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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Francisco Lindor (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
45 of 45 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 6
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 3# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 2# 8
Best Rank# 1# 7
Worst Rank# 2# 9
   
Projections 
   
Runs4139
Home Runs1412
RBI3431
Stolen Bases128
Batting Average.288.289
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 5
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 3# 16
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 10
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 5
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 1# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 7
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 7
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 9
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 7
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 2# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 6
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 6
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 8
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 8
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 2# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 8
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 2# 5
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats626598
   
Runs127101
   
Hits175170
   
Singles11096
   
Doubles2240
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs4132
   
RBI10174
   
Stolen Bases3722
   
Caught Stealing95
   
Walks7646
   
Strikeouts18898
   
Batting Average.280.284
   
On Base Pct.365.335
   
Slugging Pct.518.518
   
On-base Plus Slugging.883.854
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats215221
   
Runs4139
   
Hits6264
   
Singles3737
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1412
   
RBI3431
   
Stolen Bases128
   
Caught Stealing42
   
Walks2520
   
Strikeouts6336
   
Batting Average.288.289
   
On Base Pct.363.349
   
Slugging Pct.528.522
   
On-base Plus Slugging.891.871
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
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
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic writes that Francisco Lindor has halted contract negotiations with the Indians.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Tuesday's spring game against the Twins.
Steve Painter
Tue, Feb 25th
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a Cactus League loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Mar 8th
 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
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 6-2 Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Mar 4th
  Francisco Lindor has agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million deal with the Indians. Lindor will have the opportunity to earn more in awards bonuses.
Rob Ingalsbe
Fri, Jan 10th
  Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti has said on multiple occasions that he expects the 26-year-old shortstop to be with the team on Opening Day. Antonetti reiterated that stance on Wednesday. "I have never had a different expectation other than Francisco will be our shortstop Opening Day," Antonetti said. "That was my expectation as the season ended. That’s still my expectation as I’m sitting here today."
Rob Ingalsbe
Wed, Jan 8th
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
Lindor is the definition of a safe player, which is great at this point in the draft. There were concerns he wouldn't run much in 2019 with his Spring Training calf injury, but he still stole 22 bases. He's an elite-contact bat, who should post double-digit steals and homers in the shortened season.
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
Lindor's 2019 season got off to a rocky start with a right calf strain in February followed by a sprained left ankle in March. But when he returned in late April, he didn't miss a beat, putting up a classic 30-20 season and contributing in all five categories. There were some minor negatives for Lindor - his strikeout rate went up, his walk rate went down, and he had an expected batting average of just .276, the lowest of his career. But Lindor's floor at this point is so enormously high that he's one of the few no-risk players, and he shouldn't slip past the top 10 in drafts or, frankly, the top seven.
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
Even despite missing the first month, Lindor went for 32 homers, 22 steals and 101 runs. He has been steady for three seasons and could very easily take another leap into the top tier of fantasy assets this year but he'll need that batting average to leap in order to get there.
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
Betts and Lindor should be statistical equals, so I'll take the shortstop over the outfielder.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData