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Who Should I Draft?

Charlie Morton or Ian Anderson (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
35 of 51 experts
31%
Recommended by
16 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 36
Best Rank# 15# 22
Worst Rank# 64# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 107# 89
Best Rank# 102# 75
Worst Rank# 122# 127
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts171153
Wins1110
Saves00
ERA3.713.83
WHIP1.201.28
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 35# 39
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 32# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 34
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 15# 52
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 32
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 30# 47
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 24# 62
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 33# 45
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 34# 35
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 20# 71
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 26# 41
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 36
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 33# 36
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 42
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 38# 46
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 30# 55
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 35# 40
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 20# 44
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 29# 40
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 31# 34
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 26# 35
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 27# 41
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 40# 58
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 37# 38
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 32# 45
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 26# 30
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 29# 33
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 31# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 31# 36
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 31# 54
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 24# 33
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 34# 53
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 22
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 32# 27
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 34# 23
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 34
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 40# 33
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 40# 39
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 29
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 40# 39
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 41# 23
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 34
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 47# 39
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 50# 30
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 53# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 63# 35
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 64# 41
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played96
   
Games Started96
   
Innings Pitched38.232.2
   
Wins23
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4321
   
Earned Runs207
   
Home Runs Allowed41
   
Strikeouts4241
   
Walks1014
   
ERA4.741.95
   
WHIP1.391.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2925
   
Games Started2925
   
Innings Pitched154.7137.2
   
Wins1110
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138117
   
Earned Runs6458
   
Home Runs Allowed1816
   
Strikeouts171153
   
Walks4758
   
ERA3.713.83
   
WHIP1.201.28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
News 
 Charlie Morton pitched five innings against the Giants Saturday, allowing four hits, two runs (both earned), and three walks while striking out three batters. The Braves offense was held scoreless, and Morton got the loss, his record is now 13-6 on the year. He threw 97 pitches, 51 for strikes, and carries a 3.49 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 19th
Ian Anderson pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Giants Friday, allowing five hits, four runs (all earned), and two walks while striking out seven batters. He was not a factor in the decision. He threw 99 pitches, 60 for strikes, and carries a 3.75 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sat, Sep 18th
 Charlie Morton pitched seven innings against the Marlins Friday, allowing six hits and three runs (all earned) while striking out seven batters. While he didn't get the win, he did earn another quality start. Morton threw 91 pitches, 64 for strikes, and carries a 3.49 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sat, Sep 11th
Ian Anderson pitched five innings against the Marlins Friday, allowing five hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks while striking out nine batters. The Braves bullpen held the Marlins scoreless the rest of the way, and Anderson got the win, his record improving to 7-5 on the year. He threw 89 pitches, 62 for strikes, and carries a 3.61 ERA.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 10th
 Charlie Morton and the Braves agreed to a one year, $20 million contract extension on Monday. The deal also includes a club option for 2023 with $20 million as well.
Chris Schommer
Mon, Sep 6th
Ian Anderson pitched three innings against the Rockies Saturday, allowing five hits, four runs (all earned), and four walks. He was not a factor in the decision, a 7-6 Rockies win. He threw 62 pitches, 33 for strikes, and carries a 3.61 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
 Charlie Morton pitched seven innings against the Rockies Sunday, allowing two hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks while striking four batters out. The Braves offense was loud in this one, and Morton's record improved to 13-5 on the year, and he also earned another start. He threw 89 pitches, 60 for strikes, and carries a 3.47 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
Ian Anderson pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Giants Sunday, allowing four hits and two walks. The Braves won in a rout, 9-0, and Anderson's record improved to 6-5 on the year. He threw 86 pitches, 49 for strikes, and carries a 3.36 ERA.
Steve Painter
Mon, Aug 30th
 Charlie Morton pitched six innings against the Dodgers Tuesday, allowing three hits, one run (earned), and two walks while striking out eight batters. Although he earned another quality start, it ended in a no-decision for him. He threw 106 pitches, 67 for strikes, and carries a 3.52 ERA.
Steve Painter
Wed, Sep 1st
Braves RHP Ian Anderson (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the team's rotation on Sunday against the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 25th
Notes 
 Morton's 2020 numbers were poor, without question. He was limited to just 38 regular season innings because of a shoulder injury, and pitched to a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. His velocity was way down early in the season (when he got hit hard) and trickled up after he returned, but he got back to his normal 95 MPH fastball in the postseason and totaled a 2.70 ERA. Now 37 and with the Braves, the question is whether fantasy managers can write off Morton's down 2020 season considering his sterling post-season, or whether his age and injury history means they should avoid him. In reality, the answer is neither. Morton should still have gas left in the tank considering his playoff run, but should only be drafted as a value, meaning no earlier than a low-end SP3. Grab him there, at which point the risk-reward balance should reach an equilibrium.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Playoffs included, Anderson's final 2020 stat line was 51 innings, 65 strikeouts, a 1.59 ERA, and a 1.10 WHIP. Backed up by a strong prospect pedigree, Anderson was extremely impressive in his first taste of the big leagues. He never got shelled in any start and gave up just one homer all season. His regular season CSW (called strike plus whiff rate) compated similarly to Blake Snell and Walker Buehler at 30.8%. The concerns with his '21 fantasy value are a 4.2 BB/9 and an innings limit. While valid, Anderson is talented enough to still warrant excitement as a top 25-30 SP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
  After rising through the minor leagues, Anderson had an excellent debut season with the Braves in 2020, pitching to a 1.95 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with a 29.7% strikeout rate. He was even better in four postseason starts, allowing just two runs over 18 2/3 innings while striking out 24. Anderson led all starters in barrel rate (just 1.2%), and has an excellent fastball, curveball, and changeup. His control isn't elite, but his raw stuff and prospect pedigree suggest that his 2020 season was no fluke. Draft him with confidence as a No. 2 starter.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros