Who Should I Draft?

Nicholas Castellanos or A.J. Pollock (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - DET
Nicholas Castellanos
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
38 of 56 experts
32%
Recommended by
18 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 53# 61
Best Rank# 35# 41
Worst Rank# 88# 111
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 90# 92
Best Rank# 53# 77
Worst Rank# 100# 121
   
Projections 
   
Runs8278
Home Runs2521
RBI9069
Stolen Bases317
Batting Average.283.263
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 66# 68
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 77
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 48# 52
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 48# 72
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 51# 65
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 51# 64
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 47# 73
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 55# 63
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 69# 78
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 47# 63
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 41# 98
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 51# 66
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 55# 58
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 54# 55
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 48# 83
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 46# 64
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 39# 64
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 77
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 47# 70
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 48# 77
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 51# 111
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 39# 50
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 53# 69
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 59# 65
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 48# 54
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 49# 57
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 60# 80
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 58# 67
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 74
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 44# 50
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 63# 73
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 56# 80
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 67# 72
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 53# 62
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 49# 61
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 35# 68
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 45# 50
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 58# 64
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 50# 41
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 52# 48
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 56# 53
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 56# 50
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 57# 55
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 62# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 64# 61
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 64# 50
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 65# 59
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 65# 47
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 65# 53
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 69# 50
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 69# 49
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 78# 77
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 79# 74
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 80# 63
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 86# 79
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 88# 57
   
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - DET
Nicholas Castellanos
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats620413
   
Runs8861
   
Hits185106
   
Singles11159
   
Doubles4621
   
Triples55
   
Home Runs2321
   
RBI8965
   
Stolen Bases213
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks4931
   
Strikeouts151100
   
Batting Average.298.257
   
On Base Pct.354.316
   
Slugging Pct.500.484
   
On-base Plus Slugging.854.800
   
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - DET
Nicholas Castellanos
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats592504
   
Runs8278
   
Hits168133
   
Singles9779
   
Doubles3929
   
Triples64
   
Home Runs2521
   
RBI9069
   
Stolen Bases317
   
Caught Stealing25
   
Walks4741
   
Strikeouts141104
   
Batting Average.283.263
   
On Base Pct.336.318
   
Slugging Pct.498.462
   
On-base Plus Slugging.834.780
   
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - DET
Nicholas Castellanos
A.J. Pollock
CF - LAD
A.J. Pollock
News 
 Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-2 with a double, a steal, two walks, two runs, and an RBI in a 5-4 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
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
 Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-4 in an 8-0 loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
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
 Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Royals on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Wednesday that A.J. Pollock will undergo elbow surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
 Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-4 with a double in a 4-0 loss to the Rays on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
A.J. Pollock will undergo exploratory surgery to determine the severity of his right elbow infection.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
 Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in an 8-2 win over the Braves on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 1st
A.J. Pollock has been placed on the 10-day IL with right elbow inflammation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
Notes 
 There's no doubt that Castellanos is a solid fantasy option, but last season's .298 batting average looks due for quite a bit of regression, he doesn't run, and his run production numbers could also take a hit as the Tigers enter into a full-on rebuild. There are better outfielders available at his late-seventh round ADP.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 After showing solid contact in 2016 and power in 2017, Castellanos put it all together to hit .298/.354/.500 with 23 homers. Even playing every day in a desolate Detroit lineup led him to 88 runs and 89 RBI, so he's a high-floor option entering his age-27 season. The ceiling, however, is also limited. While he continues to make more hard contact, he'll struggle to maintain such a high average with the third-highest swinging-strike rate (15.8%) of all qualified hitters. Pay for a steady hand rather than a burgeoning star with more room for growth.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Castellanos was a disappointment for so long that it may still be hanging over his stock. The fact of the matter, however, is that he has been great the past two season, hitting .285 with 49 homers and 190 RBIs. He only qualifies as an outfielder now, but should be regarded every bit as high as someone like Justin Upton or Mitch Haniger.
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