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Who Should I Draft?

Cody Bellinger or Gerrit Cole (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
49 of 55 experts
11%
Recommended by
6 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 7
Best Rank# 3# 1
Worst Rank# 12# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 5
Best Rank# 4# 5
Worst Rank# 4# 6
   
Projections 
   
Runs39
Home Runs1510
RBI41
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.291
Strikeouts46103
Wins6
Saves0
ERA3.14
WHIP1.05
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 4# 8
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 7
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 5# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 16
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 14
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 4# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 4# 9
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 5# 8
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 4
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 11
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 11
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 5
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 14
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 4# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 8
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 4# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 15
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 5# 12
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 5# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 3# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 10
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 6# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 7
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 4# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 16
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 5
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 5# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 7# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 8
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 3# 8
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 2
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 4
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 1
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 6# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 9# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs121
   
Home Runs4729
   
RBI115
   
Stolen Bases15
   
Batting Avg.305
   
Strikeouts108326
   
Wins20
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.50
   
WHIP0.89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs39
   
Home Runs1510
   
RBI41
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.291
   
Strikeouts46103
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.14
   
WHIP1.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Cody Bellinger
1B,CF,RF - LAD
Cody Bellinger
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
News 
 Cody Bellinger went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Dodgers 8-3 win over the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 21st
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
 Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger (shoulder) says he feels "pretty good."
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 19th
Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
 Cody Bellinger went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks as the Dodgers took down the Braves 4-3 in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday to advance to the World Series.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Oct 19th
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
 Cody Bellinger went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, and two walks in the Dodgers 15-3 drubbing of the Braves in Game 3 of the NLCS on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Oct 15th
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
 Cody Bellinger went 2-for-5 with a triple, three RBI, a run scored, and a walk as the Dodgers blew out the Padres 12-3 in Game 3 of the NLDS.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 9th
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 Dodgers are going to be a headache for fantasy managers this year, but Bellinger is one of the players who you can count on for everyday, elite production. Having first base eligibility lifts his stock even more, since first base is a top-heavy position this year. Bellinger lowered his strikeout rate and raised his walk rate, but the most impressive part of his growth last season was his ability to hit lefties to the tune of .280 - up from .226 the year prior.
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
 Bellinger had a tremendous season, drastically improving his walk rate and cutting his strikeout rate, and setting career highs in each of the five standard rotisserie categories. If there's a knock on Bellinger's season, it's that so much of his production came in the first half, and particularly in March where he batted .431 with 14 home runs. Beginning in June, he batted .280 or lower in each month, and he batted just .261 in the second half. But the numbers all count, and although it's reasonable to expect Bellinger to take a slight step back from his overall 2019 numbers, it still leaves him as a top-five pick.
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
 I project regression across the board. 30-35 HRs, 8-13 SBs in 2020 rather than his 47/15 2019. Still a really strong season, still qualifies in the outfield and a slightly better Dodger than Betts with upside to provide 40/15 if his regression is less severe than my projections. Thats why he ranks ahead of Betts but behind the dual-threat middle infielders at picks 4-6.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
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
 Statcast page is blood red (which is good). Hit .379 in the first two months of 2019, .262 after
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros