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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Juan Soto (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
45 of 45 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 9
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 3# 28
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 2# 12
Best Rank# 1# 8
Worst Rank# 2# 13
   
Projections 
   
Runs4138
Home Runs1413
RBI3440
Stolen Bases124
Batting Average.288.299
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 9
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 3# 11
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 21
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 9
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 1# 10
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 8
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 6
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 10
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 6
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 11
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 12
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 10
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 4
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 28
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 10
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 13
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 2# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 10
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 12
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 10
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 9
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 6
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 11
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 8
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 15
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 11
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 2# 11
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 10
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 2# 13
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 5
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats626542
   
Runs127110
   
Hits175153
   
Singles11082
   
Doubles2232
   
Triples25
   
Home Runs4134
   
RBI101110
   
Stolen Bases3712
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks76108
   
Strikeouts188132
   
Batting Average.280.282
   
On Base Pct.365.401
   
Slugging Pct.518.548
   
On-base Plus Slugging.883.949
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats215195
   
Runs4138
   
Hits6258
   
Singles3733
   
Doubles1012
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1413
   
RBI3440
   
Stolen Bases124
   
Caught Stealing41
   
Walks2539
   
Strikeouts6348
   
Batting Average.288.299
   
On Base Pct.363.415
   
Slugging Pct.528.552
   
On-base Plus Slugging.891.968
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
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
Juan Soto came into contact with a teammate that tested positive for coronavirus, and is currently isolating away from Nationals Park.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Jul 7th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Tuesday's spring game against the Twins.
Steve Painter
Tue, Feb 25th
The Nationals called off Monday’s workout due to concerns with a delay in getting back COVID-19 test results.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 6th
 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
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Miami Marlins. The homer was his second of the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 10th
  Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-2 with two doubles in Thursday's Spring matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 5th
  Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-1 with two RBI, two walks, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Baltimore Orioles. The steal was his second in as many days.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 3rd
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
In OBP leagues, you can make the case for Soto to be the third player off the board, as his plate discipline may just be the best in the league. He's only going to get better, too, as there's more room for power growth in his game. His plate discipline gives him a safe floor moving forward, too.
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
It seemed impossible that Soto could be even better than his rookie year but that is just what we got with 34 homers, 110 RBIs, 110 runs and a .282 batting average to go with 12 steals. Considering how young he is, we may see even more in 2020 which would make his second round ADP a steal.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
I have some concerns that the stolen bases aren't going to develop like his offensive potential has and will continue to. He has Top 5 potential if he can become a 15-20 Stolen Base guy on top of his immense upside with the bat. He would rank higher if I felt more optimistic about the SBs.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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