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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Nolan Arenado (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
42 of 55 experts
24%
Recommended by
13 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 7# 11
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 16# 21
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 10
Best Rank# 5# 9
Worst Rank# 6# 13
   
Projections 
   
Runs36
Home Runs1014
RBI43
Stolen Bases1
Batting Avg.302
Strikeouts10339
Wins6
Saves0
ERA3.14
WHIP1.05
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 8# 10
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 11
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 13
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 7# 8
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 18
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 14# 17
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 9# 17
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 12
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 8# 10
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 18
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 8# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 10
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 11
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 11
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 12
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 12
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 8# 16
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 14
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 8# 10
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 7# 13
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 10
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 9
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 11
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 12# 13
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 12
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 14
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 9# 11
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 5# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 14
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 11
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 12
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 4# 12
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 11
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 7# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 9
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 7# 10
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 9# 10
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 9# 21
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 8# 11
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 17
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 8
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 10# 8
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 10# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 11# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 11# 9
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 11# 9
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 12# 11
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 12# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 12
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 14# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 15# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 16# 5
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 16# 12
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs102
   
Home Runs2941
   
RBI118
   
Stolen Bases3
   
Batting Avg.313
   
Strikeouts32693
   
Wins20
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.50
   
WHIP0.89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs36
   
Home Runs1014
   
RBI43
   
Stolen Bases1
   
Batting Avg.302
   
Strikeouts10339
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.14
   
WHIP1.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
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
The Colorado Rockies placed Nolan Arenado on the 10-day injured list with left AC join inflammation and a left shoulder bone bruise.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 21st
 Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is undergoing tests on his sore left shoulder and could be shut down for the rest of the season, according to Rockies Beat writer Patrick Saunders.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 20th
 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
Nolan Arenado went 0-for-4 as the Rockies lost to the Dodgers 9-3 on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 18th
 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
Nolan Arenado (shoulder) returned to Tuesday's lineup against the A's.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 15th
 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
Nolan Arenado was absent from Sunday's lineup due to an AC joint issue in his left shoulder.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 14th
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
Your goal in the first round is to not screw up the pick. With Arenado, you're getting arguably the safest player in the round not named Mike Trout on a year-to-year basis. It's now been four straight years with at least 37 homers, a .294 average, 100 runs and 110 RBIs.
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
There's very little to say about Arenado at this point. He's batted between .287 and .315, hit between 37 and 42 home runs, and driven in between 97 and 116 runs in each of the last five years. Entering his age-29 season, there are simply no concerns about Arenado so long as he remains in Colorado all year, though that is admittedly a bit of a question mark at this point. But really, so long as you are comfortable that you won't get steals from your first-round pick, there's no reason to shy away from Arenado whatsoever.
Dan Harris - 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
Consecutive years of diminished stolen bases by Altuve and a drop off in elite strikeout SPs puts me in a place to select a "slugger only" player and Arenado is one of the best.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Have we just gotten bored of drafting him in the top 5? Not worried about his numbers even if traded
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros