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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Jacob deGrom (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
45 of 50 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 2
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 7
Best Rank# 5# 7
Worst Rank# 6# 12
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10385
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.143.05
WHIP1.051.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 2
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 2
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 1# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 2
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 2
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 2
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 2
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1# 15
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 5
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 2
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 2
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 5
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 1# 4
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 2
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 2
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 2
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 2
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 2
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 2
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 2
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 2
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 2
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 2
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 2
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 2
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 2
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 2
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 2
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 2
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 2
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 2
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 1# 2
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 3
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 2
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 1# 2
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 2
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 2
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 1
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 1
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 1
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 1
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 2
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3332
   
Games Started3332
   
Innings Pitched212.2204.0
   
Wins2011
   
Losses58
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142154
   
Earned Runs5955
   
Home Runs Allowed2919
   
Strikeouts326255
   
Walks4844
   
ERA2.502.43
   
WHIP0.890.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched75.972.1
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5859
   
Earned Runs2724
   
Home Runs Allowed108
   
Strikeouts10385
   
Walks2118
   
ERA3.143.05
   
WHIP1.051.07
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
News 
 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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 10 over five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals in his final start of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 27th
 Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 14 over seven innings in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 22nd
 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
Mets ace Jacob deGrom (hamstring) is in line to start on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
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
Mets manager Luis Rojas says Jacob deGrom (hamstring) is day-to-day.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 17th
 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
Jacob deGrom was removed from Wednesday's start against the Phillies due to a hamstring spasm.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 16th
Notes 
 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
deGrom has been awesome, but 2020 is the year he regresses. If Scherzer wasn't showing signs of decline I would have him higher than the two-time Cy Young from NY, I value pitching more in the 60 game sprint than normal years, but I can't move deGrom up when I feel regression is on the way in 2020.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
In points leagues, you can make the case for deGrom first overall. In roto leagues, you can still make the case for him or Gerrit Cole earlier than here, but the name of the game this year is volume, and as great as deGrom is, you're looking at 13 starts or so max from him. Still, he's the best pitcher in the game, and if you want a leg-up on the rest of the league, this is a good spot to grab him.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 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
After winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award, deGrom has an obvious case to be the top pitcher taken in the game. Back-to-back season with a sub-2.50 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP with at least 200 strikeouts makes deGrom perhaps the safest pitcher in the game, especially after three straight seasons of at least 200 innings pitched. The bugaboo for deGrom is his lack of wins - just 21 over the last two seasons despite historic numbers. But with the improved Mets bullpen, there's every reason to think deGrom can get back to the 15-win total he put up in 2017. It's him or Gerrit Cole for the top pitcher off the board and you can't go wrong.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
His age and lack of injury history might make him a safer bet than Verlander/Scherzer
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros