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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Lucas Giolito (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
51 of 51 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 6
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 5# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 7# 19
Best Rank# 5# 17
Worst Rank# 8# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts262220
Wins1613
Saves00
ERA3.183.71
WHIP1.031.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 11
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 6
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 8
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 4
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 14
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 2# 11
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 2# 10
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 12
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 9
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 2# 9
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 2# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 8
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 16
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 5
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 12
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 5
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 2# 9
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 6
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 13
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 5
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 5
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 2# 6
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 2# 4
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 13
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 6
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 4
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 2# 7
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 2# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched73.172.0
   
Wins74
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5347
   
Earned Runs2328
   
Home Runs Allowed148
   
Strikeouts9497
   
Walks1728
   
ERA2.843.48
   
WHIP0.961.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3230
   
Games Started3230
   
Innings Pitched197.9180.2
   
Wins1613
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed153143
   
Earned Runs7074
   
Home Runs Allowed3026
   
Strikeouts262220
   
Walks5261
   
ERA3.183.71
   
WHIP1.031.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
News 
 Gerrit Cole surrendered three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings Friday in a victory over the Red Sox.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 25th
Lucas Giolito struck out eight but was limited to four innings in his return from a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 15th
 Gerrit Cole allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over five innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Orioles.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 15th
Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (hamstring) has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the White Sox.
Chris Schommer
Tue, Sep 14th
 Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (hamstring) could start on Tuesday against the Orioles.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, who is currently on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, should return to make a start next Tuesday.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Sep 9th
 New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is expected to make a start next week, according to manager Aaron Boone. The right-hander is dealing with left hamstring tightness but should be able to avoid a stint on the injured list.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Sep 9th
Lucas Giolito threw at full effort with no reported issues on Tuesday.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Sep 8th
 Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole left Tuesday's start with an apparent hand injury after just 3.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks. He also tacked on two strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 7th
Lucas Giolito was placed on the 10-day IL due to a left hamstring strain. He had left his start on Tuesday early against the Orioles.
Kamran Hoda
Fri, Sep 3rd
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
Giolito followed up his breakout 2019 season with a nearly identical 2020 season. His ERA was within .07, his WHIP within .02, and his strikeout percentage within a point and a half. Despite pitching in a homer-friendly park, Giolito has managed to limit home runs, which is a key to his continued success with the White Sox. He won't face quite an easy schedule this year (AL and NL Central pitchers had plenty of sub-par offenses to feast on in 2019), but entering his age-27 season, he should only continue to improve from a skills standpoint. Draft him as an SP1, albeit a low-end one.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros