Athletic
# 2# 11
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 4
   
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USA Today
# 2# 7
   
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# 2# 8
   
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# 2# 4
   
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# 2# 6
   
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# 2# 6
   
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# 2# 7
   
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# 13# 19
   
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The Athletic
# 2# 10
   
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# 2# 14
   
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CBS Sports
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The Athletic
# 2# 9
   
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# 2# 5
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 9
   
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# 2# 15
   
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# 2# 14
   
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# 2# 21
   
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# 2# 5
   
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# 2# 10
   
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RotoBaller
# 2# 17
   
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FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
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# 2# 8
   
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# 2# 7
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 11
   
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# 2# 3
   
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# 2# 16
   
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RotoBaller
# 2# 6
   
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FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
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# 2# 8
   
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# 2# 4
   
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# 2# 15
   
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# 2# 10
   
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# 2# 9
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 2# 7
   
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# 2# 8
   
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# 2# 8
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 14
   
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# 2# 3
   
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# 2# 7
   
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# 2# 16
   
Todd D Clark
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# 2# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 1
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 24# 15
   
  Mookie Betts
CF,RF - BOS
Mookie Betts
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats520433
   
Runs12978
   
Hits180127
   
Singles9671
   
Doubles4726
   
Triples54
   
Home Runs3226
   
RBI8064
   
Stolen Bases3016
   
Caught Stealing65
   
Walks8145
   
Strikeouts91123
   
Batting Average.346.293
   
On Base Pct.438.366
   
Slugging Pct.640.552
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.079.918
   
  Mookie Betts
CF,RF - BOS
Mookie Betts
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats587576
   
Runs11796
   
Hits180162
   
Singles10295
   
Doubles4332
   
Triples45
   
Home Runs3030
   
RBI9489
   
Stolen Bases2724
   
Caught Stealing69
   
Walks7658
   
Strikeouts90158
   
Batting Average.307.282
   
On Base Pct.386.348
   
Slugging Pct.549.513
   
On-base Plus Slugging.935.860
   
  Mookie Betts
CF,RF - BOS
Mookie Betts
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
News 
 Mookie Betts is not in Sunday's lineup against the Rays according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 22nd
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, three runs scored, and two walks in Friday's win over the Giants. The homer was his 41st of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 21st
 Mookie Betts (foot) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 20th
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 40th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 20th
 Mookie Betts (foot) is unlikely to return before the weekend, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 19th
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies. The steal was his 37th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 18th
 Mookie Betts was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Phillies, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-5 with a solo home run, two stolen bases, and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Phillies. The homer was his 39th and the steals were his 35th and 36th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
 Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a 7-4 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 13th
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks, and three runs scored in Monday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 38th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
Notes 
 It may be tempting to snag Betts with the 1st pick over Trout, after the ridiculous season he just put together, but remember that he is just one year removed from batting .264 with 24 homers. There is a chance Betts outproduces Trout, but that isn't a risk you should gamble on.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Acuna met the seismic hype, and then some, by hitting .293/.366/.552 with 26 homers and 16 steals in 111 sizzling rookie games. He flaunted his MVP ceiling by posting a .429 wOBA and 19 of those long balls after the All-Star break. Challenging Mike Trout as baseball's best player is a real ceiling he could reach as soon as 2019. Before drafting him accordingly, beware a 25.3 K% and 74.6% contact rate sending his average backyard in his age-21 season. He may also run less often in the leadoff role.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 While Mike Trout is the consensus number one pick in fantasy drafts, Betts is a pretty nice consolation prize. Coming off a "down" 2017 season in which he hit just .268 but still went 20-20 and topped 100 runs and RBIs, Betts took his performance to another level in 2018, going 30-30 while hitting .346. Betts' .368 BABIP was a bit fortunate (making up for his .268 BABIP in 2017), but his true skill is that of a consistent .300 hitter. He also drew more walks and hit the ball with more authority than ever before. Betts was the number one player in standard 5x5 formats last season, and it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if he did it again.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Per plate apperance, Acuna was every bit as productive as consensus top-5 pick, Francisco Lindor, last season. Granted, Acuna doesn't qualify at shortstop, but that should tell you that the hype somehow hasn't driven him far enough up draft boards yet.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Following a down 2017, Betts became the first player since 2012 (Mike Trout and Ryan Braun) to hit .300 with 30 home runs and steals apiece. The career .303/.370/.518 hitter is averaging 29 homers, 27 steals, 117 runs, and 98 RBI over the past three years, upping his walk and hard-hit rates each step of the way. While last season's .346/.438/.640 slash line will be borderline impossible to fully sustain, a .430 wOBA (tied with Trout for MLB's lead) indicates limited regression. He's a five-category phenom who should lock down the second spot behind Trout in all formats.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Talk about a debut. At just 20 years old, Acuna performed like a seasoned fantasy star, producing 26 HRs, 16 SBs, and a .293 average across his first 111 Big League games. Some batting average regression could be coming his way following last year's high BABIP and strikeout rate, but then again Acuna whiffed much less in the second half, so perhaps he's already made an adjustment that can make him a consistent batting average asset. Acuna trailed only Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez, and Mike Trout in per game value in standard roto/categories leagues, and barring a sophomore slump, he should once again be a top-five outfielder.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros