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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Mike Trout (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Expert
Recommendation
79%
Recommended by
41 of 52 experts
21%
Recommended by
11 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 1# 2
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 3
   
Projections 
   
Runs4040
Home Runs1415
RBI3436
Stolen Bases115
Batting Average.285.306
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 6
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 2
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 3
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 3
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 3
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 2
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 1# 2
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 2
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1# 14
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 9
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 6
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 2
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 2# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 1# 2
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 5
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 6
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 10
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 2
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 2
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 3
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 3
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 3
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 16
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 10
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 2
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 10
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 2
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 2
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 1# 2
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 2
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 8
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 1
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 1
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 2# 1
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 2# 1
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 1
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 1
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 1
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 1
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 1
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 3# 2
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 1
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats626470
   
Runs127110
   
Hits175138
   
Singles11064
   
Doubles2227
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs4145
   
RBI101104
   
Stolen Bases3711
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks76110
   
Strikeouts188120
   
Batting Average.280.294
   
On Base Pct.365.440
   
Slugging Pct.518.647
   
On-base Plus Slugging.8831.087
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats214172
   
Runs4040
   
Hits6153
   
Singles3627
   
Doubles1010
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1415
   
RBI3436
   
Stolen Bases115
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks2541
   
Strikeouts6245
   
Batting Average.285.306
   
On Base Pct.359.439
   
Slugging Pct.525.620
   
On-base Plus Slugging.8851.059
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
News 
 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
Mike Trout did not play during Sunday's 5-0 loss against the Dodgers to conclude the Angels season.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Sep 28th
 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
Mike Trout connected for a three-run home run in Friday’s loss to the Dodgers. Trout smashed a Clayton Kershaw curveball with two on and two out in the top of the third inning to briefly give the Angels the lead. It was the first home run of Trout’s career off of the future Hall-of-Fame pitcher. He finished the game 1-for-4 with one run and three RBI.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 26th
 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
Angels megastar Mike Trout drove in the winning run for the Angels on Saturday night, lacing a go-ahead RBI single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Angels a 4-3 victory over the Rangers. The RBI single was Trout’s only hit of the evening, but he sure did make it count. Trout finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Sep 20th
 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
Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout in a 9-8 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 16th
 Ronald Acuna was scratched on Sunday due to a wrist issue, but is expected to play Wednesday.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Sep 27th
Angels superstar center-fielder Mike Trout connected for his major league-leading 16th home run on Wednesday night, crushing a low fastball deep into the left center-field seats at Globe Life Field (estimated 449 ft). Trout finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI in a 6-2 win over Texas.
Lucas Spence
Thu, Sep 10th
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
Potential verse reliability is the question here. Acuna and Trout are likely to have comparable home run totals while Acuna should steal more bases. We know what we're getting from Trout and with Rendon in the lineup, maybe 2020 is a career year. It wouldn't surprise me to see Acuna have the better statistical 2020, but Trout's reliability gets my pick at #1.1.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
Having Trout third feels weird, but there are concerns with his wife's due date in August for how much time Trout will miss. Even, on the low end, 45 games of Trout is better than the vast majority of the league. He could miss more time than anticipated, or not miss much at all. It's worth baking in the risk here, but moving him lower than third overall as the safest player to return value in the first round, is a mistake.
Michael Waterloo - 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
Trout may not be the clear-cut number one player in fantasy this year, but that's of no fault of his own, as he's coming off one of his best seasons ever, with a career-high 45 home runs in just 134 games. If you were desperate to find a knock on Trout, it's that he hasn't topped 140 games in any of his last three seasons, and his 11 stolen bases last year tied his low in a single season. But that's all window dressing on a truly special player who is obviously a top-three pick at worst.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 If you play in a league that values steals you can justify taking him over Trout
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
It would be nice if he stole 20 bases again but I mean...it's Mike Trout
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros