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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Mookie Betts (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mookie Betts
2B,CF,RF - LAD
Mookie Betts
Expert
Recommendation
86%
Recommended by
44 of 51 experts
14%
Recommended by
7 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 2
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 5# 5
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 1# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 2# 4
   
Projections 
   
Runs122121
Home Runs4033
RBI9692
Stolen Bases2922
Batting Average.280.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 3
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 2
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 3
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 3
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 3
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 3
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 4
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 1# 3
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 1# 2
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 4
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 1# 3
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 2
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 2
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 4
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 2
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 2
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 2
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 4
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 3
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 3
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 4
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 1# 2
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 2
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 3
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 1# 4
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 1
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 1
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 1
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 2# 1
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 1
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 1
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 5# 4
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mookie Betts
2B,CF,RF - LAD
Mookie Betts
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats160219
   
Runs4647
   
Hits4064
   
Singles1538
   
Doubles119
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs1416
   
RBI2939
   
Stolen Bases810
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks3824
   
Strikeouts6038
   
Batting Average.250.292
   
On Base Pct.406.366
   
Slugging Pct.581.562
   
On-base Plus Slugging.987.928
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mookie Betts
2B,CF,RF - LAD
Mookie Betts
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats573581
   
Runs122121
   
Hits159169
   
Singles8796
   
Doubles2936
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs4033
   
RBI9692
   
Stolen Bases2922
   
Caught Stealing85
   
Walks8581
   
Strikeouts176103
   
Batting Average.280.294
   
On Base Pct.374.381
   
Slugging Pct.546.537
   
On-base Plus Slugging.920.918
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mookie Betts
2B,CF,RF - LAD
Mookie Betts
News 
 Ronald Acuna Jr. will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a complete tear of his right ACL.
Dan Harris
Sat, Jul 10th
Outfielder Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored, a walk, and a strikeout in the Dodgers' 11-9 win over the Padres on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 30th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. was carted off the field in the Braves game against Miami on Saturday.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Jul 10th
Outfielder Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a single, a run scored, and a walk as the Dodgers lost to the Rockies 10-5 on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two singles, a walk, and two additional runs scored in Wednesday's game against the Pirates.
Steve Painter
Wed, Jul 7th
Outfielder Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 3-1 on Friday.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Sep 18th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run scored, and three strikeouts in Monday's game against the Pirates.
Steve Painter
Mon, Jul 5th
Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 on the day, highlighted by a solo shot in the fifth inning that made it 2-0 Dodgers. He also tallied another run and RBI later in the game.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 13th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and an additional RBI in Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Steve Painter
Sun, Jul 4th
Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 on the day, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth inning to make it 5-2. He'd drive in a fourth run with a sacrifice fly.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
Notes 
 Acuna missed some time last year and batted a mere .250. And thus ends the negative things you can say about him. He walked at an absurd 18.8% clip, which led him to a .406 OBP despite the poor average. He was one of the league leaders in quality of contact, wOBA, and xWOBA, and we now know after the last two years that he will run often on the bases so long as he continues to bat leadoff, which he should. In other words, from a fantasy perspective, Acuna is an absolute monster. He's a top-three pick and will (deservedly) go first overall in many leagues, and there's still upside given that he just turned 23 years old.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Betts's first year with the Dodgers was basically exactly what fantasy managers expected - that is to say it was pretty much in line with what he did with the Red Sox. If you want to quibble, his walk rate dropped a few percentage points and he struck out at a career-worst 15.4% clip. But at this point, there are few safer players than Betts - you know he'll give you strong production in all five categories and he bats atop one of the best lineups in all of baseball. Betts should be a top-three pick and there's every reason to consider him number one overall. The downside is borderline non-existent.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 The fantasy baseball community isn't talking enough about how Acuña nearly doubled his walk rate last summer (10.6% to 18.8%) while also hitting the ball harder than ever (47.4% in 2019 to 57.0% in 2020). Yes, it was a small sample, but these are also signs that the talented 23-year-old is improving as a hitter. Seemingly doing more damage and becoming more selective at the expense of batting average, Acuña's 40/40 upside keeps him in the conversation for No. 1 overall come draft day.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Unlike Trout, Mookie Betts is still running. The two-time World Series champ converted 10-of-12 stolen base attempts last year. Betts hasn't technically been as consistent as Trout on a year to year basis, but their peak fantasy campaign are similar. Betts is one of a handful of options worthy of consideration at No. 1 overall.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros