Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Jose Altuve (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
40 of 56 experts
29%
Recommended by
16 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 10
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 21# 35
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 9# 14
Best Rank# 8# 7
Worst Rank# 16# 17
   
Projections 
   
Runs9695
Home Runs3018
RBI8980
Stolen Bases2422
Batting Average.282.317
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 6# 12
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 12
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 8
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 11# 15
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 11
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 8# 9
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 19
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 21
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 6# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 9
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 7# 13
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 19# 29
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 9
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 16
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 10# 15
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 10# 15
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 15
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 5# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 9# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 8# 9
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 9# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 16
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 10# 14
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 6# 11
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 8# 10
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 19
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 24
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 19
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 21
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 12
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 4# 17
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 9# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 8# 9
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 3# 9
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 11
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 13
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 7
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 9# 6
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 10# 9
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 11# 8
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 12# 11
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 8
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 14# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 15# 3
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 15# 10
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 15# 8
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 15# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 5
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 16# 9
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 16# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 17# 13
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 21# 5
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats433534
   
Runs7884
   
Hits127169
   
Singles71125
   
Doubles2629
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs2613
   
RBI6461
   
Stolen Bases1617
   
Caught Stealing54
   
Walks4555
   
Strikeouts12379
   
Batting Average.293.317
   
On Base Pct.366.386
   
Slugging Pct.552.451
   
On-base Plus Slugging.918.837
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats576582
   
Runs9695
   
Hits162184
   
Singles95128
   
Doubles3235
   
Triples53
   
Home Runs3018
   
RBI8980
   
Stolen Bases2422
   
Caught Stealing96
   
Walks5856
   
Strikeouts15880
   
Batting Average.282.317
   
On Base Pct.348.377
   
Slugging Pct.513.483
   
On-base Plus Slugging.860.859
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
News 
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in Sunday's blowout win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The homer was his 16th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 17th
Altuve will kick off a rehab assignment Friday night with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 14th
 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
Jose Altuve (hamstring, knee) appears close to beginning a rehab assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
 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
Jose Altuve has been pulled from his minor league rehab assignment due to "fatigue and soreness" in his knee.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
 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
Jose Altuve (hamstring) took batting practice on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
 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
Astros manager A.J. Hinch says Jose Altuve is likely heading to the injured list with a hamstring injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 11th
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
It can be easy to be discouraged by Altuve "only" batting .316 with limited power and steals, but the injury seemed to influence his performance much more than most realize. You can expect a return to his 20 homer, 30 steal, 110 runs season with a batting average north of .330
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
Altuve is coming off a down year by his high standards, although he still finished just inside the top-60 players in standard 5x5 roto formats. Fantasy owners should expect a modest rebound, but it would be unwise to expect Altuve to fully return to the first round player he once was. His back-to-back 24 HR seasons in 2016 and 2017 always looked unsustainable based on his high ground ball rate, and while last year's 13 homers may be his floor in that department, fantasy owners shouldn't realistically expect more than 15-17. Meanwhile, Altuve's sprint speed is down and his stolen base attempts have declined for five straight years, suggesting that he may not steal 20 bases, let alone 30.
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
Last year's consensus No. 2 pick, Altuve stumbled to just 13 homers and 17 steals in 137 games. Despite the down year, drafters should pounce if the 2017 AL MVP falls into the second round. He was batting .342 through June before a knee injury interfered, eventually forcing the first DL appearance of his career. After an offseason to heal, he should veer closer to 20-homer, 25-steal form with a sky-high average and plenty of scoring output in Houston's star-studded lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros