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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
51 of 51 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 8
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 3# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 23
Best Rank# 5# 21
Worst Rank# 6# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10380
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.143.62
WHIP1.051.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-DTD
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 6
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 1# 11
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 5
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 5
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 11
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 7
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 15
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 1# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 10
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 8
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 11
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 9
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 8
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 1# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 8
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 9
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 15
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 5
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 1# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 1# 9
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 7
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 1# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 6
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 8
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3333
   
Games Started3333
   
Innings Pitched212.2209.2
   
Wins2018
   
Losses56
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142161
   
Earned Runs5977
   
Home Runs Allowed2924
   
Strikeouts326251
   
Walks4856
   
ERA2.503.32
   
WHIP0.891.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched75.970.2
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5862
   
Earned Runs2728
   
Home Runs Allowed109
   
Strikeouts10380
   
Walks2120
   
ERA3.143.62
   
WHIP1.051.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
News 
 Gerrit Cole struck out 10 batters and walked just one in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays but allowed three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings and therefore wasn't eligible to pick up the win.
John Aubin
Sun, Aug 9th
Stephen Strasburg (hand) will make his season debut on Sunday against the Orioles, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. The goal is reportedly for him to throw 75-80 pitches.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 8th
 Gerrit Cole gave up one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings Monday against the Phillies. He picked up the win.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 4th
Stephen Strasburg (hand) was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday but will now throw a simulated game instead.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 4th
 Gerrit Cole (2-0) earned the win against Baltimore on Wednesday, completing 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
John Aubin
Thu, Jul 30th
Stephen Strasburg (hand) is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
 Gerrit Cole will start for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Orioles.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 28th
Stephen Strasburg (hand) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 2nd
 Gerrit Cole earned the win in Thursday's rain-shortened contest against Washington, pitching five innings and allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out five.
John Aubin
Fri, Jul 24th
Stephen Strasburg (hand) threw all of his pitches in a flat-ground session on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 30th
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
I can't fully trust Strasburg to stay healthy and the Nat's have babied his inning totals his entire career. The ability is elite, the production and my ranking is slightly dinged by his lack of durability.
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
Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
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
Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
A candidate to be over drafted coming off career-year and playoff heroics
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros