Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Charlie Blackmon (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Charlie Blackmon
CF - COL
Charlie Blackmon
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
49 of 56 experts
13%
Recommended by
7 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 19
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 21# 31
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 9# 26
Best Rank# 8# 25
Worst Rank# 16# 28
   
Projections 
   
Runs96109
Home Runs3028
RBI8978
Stolen Bases2412
Batting Average.282.296
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 6# 19
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 26
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 19
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 17
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 11# 26
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 20
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 16
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 29
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 26
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 6# 19
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 18
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 7# 17
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 10# 26
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 14# 17
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 16# 19
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 23
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 13
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 12# 13
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 10# 14
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 18
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 18
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 10# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 15# 21
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 9# 14
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 19
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 5# 19
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 9# 19
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 18
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 9# 20
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 19
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 10# 21
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 17# 18
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 6# 12
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 8# 21
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 18
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 11# 21
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 22
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 18
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 31
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 24
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 4# 21
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 15# 21
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 9# 14
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 8# 20
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 3# 25
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 19
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 16# 18
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 18
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 8# 6
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 8# 5
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 11
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 15# 10
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 15# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 19# 14
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 21# 11
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Charlie Blackmon
CF - COL
Charlie Blackmon
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats433626
   
Runs78119
   
Hits127182
   
Singles71115
   
Doubles2631
   
Triples47
   
Home Runs2629
   
RBI6470
   
Stolen Bases1612
   
Caught Stealing54
   
Walks4559
   
Strikeouts123134
   
Batting Average.293.291
   
On Base Pct.366.358
   
Slugging Pct.552.502
   
On-base Plus Slugging.918.860
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Charlie Blackmon
CF - COL
Charlie Blackmon
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats576593
   
Runs96109
   
Hits162176
   
Singles95109
   
Doubles3231
   
Triples57
   
Home Runs3028
   
RBI8978
   
Stolen Bases2412
   
Caught Stealing95
   
Walks5855
   
Strikeouts158122
   
Batting Average.282.296
   
On Base Pct.348.356
   
Slugging Pct.513.516
   
On-base Plus Slugging.860.872
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Charlie Blackmon
CF - COL
Charlie Blackmon
News 
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Monday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The homer was his 15th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Jun 11th
Charlie Blackmon went 4-for-5 with two homers, four RBI, and two runs scored as the Rockies beat the Padres 9-6 on Thursday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-6 with a three-run home run and a walk in Sunday's win over the Marlins. The homer was his 14th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 10th
Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored as the Rockies beat the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three RBIs in Friday's win over the Miami Marlins. The homer was his 13th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, and two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cubs 6-5 on Monday evening.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The homer was his 12th of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jun 6th
Charlie Blackmon is leading off and playing right field on Saturday versus the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. The steal was his eighth of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 5th
Blackmon was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday's game against the New York Mets.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 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
While Blackmon wasn't the number one fantasy asset like in 2017, he still knocked 29 homers, led the league in runs and batted .291, and don't forget, that was a down year. If that is his floor, fantasy owners are getting a steal in the late 2nd round.
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
Blackmon doesn't receive the fanfare of guys like Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton, but he's outperformed them in standard roto/categories leagues for three years running. Even though his numbers predictably tailed off considerably from his bonkers 2017 season, Blackmon still finished as a top-six outfielder and top-14 overall hitter last season. His stolen bases are on a three-year decline, but he should still be able to reach double digits, and there's not much evidence his skills are otherwise deteriorating at age 32. As long as his skills remain constant and he remains in Colorado, last season's .291 batting average is close to the floor for Blackmon, and another year above .320 is entirely possible.
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
Blackmon's down year (.291, 29 HR, 119 R, 12 SB) was still far better than most players' best year. Nevertheless, 2017's 37 homers now looks like the clear outlier for a 32-year-old yet to reach 30 in another season. He has also stolen fewer bases in each of the last three seasons. Yet this is still someone who has logged over 640 plate appearances and hit at least .287 in each of his five full seasons as an everyday starter. Nobody has scored more runs (542) during that timeframe, and he's no longer a flight risk after signing an extension through 2023 with the Rockies. Blackmon remains an elite stat-stuffer with little downside as a borderline top-25 pick.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros