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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Christian Yelich (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
33 of 45 experts
27%
Recommended by
12 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 2
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 4
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 2# 3
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 2# 3
   
Projections 
   
Runs4139
Home Runs1313
RBI3437
Stolen Bases119
Batting Average.286.316
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 2
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 2
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 2
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 3
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 1# 3
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 3
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 2
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 3
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 2
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 3
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 3
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 3
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 2# 3
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 2
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 3
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 3
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 2
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 3
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 3
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 2# 4
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 2# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 3
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 1
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 1
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 1
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 1
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 1
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 1
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 1
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 2
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 2
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 3# 1
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 1
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 2
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats626489
   
Runs127100
   
Hits175161
   
Singles11085
   
Doubles2229
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs4144
   
RBI10197
   
Stolen Bases3730
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks7680
   
Strikeouts188118
   
Batting Average.280.329
   
On Base Pct.365.429
   
Slugging Pct.518.671
   
On-base Plus Slugging.8831.100
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats214201
   
Runs4139
   
Hits6164
   
Singles3737
   
Doubles1013
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1313
   
RBI3437
   
Stolen Bases119
   
Caught Stealing32
   
Walks2529
   
Strikeouts6349
   
Batting Average.286.316
   
On Base Pct.360.403
   
Slugging Pct.523.575
   
On-base Plus Slugging.883.978
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
News 
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Houston Astros. The steal was his second of the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 11th
Christian Yelich will make his spring debut Friday against the Giants.
Brad Camara
Fri, Mar 6th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Tuesday's spring game against the Twins.
Steve Painter
Tue, Feb 25th
Christian Yelich signed a seven-year, $188.5 million extension with the Brewers on Thursday.
Brad Camara
Thu, Mar 5th
 Braves manager Brian Snitker announced that Ronald Acuna will hit leadoff for the duration of the 2020 season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jan 25th
Outfielder Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers are close to an agreement on a new contract worth more than $200 million, according to a report from MLB insider Ken Rosenthal.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 3rd
  Christian Yelich (knee) is expected to make his 2020 Cactus League debut late this week.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 1st
  Christian Yelich told reporters that he's good to go and feeling great, adding that he should be ready to go for the start of Spring Training.
Blaine Blontz
Sat, Jan 11th
Notes 
 In a category-based leagues, don't overthink it - even in a shortened season. You're taking Acuña first overall. The only concern is the high strikeout rate, but you can still bank on a .285 average with 15 homers and nearly 15 steals in the shortened season. He's going to hold down the top spot for years to come.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
The late start to the season helps Yelich and his managers, as his knee is no longer a concern. There's a care to be made for taking him anywhere from first to fifth overall, but his production over the past few years doesn't lie. He'll give you a .300 average with double-digit homers and steals in a solid lineup.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 We knew Acuna would develop into an elite fantasy option one day, but few saw it happening this quickly. He combined power (41 homers), speed (37 stolen bases), and his spot batting atop an outstanding lineup (127 runs, 101 RBI) to put up one of the all-around great seasons. He'll stick in the leadoff spot this year, which should ensure that he continues to run early and often, and there's little reason to expect his numbers to dip much from last year. In points leagues, where his strikeout rate is a bit of a negative, his stock falls just a tad, but otherwise, no one would fault you if you made him the top pick in the draft.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Yelich followed up his preposterous 2018 season with an even better one in 2019, batting .329 with 44 home runs and 30 steals in just 130 games. His ridiculous 35% HR/FB rate regressed as expected, but only to a still nonsensical 32.8%, best in MLB. The issue with Yelich for 2020 has nothing to do with his talent, but is instead all about the fractured kneecap that prematurely ended his season. He's reportedly on track to be ready by Opening Day, but there's obviously a modicum of risk to factor in.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Acuna went 41/37 in homers/steals last season as a sophomore but the batting average is likely going to be 20-30 points below Trout and the homers may end up 10 behind. Most are taking Acuna first anyways because of the difference in steals and frankly, you can't go wrong with either.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Although Trout and Acuna were both phenomenal last year, it was Yelich who finished as the #1 fantasy player in baseball. Despite missing 30 games, he still hit 44 homers with 30 steals and a .329 batting average. Don't be shocked if he goes 50/30 with a batting crown this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 I wrote in 2019 that Acuna was being under drafted. This season I am seeing regression (in stolen bases specifically) that won't much matter to his overall ADP with one exception, he is my #2 rather than first overall, even though he has more potential to be the best statistical performer in 2020. Draft him 1.1 if you want, but Trout is the safer top pick. Can't go wrong with either choice.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData