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Who Should I Draft?

Francisco Lindor or Gerrit Cole (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
33 of 55 experts
40%
Recommended by
22 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 7
Best Rank# 4# 1
Worst Rank# 23# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 8# 5
Best Rank# 7# 5
Worst Rank# 9# 6
   
Projections 
   
Runs38
Home Runs1210
RBI33
Stolen Bases7
Batting Avg.288
Strikeouts36103
Wins6
Saves0
ERA3.14
WHIP1.05
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 6# 8
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 8# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 10# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 7# 16
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 14
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 8# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 7# 9
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 7# 8
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 6# 11
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 6# 11
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 6# 8
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 6# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 6# 15
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 7
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 10
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 9# 16
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 6# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 5# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 6# 8
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 7# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 5# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 5
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 6
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 7# 6
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 7# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 8# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 8# 4
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 8# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 9# 4
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 9# 2
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 9# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 10# 8
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 10# 5
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 11# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 1
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 13# 12
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 13# 11
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 18# 14
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 21# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 23# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs101
   
Home Runs3229
   
RBI74
   
Stolen Bases22
   
Batting Avg.284
   
Strikeouts98326
   
Wins20
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.50
   
WHIP0.89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs38
   
Home Runs1210
   
RBI33
   
Stolen Bases7
   
Batting Avg.288
   
Strikeouts36103
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.14
   
WHIP1.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
News 
 Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Indians' Game 1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 30th
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
 Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-2 with three walks, a run, and a steal in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 26th
Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
 Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
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
 Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and a steal in a 1-0 win over Detroit on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
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
 Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a walk, and four RBI in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
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 
 Lindor is the definition of a safe player, which is great at this point in the draft. There were concerns he wouldn't run much in 2019 with his Spring Training calf injury, but he still stole 22 bases. He's an elite-contact bat, who should post double-digit steals and homers in the shortened season.
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
 Lindor's 2019 season got off to a rocky start with a right calf strain in February followed by a sprained left ankle in March. But when he returned in late April, he didn't miss a beat, putting up a classic 30-20 season and contributing in all five categories. There were some minor negatives for Lindor - his strikeout rate went up, his walk rate went down, and he had an expected batting average of just .276, the lowest of his career. But Lindor's floor at this point is so enormously high that he's one of the few no-risk players, and he shouldn't slip past the top 10 in drafts or, frankly, the top seven.
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
 Betts and Lindor should be statistical equals, so I'll take the shortstop over the outfielder.
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
 Missed the first few weeks of 2019 and still went 32/22
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros