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Who Should I Draft?

Alex Cobb or Framber Valdez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Framber Valdez
SP,RP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Alex Cobb
SP - LAA
Alex Cobb
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
39 of 41 experts
5%
Recommended by
2 of 41 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 113# 228
Best Rank# 37# 125
Worst Rank# 333# 560
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 193# 503
Best Rank# 141# 503
Worst Rank# 264# 510
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts95101
Wins77
Saves00
ERA3.854.90
WHIP1.261.36
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 121
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 111
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 167
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 162
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 184# 221
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 99
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 80
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 37
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 75
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 99
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 96
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 134
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 114
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 68
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 41
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 120
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 89# 204
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 78
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 86# 209
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 102# 238
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 133
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 71
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 50# 198
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 114
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 48
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 111# 215
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 117# 560
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 89# 217
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 105
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 109
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 111# 125
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 107
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 79
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 109
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 147# 434
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 125
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 87
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 105
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 254# 136
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 333# 207
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Framber Valdez
SP,RP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Alex Cobb
SP - LAA
Alex Cobb
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1110
   
Games Started1010
   
Innings Pitched71.252.1
   
Wins52
   
Losses35
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6352
   
Earned Runs2725
   
Home Runs Allowed58
   
Strikeouts7638
   
Walks1618
   
ERA3.444.30
   
WHIP1.121.34
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Framber Valdez
SP,RP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Alex Cobb
SP - LAA
Alex Cobb
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1725
   
Games Started1525
   
Innings Pitched91.9136.2
   
Wins77
   
Losses59
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed83148
   
Earned Runs3974
   
Home Runs Allowed1023
   
Strikeouts95101
   
Walks3338
   
ERA3.854.90
   
WHIP1.261.36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Framber Valdez
SP,RP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Alex Cobb
SP - LAA
Alex Cobb
News 
 Ever since returning to the mound on May 16, Astros starter Framber Valdez has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. That streak continued on Sunday as he lasted seven innings, allowing just two runs (one earned), five hits, and three walks. He also struck out two batters in the process.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Jun 13th
Angels' SP Alex Cobb (4-2) gave up five earned runs on seven hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over three innings pitched in a no-decision Saturday against Arizona.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Jun 13th
 Astros starter Framber Valdez fired a gem against the Red Sox on Tuesday, allowing just one run on five hits over 7.1 innings of work. He walked zero batters while striking out eight.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Jun 9th
Alex Cobb (4-2) gave up five earned runs on three hits, one walk, and six strikeouts over seven innings of work en route to a victory on Saturday.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Jun 6th
 Astros starter Framber Valdez lasted seven innings against the Red Sox on Wednesday. He surrendered just one run on five hits and a pair of walks. He also induced a whopping 10 strikeouts along the way.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Jun 3rd
Alex Cobb gave up just four hits, zero walks, and struck out four. He did give up one earned run but still managed to pick up the win, his second of the season.
Ethan Biddle
Thu, May 20th
 Astros starter Framber Valdez allowed just one run over four innings of work against the Padres on Friday. He gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out four along the way.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, May 29th
The Angels activated RHP Alex Cobb (finger) from the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 20th
 Framber Valdez will make his season debut on Friday at home against Dinelson Lamet and the San Diego Padres.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, May 26th
The Angels have placed starting pitcher Alex Cobb on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger blister. The move is retroactive to May 5th, one day after the right-hander's last start.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, May 9th
Notes 
 Valdez was shaping up to be a fine sleeper this year, after he had a highly successful stint in the Astros rotation last year. But he fractured his finger early in spring training and the expectation is that he'll miss significant time, though recent reports are far more optimistic than the initial season-ending variety. Drop him down a ton from where you initially had him ranked, but draft him toward the back end of your rotation where the risk/reward balance should equalize.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 
 Valdez isn't getting enough credit for basically saving Houston's season last summer. Following the loss of Gerrit Cole to free agency, the loss of Justin Verlander to Tommy John surgery, and the loss of Zack Greinke's effectiveness, Valdez stepped up in a big way. He both increased his strikeout rate and lowered his walk rate to produce a career-best season. Unfortunately, this also came with a less-than-ideal hard-hit rate. Living in the zone more often led to batters doing more damage with Valdez's offerings. This was also combatted by his increased sinker usage, which led to many of these batted balls going directly into the ground. His breakout looks real, and I'm investing accordingly.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros