Who Should I Draft?

Starling Marte or Cody Bellinger (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
45 of 56 experts
20%
Recommended by
11 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 30
Best Rank# 11# 16
Worst Rank# 71# 49
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 37# 39
Best Rank# 34# 38
Worst Rank# 40# 50
   
Projections 
   
Runs8188
Home Runs1832
RBI6895
Stolen Bases3312
Batting Average.282.262
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 26# 28
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 28
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 48
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 24# 25
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 22# 45
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 33
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 24# 26
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 22# 32
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 23# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 20# 34
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 13# 33
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 25# 40
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 29# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 35# 46
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 25# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 23# 31
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 11# 45
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 20# 33
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 28# 29
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 20# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 29# 33
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 21# 33
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 27# 31
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 25# 31
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 18# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 24# 32
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 27# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 28
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 17# 29
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 20# 33
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 26# 27
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 18# 27
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 26# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 24# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 32
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 24# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 29# 39
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 24# 27
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 25# 29
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 27# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 24# 28
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 27# 29
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 36
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 27# 26
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 27
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 28# 19
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 30# 26
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 32# 24
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 34# 16
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 35# 31
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 42# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 54# 49
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 71# 33
   
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats559557
   
Runs8184
   
Hits155145
   
Singles9885
   
Doubles3228
   
Triples57
   
Home Runs2025
   
RBI7276
   
Stolen Bases3314
   
Caught Stealing141
   
Walks3569
   
Strikeouts109151
   
Batting Average.277.260
   
On Base Pct.327.343
   
Slugging Pct.460.470
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.814
   
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats558548
   
Runs8188
   
Hits157143
   
Singles10779
   
Doubles3028
   
Triples55
   
Home Runs1832
   
RBI6895
   
Stolen Bases3312
   
Caught Stealing113
   
Walks3469
   
Strikeouts110149
   
Batting Average.282.262
   
On Base Pct.323.345
   
Slugging Pct.445.507
   
On-base Plus Slugging.769.851
   
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Cody Bellinger
1B,CF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
News 
 Starling Marte went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in the Pirates' 8-7 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 20th
Cody Bellinger is absent from Tuesday's lineup versus Arizona.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 25th
 Starling Marte went 2-for-6 with a homer and a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Jun 13th
Cody Bellinger hit his 25th homer of the year in Friday's 4-2 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the Pirates' 13-7 loss to the Braves on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 11th
Cody Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday Night Baseball.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a single in the Pirates' 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
Cody Bellinger went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base as the Dodgers fell to the Cubs 2-1 on Saturday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Starling Marte went 4-for-7 with a three-run home run in the Pirates' 12-10 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
Cody Bellinger went 3-for-4 with two homers, two RBI, and two runs scored in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
Notes 
 Marte bounced back from his 2017 suspension season with another big year. He stolen 33 bases, knocked 20 homers and batted a quality .277. While he may not swipe 45 bags anymore, that power/speed combo makes him well worth a fourth round pick in standard leagues
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Last year was a major disappointment for Bellinger owners after he hit 39 homers in just 132 rookie games in 2017. He still managed to hit 25 bombs with 14 steals, however, so the floor is plenty high. At just 23 years old, we clearly haven't seen the best of Bellinger so don't be surprised if he breaks out for 50 bombs this year or next
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 With 30+ steals in five of the last six seasons and a batting average that is generally more useful than his on-base percentage, Marte is the definition of a roto league specialist. He also hit a career-high 20 home runs last season, and while that may be close to his ceiling for power, last season's .277 average is on the low end of what you can expect from him. While his HRs and average have fluctuated a bit from year to year, Marte has consistently been a top-50 player in standard 5x5 formats, and he should be so again in 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Bellinger was always due for some negative regression after he belted 39 home runs in just 480 at-bats during his rookie 2017 season, but he should now be due for a bit of positive regression after managing just 25 home runs last year. His hard hit rate tailed off a bit, but his exit velocity and launch angle remained unchanged, so he's a good bet to return to the 30-35 HR range this year. Bellinger promisingly trimmed his strikeout rate, indicating that he should be able to keep his batting average in the .260 range even if his BABIP drops a little, and the 10-15 steals he provides give him a leg up on most other 1B-eligible players. The fact he's unlikely to hit .280-.300 keeps him a notch below Freeman, Goldschmidt, and Rizzo, but he's already the next best thing and is still just 23 years old.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 The only players to bat at least .275 with 20 homers and 30 steals last season: Mookie Betts and Starling Marte. Lower the steals query to 20, and they're joined by Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich, Trevor Story, and Javier Baez. Only one of those guys frequently lasts beyond the third round. Marte will struggle to repeat that career-high in homers given his ground-ball tendencies, but he has swiped at least 30 bags in each of his last five full seasons. (He stole 21 in 77 games in 2017.) Don't worry too much about his poor walk rate in five-by-five leagues.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
In 162 games and 84 more plate appearances than in his spectacular arrival, Bellinger hit 14 fewer home runs (25) while his ISO dropped from .315 to .210. On the bright side, he avoided significant batting-average regression by hitting .260 with a diminished strikeout rate (23.9%). The 23-year-old maintains more than enough raw power to jump back to 30 long balls, but don't overlook his 14 steals in 15 tries. This isn't a mere case of catching opponents off guard, as the 6'4" stud recorded a higher Statcast speed score (28.9) than Jose Peraza, Tim Anderson, and Ozzie Albies. He's a 30-15 candidate with upside for more, so don't let him fall too far beyond the fourth round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros