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Who Should I Draft?

Charlie Morton or Zach Plesac (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
31 of 51 experts
39%
Recommended by
20 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 35
Best Rank# 15# 21
Worst Rank# 64# 63
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 107# 73
Best Rank# 102# 60
Worst Rank# 122# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts171149
Wins1110
Saves00
ERA3.714.19
WHIP1.201.20
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 32# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 36
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 42
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 15# 57
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 44
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 30# 49
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 24# 63
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 20# 56
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 26# 35
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 45
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 38
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 38
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 38# 60
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 32
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 34# 35
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 32# 49
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 20# 36
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 31# 35
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 26# 48
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 27# 47
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 40# 45
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 32# 38
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 41
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 26# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 29# 35
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 31# 42
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 31# 35
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 31# 46
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 40# 43
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 24# 48
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 29# 28
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 30# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 33# 24
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 33# 30
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 34# 22
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 34# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 35# 25
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 35# 26
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 30
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 37# 33
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 40# 33
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 40# 35
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 41# 34
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 23
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 39
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 47# 40
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 50# 21
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 53# 45
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 63# 24
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 64# 27
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played98
   
Games Started98
   
Innings Pitched38.255.1
   
Wins24
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4338
   
Earned Runs2014
   
Home Runs Allowed48
   
Strikeouts4257
   
Walks106
   
ERA4.742.28
   
WHIP1.390.80
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2928
   
Games Started2928
   
Innings Pitched154.7160.5
   
Wins1110
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138151
   
Earned Runs6475
   
Home Runs Allowed1826
   
Strikeouts171149
   
Walks4741
   
ERA3.714.19
   
WHIP1.201.20
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed five runs over six innings in an 8-0 loss to the Yankees on Friday. Plesac struck out six and allowed two homers in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 17th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Brewers on Saturday. Plesac struck out three and walked two in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 11th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zac Plesac allowed three runs over five innings in an 11-5 win over Boston on Sunday. He struck out five and walked three in the win.
Matthew Terelle
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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac tossed a gem in a 7-2 win over the Royals on Tuesday. Plesac threw seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 1st
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. Plesac struck out four and walked three.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
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
Plesac is getting a ton of love for his eight excellent starts in 2020, but there's plenty of reason to be cautious. His FIP, xFIP, xERA, and SIERA were all more than a run higher than his ERA, and both his strikeout rate and walk rate significantly outproduced what he showed he could do in the minors. Yes, Plesac altered his pitch mix, throwing fewer fastballs and instead more sliders and changeups, so if you're looking for a reason to buy the gains, you have one. But he had a ridiculous 91.7% LOB rate, and even with his ability to limit hard contact, his BABIP against should rise from the .224 mark last year. Plesac can help a fantasy staff, but manage expectations significantly.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Plesac is one of the most polarizing starting pitchers among fantasy analysts this offseason. A questionable off-the-field decision maker, Plesac dominated when on the mound in 2020. In an era where it's rarer and rarer to pitch deep into games, Plesac completed six full innings in all eight of his starts last year. He completed seven innings in 5-of-8 starts. So, how did he get so good all of a sudden? Plesac cut his fastball usage in order to throw an increased number of sliders and changeups. In short, the change in pitch mix worked. It was a short-but-terrific body of work. I'm a believer moving forward, and it's going to cost an early-to-middle round pick to get him.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros