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Who Should I Draft?

Christian Yelich or Gerrit Cole (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
53 of 55 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 7
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 12# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 3# 5
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 3# 6
   
Projections 
   
Runs39
Home Runs1310
RBI38
Stolen Bases8
Batting Avg.315
Strikeouts49103
Wins6
Saves0
ERA3.14
WHIP1.05
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 3# 8
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 7
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 1# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 16
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 14
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 1# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 3# 9
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 8
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 4
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 11
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 2# 11
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 14
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 8
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 3# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 15
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 7
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 2# 12
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 1# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 2# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 1# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 2
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 10
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 7
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 3# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 16
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 1# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 3# 5
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 4# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 3# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 8
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 2# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 1
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 12# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs100
   
Home Runs4429
   
RBI97
   
Stolen Bases30
   
Batting Avg.329
   
Strikeouts118326
   
Wins20
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.50
   
WHIP0.89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs39
   
Home Runs1310
   
RBI38
   
Stolen Bases8
   
Batting Avg.315
   
Strikeouts49103
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.14
   
WHIP1.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Christian Yelich
LF,RF - MIL
Christian Yelich
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
News 
 Christian Yelich went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Brewers 3-0 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 2nd
Gerrit Cole allowed one run and two walks while striking out nine over five 1/3 innings during Friday's 2-1 loss in Game 5 of the ALDS. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Sat, Oct 10th
 Christian Yelich went 1-for-5 with a home run and two walks in both games of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 26th
Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
 Christian Yelich went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Reds.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 24th
Gerrit Cole won’t be available for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Thursday. He would draw the start on short rest Friday if the Yankees advance the series.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 8th
 Christian Yelich went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 9-5 win over the Royals.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
Gerrit Cole (1-0) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in Monday's 9-3 Game 1 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Tue, Oct 6th
 Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, one walk and three runs scored in Wednesday's 18-3 win over the Cardinals.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 16th
Lindsey Adley, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, broke the news that Gerrit Cole will start Game 1 of the ALDS.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Oct 1st
Notes 
 The late start to the season helps Yelich and his managers, as his knee is no longer a concern. There's a care to be made for taking him anywhere from first to fifth overall, but his production over the past few years doesn't lie. He'll give you a .300 average with double-digit homers and steals in a solid lineup.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
You could argue that Cole should be higher, and there's no real argument against it. With a pitcher signing a new contract, coming off a career year, in a loaded division, in a hitter-friendly stadium, there's reason enough to have some pause on him.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Yelich followed up his preposterous 2018 season with an even better one in 2019, batting .329 with 44 home runs and 30 steals in just 130 games. His ridiculous 35% HR/FB rate regressed as expected, but only to a still nonsensical 32.8%, best in MLB. The issue with Yelich for 2020 has nothing to do with his talent, but is instead all about the fractured kneecap that prematurely ended his season. He's reportedly on track to be ready by Opening Day, but there's obviously a modicum of risk to factor in.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Appears to be fully healthy entering spring training
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
I believe that pitching has become thin enough that elite SP are worth reaching for, something I didn't agree with in previous years. 20 Wins and 225K's seem like a lock in 2020. That makes Cole my 2020 #1 SP and a Top 10 selection .
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
  Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros