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Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rendon or Jack Flaherty (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rendon
3B - LAA
Anthony Rendon
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
35 of 55 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 30
Best Rank# 18# 22
Worst Rank# 45# 69
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 28# 32
Best Rank# 25# 27
Worst Rank# 38# 34
   
Projections 
   
Runs91
Home Runs2823
RBI100
Stolen Bases3
Batting Avg.292
Strikeouts92205
Wins12
Saves0
ERA3.48
WHIP1.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 42
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 25# 33
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 21# 55
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 25# 31
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 22# 51
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 27# 46
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 28# 32
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 69
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 20# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 23# 35
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 24# 33
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 24# 58
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 23# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 34
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 33# 50
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 20# 29
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 20# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 52
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 35
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 28# 35
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 27# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 28# 34
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 29# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 32
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 22# 28
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 25# 36
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 20# 41
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 28# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 18# 47
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 26# 30
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 26# 30
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 29# 41
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 27# 39
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 24# 22
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 26# 22
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 27# 23
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 27
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 28# 27
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 28# 26
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 26
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 23
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 30# 28
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 31# 23
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 31# 27
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 33# 31
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 34# 29
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 36# 22
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 24
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 40# 23
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 44# 22
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 29
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 45# 41
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Anthony Rendon
3B - LAA
Anthony Rendon
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs29
   
Home Runs96
   
RBI31
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.286
   
Strikeouts3149
   
Wins4
   
Saves0
   
ERA4.91
   
WHIP1.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Anthony Rendon
3B - LAA
Anthony Rendon
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs91
   
Home Runs2823
   
RBI100
   
Stolen Bases3
   
Batting Avg.292
   
Strikeouts92205
   
Wins12
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.48
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Anthony Rendon
3B - LAA
Anthony Rendon
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Angels 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) has resumed light baseball activities.
Brad Camara
Mon, May 10th
Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings against the Brewers on Thursday afternoon, yielding only four hits and two walks while striking out six. Flaherty won his seventh consecutive decision and now leads the majors in wins with a 7-0 record.
Lucas Spence
Thu, May 13th
 Anthony Rendon could be less than a week away from returning. Angels manager Joe Maddon says it's "not out of the question" that the third baseman could be activated from the injured list next weekend against the Red Sox.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, May 9th
Jack Flaherty was sensational on Friday night, pitching seven scoreless innings against Colorado while scattering three hits and a walk and striking out six batters while picking up his league-leading sixth win of the season. Flaherty also went 1-for-2 with a solo home run at the plate.
Lucas Spence
Fri, May 7th
 The Angels placed 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
Brad Camara
Wed, May 5th
Jack Flaherty remained unbeaten on Saturday, picking up his fifth win by pitching six innings and giving up six hits, three earned runs, and two walks while striking out a season-high nine batters in a 12-5 win over the Pirates.
Lucas Spence
Sat, May 1st
 Angels 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) is absent from Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 4th
Jack Flaherty was in mid-season form on Sunday, pitching seven strong innings and limiting the Reds to just three hits and one run in a 5-2 victory. Flaherty recorded six strikeouts and improved his record to 4-0 on the season.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Apr 25th
 Angels 3B Anthony Rendon has been diagnosed with a knee contusion and is considered day-to-day.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 4th
Jack Flaherty pitched six innings in a victory over the Nationals on Monday, giving up six hits, five runs (two earned), two walks and notching five strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Apr 19th
Notes 
 Rendon's stock feels like it has dropped dramatically, but there's really nothing in the small sample size of the 2020 season that should alter your outlook much on him. Yes, he didn't hit the ball as hard consistently, but he walked more than ever, maintained his elite strikeout rate, and still put up a roughly 30-homer, 100-RBI pace. Still just 31 years old, there should be plenty left in the tank this season for the veteran, and he should once again be a strong four-category contributor, with a small bit of speed thrown in for good measure.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 It's maddening how underrated Rendon continues to be among fantasy analysts. His wOBA and xwOBA both finished in the 92nd percentile or better for the third straight season. Additionally, he'll have a full season of hitting behind Mike Trout in 2021, which will obviously be fantastic for his RBI totals. Rendon is currently going around pick 40 in NFBC drafts, an ADP that makes him an appealing target for fantasy managers who start SP-SP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros