Who Should I Draft?

Nolan Arenado or Ronald Acuna Jr. (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Expert
Recommendation
85%
Recommended by
50 of 59 experts
15%
Recommended by
9 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 8
Best Rank# 3# 1
Worst Rank# 10# 21
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 6# 9
Best Rank# 3# 8
Worst Rank# 7# 16
   
Projections 
   
Runs10096
Home Runs3830
RBI11389
Stolen Bases324
Batting Average.292.282
   
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# 3# 8
   
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# 8# 15
   
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# 3# 11
   
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USA Today
# 4# 7
   
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# 5# 8
   
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# 10# 3
   
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats590433
   
Runs10478
   
Hits175127
   
Singles9771
   
Doubles3826
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs3826
   
RBI11064
   
Stolen Bases216
   
Caught Stealing25
   
Walks7345
   
Strikeouts122123
   
Batting Average.297.293
   
On Base Pct.374.366
   
Slugging Pct.561.552
   
On-base Plus Slugging.935.918
   
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats587576
   
Runs10096
   
Hits172162
   
Singles9195
   
Doubles3832
   
Triples45
   
Home Runs3830
   
RBI11389
   
Stolen Bases324
   
Caught Stealing29
   
Walks6658
   
Strikeouts113158
   
Batting Average.292.282
   
On Base Pct.363.348
   
Slugging Pct.561.513
   
On-base Plus Slugging.924.860
   
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
News 
 Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, a walk, and two RBI as the Rockies fell to the Cardinals 10-3 on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 13th
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
 Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
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
 Nolan Arenado hit his 37th homer of the year as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers 5-3 on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 4th
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 37th of the season, while the steal was his 34th.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
 Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with two singles as the Rockies fell to the Pirates 9-4 on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
Ronald Acuna is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 31st
 Nolan Arenado went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, and two runs scored in the Rockies' 11-4 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 0-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Rockies. The steal was his 31st of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 27th
Notes 
 Drafters know what they're getting in Arenado, who has batted no lower than .287 with at least 37 homers and 110 RBI in the last four years. He has played all but 16 games in those four seasons, making him a durable beacon of consistency worthy of a first-round selection. He signed an extension during the offseason, so investors no longer need to worry about a midseason trade removing him from Coors Field. A lack of steals is an unfortunate, but acceptable tradeoff for locking in bankable production at every other category.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Arenado might not feel like the sexiest pick at this stage because he isn't the hot new name, nor is he a five-category star, but there is nothing wrong with boring old reliability. He has averaged 40 homers, 125 RBIs and 100 runs while batting .297 over the last four seasons. Don't let him slip past this 5th pick in your drafts.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
 When it comes to elite production that you can bank on year in and year out, look no further than Arenado. Some people will quibble that his lack of steals makes him a four-category player, but that hasn't stopped Arenado from producing four straight seasons as a top-10 overall hitter in standard 5x5 leagues. The only other knock on Arenado is that he is much better in the thin air of Coors Field, but fresh off a record-breaking contract extension, fantasy owners no longer need to worry about the possibility of a mid-season trade out of Colorado. You can write it down in marker that he will provide around 40 home runs, 100 runs, 110 RBIs, and a batting average in the .290 range, making Arenado a nice bargain at his average draft position (ADP) of 6.8.
Andrew Seifter - 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