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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Cody Bellinger (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
45 of 45 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 4
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 3# 9
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 2# 4
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 2# 4
   
Projections 
   
Runs4139
Home Runs1315
RBI3440
Stolen Bases115
Batting Average.286.293
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 3
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 3# 5
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 4
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 4
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 4
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 1# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 4
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 4
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 4
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 4
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 4
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 4
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 4
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 4
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 2# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 4
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 7
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 5
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 4
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 4
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 4
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 4
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 2# 5
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 2# 7
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 4
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats626558
   
Runs127121
   
Hits175170
   
Singles11086
   
Doubles2234
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs4147
   
RBI101115
   
Stolen Bases3715
   
Caught Stealing95
   
Walks7695
   
Strikeouts188108
   
Batting Average.280.305
   
On Base Pct.365.406
   
Slugging Pct.518.629
   
On-base Plus Slugging.8831.035
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats214198
   
Runs4139
   
Hits6158
   
Singles3730
   
Doubles1011
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1315
   
RBI3440
   
Stolen Bases115
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks2531
   
Strikeouts6346
   
Batting Average.286.293
   
On Base Pct.360.389
   
Slugging Pct.523.579
   
On-base Plus Slugging.883.968
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
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
Cody Bellinger (back) is in the Dodgers' lineup on Thursday versus the Athletics.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 5th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Tuesday's spring game against the Twins.
Steve Painter
Tue, Feb 25th
Cody Bellinger was scratched earlier this week and is not in the lineup today due to “side discomfort”, however, Ken Gurnick reported today that it was due to a knot in Bellinger’s back. There were rumblings about the issue occurring after Bellinger’s viral Top Golf video. The reigning MVP is not in the lineup today but is working out in full.
Matthew Davis
Wed, Mar 4th
 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
Cody Bellinger was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Reds with side discomfort.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Mar 2nd
  Cody Bellinger signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with Los Angeles on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jan 10th
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 Dodgers are going to be a headache for fantasy managers this year, but Bellinger is one of the players who you can count on for everyday, elite production. Having first base eligibility lifts his stock even more, since first base is a top-heavy position this year. Bellinger lowered his strikeout rate and raised his walk rate, but the most impressive part of his growth last season was his ability to hit lefties to the tune of .280 - up from .226 the year prior.
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
Bellinger had a tremendous season, drastically improving his walk rate and cutting his strikeout rate, and setting career highs in each of the five standard rotisserie categories. If there's a knock on Bellinger's season, it's that so much of his production came in the first half, and particularly in March where he batted .431 with 14 home runs. Beginning in June, he batted .280 or lower in each month, and he batted just .261 in the second half. But the numbers all count, and although it's reasonable to expect Bellinger to take a slight step back from his overall 2019 numbers, it still leaves him as a top-five pick.
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
After his ridiculous start in April, Bellinger cooled off for sure, but still played at a 43 HR, 102 RBI, 116 R, 13 SB, .274 pace. He doesn't come with the risk some are suggesting as let's remember, he was still just 23 years old in his down season of 2018. You can draft him in the top-five with confidence but behind Trout, Acuna and Betts.
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
I project regression across the board. 30-35 HRs, 8-13 SBs in 2020 rather than his 47/15 2019. Still a really strong season, still qualifies in the outfield and a slightly better Dodger than Betts with upside to provide 40/15 if his regression is less severe than my projections. Thats why he ranks ahead of Betts but behind the dual-threat middle infielders at picks 4-6.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData