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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
36 of 56 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 56 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 AlertIL60-
   
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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 24# 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 
 Los Angeles Angels' third baseman Anthony Rendon (hip) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a right hip impingement.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 4th
Jack Flaherty pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts in an inning of relief on Sunday.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Oct 3rd
 There is nothing new on Anthony Rendon. He is still a couple of weeks away and will have rehab games before returning.
Corbin Young
Tue, Jul 27th
Jack Flaherty (shoulder) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 29th
 Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (hamstring) still isn't feeling better and won't return until late July, early August.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 16th
Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty will be available out of the bullpen beginning on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 28th
 The Angels placed 3B Anthony Rendon on the 10-day IL due to a hamstring strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 6th
Jack Flaherty (shoulder strain) returned to the Cardinals rotation in the role of an "opener" for the second game of their doubleheader against the Cubs on Friday. However, he recorded only one out and gave up two runs before being removed from the game.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 25th
 Angels 3B Anthony Rendon (hamstring) is expected to avoid the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 5th
St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty is scheduled to pitch Game 2 on Friday afternoon.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
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