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Who Should I Draft?

Framber Valdez or Zac Gallen (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
Expert
Recommendation
74%
Recommended by
32 of 43 experts
26%
Recommended by
11 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 45# 56
Best Rank# 34# 30
Worst Rank# 71# 109
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 121# 142
Best Rank# 112# 128
Worst Rank# 136# 196
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts156168
Wins129
Saves00
ERA3.834.03
WHIP1.331.26
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 70
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 42# 45
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 46# 54
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 51# 62
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 44# 77
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 43# 70
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 36# 68
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 39
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 44# 56
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 43# 109
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 44# 46
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 44# 55
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 44# 59
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 47# 50
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 47# 51
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 36# 52
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 44# 48
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 56# 61
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 53# 102
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 46# 57
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 52# 78
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 54# 104
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 45
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 44# 70
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 45# 83
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 35# 67
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 60# 62
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 40# 77
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 48# 92
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 53
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 66
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 30
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 46# 43
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 47# 44
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 52# 43
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 54# 44
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 55# 51
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 57# 55
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 57# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 61# 37
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 71# 30
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
2021 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2222
   
Games Started2222
   
Innings Pitched135.3121.1
   
Wins113
   
Losses610
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed110108
   
Earned Runs4758
   
Home Runs Allowed1219
   
Strikeouts125139
   
Walks5849
   
ERA3.144.30
   
WHIP1.251.29
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
2022 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2828
   
Games Started2828
   
Innings Pitched165.9157.4
   
Wins129
   
Losses89
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154139
   
Earned Runs7171
   
Home Runs Allowed1723
   
Strikeouts156168
   
Walks6759
   
ERA3.834.03
   
WHIP1.331.26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
News 
 Astros starter Framber Valdez was on his game Friday at Washington. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six.
Kendall Capps
Sat, May 14th
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zac Gallen pitched six innings on Saturday, striking out nine, walking one, and allowing two hits for one earned run in the Diamondbacks' 4-2 loss to the Cubs.
Josh Thiessen
Sun, May 15th
 Houston Astros Pitcher Framber Valdez pitched 6.0 innings, striking out five batters, allowing four hits and one run during a 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
Kyle Williams - Dog Day Sports
Tue, Apr 26th
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zac Gallen pitched seven innings on Sunday, striking out seven, and allowing five hits for zero earned runs in the Diamondbacks' 4-0 win over the Rockies.
Josh Thiessen
Mon, May 9th
 Framber Valdez struggled in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Angels, surrendering six runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out three over 4 1/3 innings.
Nate Miller
Wed, Apr 20th
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zac Gallen pitched 6 2/3 innings on Monday, striking out five, and allowing five hits for two earned runs in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win over the Marlins.
Josh Thiessen
Mon, May 2nd
 Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez lasted just three innings Wednesday, walking five batters while also striking out three and allowing one run on two hits in the Astros' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Chris Schommer
Wed, Apr 13th
Zac Gallen allowed two hits in six scoreless innings while striking out five during Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Dodgers.
Diego Sandoval
Wed, Apr 27th
 Framber Valdez was solid on the mound for the Astros Thursday night, striking out six while also walking one and allowing two hits in 6.2 innings pitched, picking up the victory, 3-1 over the Angels.
Chris Schommer
Fri, Apr 8th
Diamondbacks starting pitcher was excellent on the mound Friday night, allowing just one run on two hits while also walking one and striking out seven in five innings pitched, picking up the no-decision in the Diamondbacks' 6-5 loss to the Mets.
Chris Schommer
Sat, Apr 23rd
Notes 
 Valdez fractured his ring finger just before the start of the season and although there were rumors he could miss the entire season, he wound up making 22 starts and throwing 134 2/3 innings. He lost some of the gains he had made with his control, but he induced ground balls at a 70.3% clip, an absurd rate. Valdez has one great pitch - his curveball - and his value is highly dependent on the quality of his defense. So the chances of him taking a great leap are minimal. But what he provides is plenty good enough to be a mid-tier starter for your fantasy team.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Gallen took a major step back last year, but it's tough not to blame the injuries. He missed time with forearm, elbow, and hamstring injuries and the quality of nearly every one of his pitches declined. He looked like a prime bounce-back candidate, but he's already behind schedule because of bursitis in his shoulder. If you believe that Gallen's decline last year was due to his injuries and that he won't miss much time this year, then he should be drafted as a low-end No. 2 starter. When he's right, his fastball, changeup, and curveball are all outstanding, and he can pile on the strikeouts with ease. But you'd be foolish not to acknowledge the injury risks, and if you do draft Gallen, make sure you have a deep staff behind him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros