Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Manny Machado (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
46 of 59 experts
22%
Recommended by
13 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 13
Best Rank# 1# 7
Worst Rank# 21# 160
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 9# 17
Best Rank# 8# 13
Worst Rank# 16# 21
   
Projections 
   
Runs9688
Home Runs3032
RBI8995
Stolen Bases2410
Batting Average.282.284
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 6# 14
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 23
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 17
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 31
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 15# 25
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 11# 13
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 12
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 15
   
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RotoChamp
# 8# 19
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 9
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 6# 21
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 15
   
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The Athletic
# 7# 10
   
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The Athletic
# 10# 12
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 18
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 10# 13
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 13
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 11
   
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Razzball
# 10# 14
   
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The Athletic
# 9# 22
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 14
   
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The Athletic
# 5# 11
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 9# 14
   
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Fake Teams
# 4# 14
   
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# 15# 160
   
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Sporfolio
# 8# 10
   
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Pitcher List
# 5# 12
   
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FantasyPros
# 6# 14
   
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# 8# 14
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 8
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 11# 14
   
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Razzball
# 3# 9
   
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RotoBaller
# 6# 14
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 10
   
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Freeze Stats
# 8# 10
   
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Razzball
# 4# 7
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 15# 22
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 7# 13
   
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Fantrax
# 8# 15
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 8# 20
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 14# 16
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 3# 14
   
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FanGraphs
# 7# 16
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 11
   
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SportsLine
# 9# 8
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 10# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 10# 9
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 12# 10
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 9
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 14# 11
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 15# 13
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 10
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 16# 7
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 16# 11
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 17# 14
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 19# 11
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 21# 13
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats433632
   
Runs7884
   
Hits127188
   
Singles71113
   
Doubles2635
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs2637
   
RBI64107
   
Stolen Bases1614
   
Caught Stealing52
   
Walks4570
   
Strikeouts123104
   
Batting Average.293.298
   
On Base Pct.366.367
   
Slugging Pct.552.538
   
On-base Plus Slugging.918.905
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats576595
   
Runs9688
   
Hits162169
   
Singles95101
   
Doubles3232
   
Triples53
   
Home Runs3032
   
RBI8995
   
Stolen Bases2410
   
Caught Stealing93
   
Walks5860
   
Strikeouts158104
   
Batting Average.282.284
   
On Base Pct.348.349
   
Slugging Pct.513.510
   
On-base Plus Slugging.860.859
   
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
News 
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, three runs scored, and two walks in Friday's win over the Giants. The homer was his 41st of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 21st
Manny Machado hit his 30th homer of the year in the Padres' 11-10 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 15th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 40th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 20th
Manny Machado went 0-for-5 with a strikeout as the Padres beat the Cubs 9-8 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies. The steal was his 37th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 18th
Manny Machado went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Padres' 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 5th
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-5 with a solo home run, two stolen bases, and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Phillies. The homer was his 39th and the steals were his 35th and 36th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, and two runs scored in the Padres' 8-3 loss to the Giants on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
 Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks, and three runs scored in Monday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 38th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
Manny Machado went 1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base in the Padres' 9-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 28th
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
Regardless of what you think about Machado, he has been a reliable force of nature the last few years and likely hasn't even come into his prime yet. The landing spot in San Diego isn't quite what you would think, as it has actually been a top half of the league ballpark for right-handed hitters since they moved their fences in. So don't hesitate to snag him at the end of the first round, as he seems destined for another 35+ homer, 90+ RBI, 90+ run season
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
Machado has four straight seasons with at least 33 home runs, and has finished as a top-20 hitter in standard 5x5 leagues in three of the last four years (he finished a still solid 42nd in 2017). The move to San Diego isn't ideal for his fantasy value, but Petco Park isn't nearly as much of a problem for hitters as it once was, particularly when it comes to right-handed power hitters like Machado. Padres manager Andy Green also sends runners much more frequently than the Orioles or Dodgers do, which could help Machado's stolen base totals.
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
Along with setting personal highs in each element of his .297/.367/.538 slash line, Machado bashed 37 homers and stole 14 bases, a significant development since he stole none in 2016. He has hit 33 homers in at least 690 plate appearances in each of the last four seasons, so he'd probably be considered a first-round lock if not for remaining unsigned. Now that he established 2017's funk as the clear outlier, Machado is a trustworthy stud eligible for shortstop and third (16 games) in most formats. Signing the Padres doesn't kill his worth, but he's someone to target near the Round ½ turn rather than inside the top 10.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros