Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Bryce Harper (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
39 of 59 experts
34%
Recommended by
20 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 9
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 21# 25
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 9# 16
Best Rank# 8# 11
Worst Rank# 16# 20
   
Projections 
   
Runs9699
Home Runs3035
RBI89101
Stolen Bases2411
Batting Average.282.269
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 6# 8
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 13
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 10
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 8
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 8# 21
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 10
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 6# 10
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 11
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 7# 9
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 12
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 10
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 10# 12
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 9# 12
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 12
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 5# 16
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 9# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 11
   
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Sporfolio
# 8# 21
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 21# 25
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 15
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 10# 12
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 6# 21
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 8# 9
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 12
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 11# 16
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 13
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 13
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 14
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 4# 8
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 10# 14
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 9# 13
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 8# 12
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 8# 11
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 3# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 15
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 12
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 5
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 7# 6
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 6
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 10# 7
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 10# 9
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 11# 8
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 11
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 12# 8
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 14# 8
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 12
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 14# 10
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 15# 14
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 15# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 15# 10
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 15# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 9
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 16# 11
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 16# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 17# 12
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 19# 2
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats433550
   
Runs78103
   
Hits127137
   
Singles7169
   
Doubles2634
   
Triples40
   
Home Runs2634
   
RBI64100
   
Stolen Bases1613
   
Caught Stealing53
   
Walks45130
   
Strikeouts123169
   
Batting Average.293.249
   
On Base Pct.366.393
   
Slugging Pct.552.496
   
On-base Plus Slugging.918.889
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats576516
   
Runs9699
   
Hits162139
   
Singles9573
   
Doubles3229
   
Triples51
   
Home Runs3035
   
RBI89101
   
Stolen Bases2411
   
Caught Stealing94
   
Walks58111
   
Strikeouts158145
   
Batting Average.282.269
   
On Base Pct.348.398
   
Slugging Pct.513.533
   
On-base Plus Slugging.860.931
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Bryce Harper
CF,RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
News 
 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
Bryce Harper was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Red Sox.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 15th
 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
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored, and a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Braves. The steal was his 12th of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 12th
 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
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 31st of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 11th
 Ronald Acuna is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 31st
Bryce Harper (hand) remains on the bench Sunday against the Mets.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 8th
 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
Bryce Harper (hand) is not in Saturday’s lineup against the Mets.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Notes 
 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
Harper may have posted just a .249 batting average in 2018, but the rest of his fantasy production was tremendous, plus his underlying metrics indicate the average returning closer to the .270 mark in 2019. His fantasy value improved when he signed with Philly because their ballpark is great for lefties, but he is still just a 2nd round pick.
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
After scaring fantasy owners with rumors that he could sign with the Giants, Harper ultimately stuck with the original plan and ended up in a great hitting environment in Philadelphia. The move is unquestionably a good one for his fantasy value, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about what kind of numbers to expect from Harper. Over the last four seasons, he has two years where he's hit over .315 and two where he's hit under .250. He's also hit as many as 42 HRs and as few as 24, and stolen as many as 21 bases and as few as four. Harper always contributes enough production to be a prized fantasy asset, but he only has one season on his resume where he's earned first round value. He could be a bit overrated now that he's signed with the Phillies.
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
A wide dissonance remains from what drafters want from Harper and what he typically delivers. With batting averages of .330, .243, .319, and .249 over the last four years, there's a steep range of outcomes for a perennial top pick averaging 32 homers and 11 steals in that stretch. His latest drop came with a career-low 70.8% contact rate, so count on a compromise to around .270 rather than a full rebound. Now that he has signed with the Phillies, he should belt closer to 35-40 long balls with the help of Citizens Bank Park. The ideal landing spot pushes him up to early second-round territory, and it wouldn't be surprising to see some drafters grab him late in the first.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros