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Who Should I Draft?

Brandon Woodruff or Josh Hader (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
49 of 51 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 18
Best Rank# 4# 12
Worst Rank# 27# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 37# 54
Best Rank# 32# 51
Worst Rank# 50# 61
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts191104
Wins114
Saves030
ERA3.452.91
WHIP1.130.98
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 31
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 16
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 12# 26
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 22
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 12# 18
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 10# 17
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 13# 16
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 27# 37
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 20
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 15# 17
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 13# 19
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 13# 24
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 13# 17
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 9# 15
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 13# 31
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 13# 16
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 12# 16
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 9# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 13# 17
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 13# 19
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 8# 19
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 11# 17
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 12# 27
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 12# 21
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 11# 18
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 4# 56
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 13# 17
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 12# 21
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 9# 21
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 13# 19
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 17
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 17# 18
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 28
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 13# 19
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 9# 16
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 10# 16
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 8# 16
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 19
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 14# 26
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 13# 19
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 14# 19
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 13# 22
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 19# 23
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 11# 17
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 13# 18
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 13# 19
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 13# 20
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 14# 17
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 10# 18
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 16# 12
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 19# 18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1321
   
Games Started130
   
Innings Pitched74.219.1
   
Wins31
   
Losses52
   
Saves013
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed558
   
Earned Runs258
   
Home Runs Allowed93
   
Strikeouts9131
   
Walks1810
   
ERA3.053.79
   
WHIP0.990.95
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3062
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched165.564.6
   
Wins114
   
Losses83
   
Saves030
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed14139
   
Earned Runs6321
   
Home Runs Allowed209
   
Strikeouts191104
   
Walks4624
   
ERA3.452.91
   
WHIP1.130.98
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
News 
 Brandon Woodruff (9-10) took the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on two hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 22nd
Josh Hader picked up another save Saturday against the Cubs, allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out two.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 19th
 Brandon Woodruff (9-9) took the loss Wednesday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on four hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 15th
Josh Hader picked up save 32 Friday against the Cubs, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 18th
 The Brewers have scratched pitcher Brandon Woodruff from his start on Saturday due to a stomach bug. Eric Lauer will take the mound instead. Meanwhile, Woodruff's start has been moved back to Wednesday.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 11th
Josh Hader earned the save Saturday against Cleveland, striking out two in one inning.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 11th
 Brandon Woodruff (9-8) took the loss Monday against the Phillies, allowing four runs on nine hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 6th
Josh Hader earned the save Wednesday against the Phillies, walking two in a scoreless inning.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 9th
 Brandon Woodruff (9-7) earned the victory Tuesday against the Giants, allowing one run on five hits across six innings. He walked three and struck out eight.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 1st
Josh Hader picked up the save Wednesday against the Giants, walking one and striking out three in a scoreless inning.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 There were some skeptics after Woodruff succeeded in 2019 based largely on one pitch - his devastating fastball - but he put those concerns to rest in 2020. His ERA (3.05) and WHIP (0.99) were incredibly strong, particularly when you consider that he struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings. Woodruff's fastball hits rests at 96 MPH and is one of the better pitches in baseball, but his slider and changeup both made strides last year. The Brewers are reportedly planning to add about 100 innings to their starter's workloads last season, so pencil Woodruff in for roughly 175 extremely strong frames. You can survive with him as your fantasy ace, though he's best as an incredibly strong number 2.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Hader wasn't quite as dominant as he had been the previous two years, largely due to a spike in walk rate and the slightest of declines in strikeout rate. But he still tallied 13 saves, third-best in baseball, and had a miniscule 0.95 WHIP. If you parse it closely, it was just a bizarre season for Hader, who didn't give up a run through his first nine appearances, but subsequently allowed four runs in an inning. He walked five batters in a game, but didn't allow a single walk in any game after that, a span of 11 appearances. In other words, there seems to be a lot of noise in Hader's "decline," which likely would have been ironed out over the course of a full season. Draft him as the top closer off the board with few concerns.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Woodruff's 2020 season ranked in the 90th percentile in both xERA and xwOBA. He rates out well according to both FIP and Baseball Savant. It's fair to call him a good-to-great starting pitcher. The question becomes what kind of workload can we expect from Milwaukee's No. 1? Woodruff logged 73 2/3 innings last summer after posting a career-high 121 2/3 frames in 2019. The Brewers plan to add on 100 innings to each of their SP's workloads from last year. If you believe Woodruff will hold up then he's a wildly exciting SP2 in fantasy.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros