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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Juan Soto (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
40 of 55 experts
27%
Recommended by
15 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 7# 10
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 16# 24
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 11
Best Rank# 5# 8
Worst Rank# 6# 13
   
Projections 
   
Runs38
Home Runs1012
RBI39
Stolen Bases3
Batting Avg.296
Strikeouts10347
Wins6
Saves0
ERA3.14
WHIP1.05
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 8# 12
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 10
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 14
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 7# 13
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 10# 11
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 13
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 14# 24
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 12# 13
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 9# 12
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 13
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 12
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 15
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 11# 17
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 10
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 11# 13
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 8
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 8# 12
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 7# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 11
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 16
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 11
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 9# 12
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 5# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 10
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 11
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 12
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 10
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 10# 12
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 4# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 10
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 7# 13
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 6# 20
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 14
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 7# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 9# 11
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 9# 13
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 8# 4
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 8# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 8# 5
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 5
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 8# 5
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 11# 10
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 12# 7
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 12# 8
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 9
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 14# 4
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 15# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 16# 8
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 16# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs110
   
Home Runs2934
   
RBI110
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Batting Avg.282
   
Strikeouts326132
   
Wins20
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.50
   
WHIP0.89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs38
   
Home Runs1012
   
RBI39
   
Stolen Bases3
   
Batting Avg.296
   
Strikeouts10347
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.14
   
WHIP1.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
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
Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reports Juan Soto will likely become arbitration eligible this offseason.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Oct 29th
 Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk during Wednesday's loss to the Phillies. The homer was his 13th of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 24th
 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
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-6 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored across both games of Friday's doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.
Mike Maher
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
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-3 with a double, three walks, three RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in Friday's win over the Braves. The steal was his third of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 12th
 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
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-2 with three walks, an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Braves. The steal was his second of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 11th
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
In OBP leagues, you can make the case for Soto to be the third player off the board, as his plate discipline may just be the best in the league. He's only going to get better, too, as there's more room for power growth in his game. His plate discipline gives him a safe floor moving forward, too.
Michael Waterloo - 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 have some concerns that the stolen bases aren't going to develop like his offensive potential has and will continue to. He has Top 5 potential if he can become a 15-20 Stolen Base guy on top of his immense upside with the bat. He would rank higher if I felt more optimistic about the SBs.
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
Could be a top-3 pick in 2021 fantasy drafts. ADP for his season is banking on him taking that step forward, however
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros