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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Freddie Freeman (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Expert
Recommendation
87%
Recommended by
48 of 55 experts
13%
Recommended by
7 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 13
Best Rank# 4# 6
Worst Rank# 24# 34
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 7# 11
Best Rank# 5# 9
Worst Rank# 8# 13
   
Projections 
   
Runs106
Home Runs3032
RBI109
Stolen Bases6
Batting Avg.304
Strikeouts262118
Wins16
Saves0
ERA3.18
WHIP1.03
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 11
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 12
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 8# 12
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 12# 16
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 12# 13
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 14
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 8# 13
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 12# 13
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 28
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 5# 13
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 11# 12
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 9# 12
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 6# 13
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 9# 14
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 8# 13
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 13
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 8# 13
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 8# 13
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 9# 13
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 8# 13
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 11# 13
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 8# 13
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 6# 13
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 14
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 9# 12
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 12# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 7# 13
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 13
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 13
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 8# 13
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 12
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 12# 13
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 12
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 8# 13
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 13# 14
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 13
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 8# 9
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 7# 13
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 7# 12
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 8# 13
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 7# 14
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 12# 13
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 9# 11
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 8# 13
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 8# 10
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 11# 6
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 12# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 14# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 17# 11
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 24# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs51
   
Home Runs1413
   
RBI53
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.341
   
Strikeouts9437
   
Wins7
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.84
   
WHIP0.96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs106
   
Home Runs3032
   
RBI109
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.304
   
Strikeouts262118
   
Wins16
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.18
   
WHIP1.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
News 
 Gerrit Cole did not allow a run giving up four hits and struck out 12 batters over eight dominant innings as the Yankees beat the Rays 1-0 on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, May 13th
Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a grand slam, a walk, and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Steve Painter
Sun, May 16th
 Gerrit Cole allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four across seven innings Thursday against the Astros. He did not factor into the decision.
John Aubin
Fri, May 7th
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a single, and a walk, in Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Steve Painter
Sat, May 15th
 Gerrit Cole allowed four hits and no walks while striking out 12 in six scoreless innings to earn the win against the Tigers on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, May 1st
Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with two singles, a solo homer, and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Steve Painter
Sun, May 9th
 Gerrit Cole picked up the win in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Cleveland, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out 11 without walking a batter.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 25th
Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two walks in Saturday's game against the Phillies.
Steve Painter
Sat, May 8th
 Gerrit Cole gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings on Sunday in a loss to the Rays.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 18th
Freddie Freeman went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored in Wednesday's game against the Nationals.
Steve Painter
Wed, May 5th
Notes 
 Cole was pretty much as advertised in his first season with the Yankees. His ERA rose a tad, as did his home run rate as expected, and his strikeout rate fell a bit, though it remained at an absurdly high level. And, for the most part, all of his expected metrics fell off a tad from his 2019 season. But Cole's numbers from that season were so dominating that he could withstand plenty of regression and still be one of the best pitchers in fantasy. As such, he'll head into 2021 close to the way he came into the 2020 season: a dominant, high-strikeout, low-walk starter who will throw plenty of innings and who is more likely to finish as the top overall fantasy pitcher than he is to finish outside the top-10. It's a matter of personal preference between Cole and Jacob deGrom as the first pitcher off the board, but neither should fall outside the top-10 overall picks on draft day.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Although there were questions about Freeman's 2020 season because of his battle with COVID-19 prior to the season, those questions were answered and then some with his MVP season. The statcast leaderboard is littered with Freeman's name, as he ranked in the top nine percent of the league in barrel rate, average exit velocity, expected batting average, expected slugging percentage, wOBA, xwOBA, xwOBAcon, hard hit percentage, strikeout percentage, and walk percentage. Freeman likely won't reach double digits in steals, but that is about the only negative thing you can say about his fantasy outlook. He's as safe as they come in the other four hitting categories, and comes with next to no risk. He'll likely cost a borderline first round pick on draft day, but he is worth it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros