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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
52 of 52 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 6
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 3# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 1# 8
Best Rank# 1# 7
Worst Rank# 3# 9
   
Projections 
   
Runs4038
Home Runs1412
RBI3433
Stolen Bases117
Batting Average.285.288
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 5
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 3# 16
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 9
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 5
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 1# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1# 18
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 7
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 2# 4
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 1# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 7
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 15
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 6
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 6
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 7
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 6
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 5
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 7
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 1# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 10
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 8
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 2# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 8
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 2# 5
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 6
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 7
   
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 Bats214219
   
Runs4038
   
Hits6163
   
Singles3636
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1412
   
RBI3433
   
Stolen Bases117
   
Caught Stealing32
   
Walks2520
   
Strikeouts6236
   
Batting Average.285.288
   
On Base Pct.359.349
   
Slugging Pct.525.524
   
On-base Plus Slugging.885.872
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
News 
 OF Ronald Acuna played through a sore left wrist throughout the postseason.
Brad Camara
Tue, Oct 20th
Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Indians' Game 1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 30th
 Ronald Acuña Jr went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the Braves 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Oct 17th
Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-2 with three walks, a run, and a steal in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 26th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Miami Marlins in Game 1 of the NLDS. He was also hit by a pitch.
Mike Maher
Tue, Oct 6th
Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round. The steal was his first of the postseason.
Mike Maher
Thu, Oct 1st
Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and a steal in a 1-0 win over Detroit on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 19th
 Braves manager Brian Snitker says Ronald Acuna (wrist) is expected to lead off in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 29th
Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a walk, and four RBI in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 16th
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
 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
 If you play in a league that values steals you can justify taking him over Trout
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Missed the first few weeks of 2019 and still went 32/22
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros