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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Walker Buehler (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
51 of 51 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 7
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 5# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 7# 21
Best Rank# 5# 19
Worst Rank# 8# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts262197
Wins1612
Saves00
ERA3.183.30
WHIP1.031.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 4
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 5
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 11
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 13
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 8
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 2# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 2# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 5
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 8
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 2# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 2# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 6
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 9
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 11
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 2# 11
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 6
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 7
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 2# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 2# 11
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 2# 12
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 9
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 2# 9
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 2# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played128
   
Games Started128
   
Innings Pitched73.137.1
   
Wins71
   
Losses30
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5324
   
Earned Runs2314
   
Home Runs Allowed147
   
Strikeouts9442
   
Walks1711
   
ERA2.843.44
   
WHIP0.960.95
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3229
   
Games Started3230
   
Innings Pitched197.9168.9
   
Wins1612
   
Losses76
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed153137
   
Earned Runs7062
   
Home Runs Allowed3021
   
Strikeouts262197
   
Walks5244
   
ERA3.183.30
   
WHIP1.031.07
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
News 
 Gerrit Cole allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out nine across six innings, earning the win over the Twins on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Jun 10th
RHP Walker Buehler earned the win on Sunday when he allowed no runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts over six innings as the Dodgers took down the Rangers 5-3.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Jun 13th
 Gerrit Cole allowed five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings to take the loss against the Rays on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 4th
RHP Walker Buehler earned his fifth win of the season on Tuesday when he allowed just two hits with one walk and two strikeouts over seven innings as the Dodgers defeated the Pirates 5-3.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Jun 9th
 Gerrit Cole allowed one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out five across six innings in the loss to the Tigers on Friday. He did not factor into the decision.
John Aubin
Sat, May 29th
RHP Walker Buehler earned the win on Wednesday when he surrendered three runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over six innings in the Dodgers' 14-3 win over the Cardinals
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Jun 3rd
 Gerrit Cole earned the win Saturday against the White Sox after giving up four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks over seven shutout innings.
John Aubin
Sun, May 23rd
RHP Walker Buehler allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts over six innings in a 8-5 extra-innings loss to the Giants on Friday.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, May 29th
 Gerrit Cole took the loss Monday, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks over five-plus innings as the Yankees were downed 5-2 by the Rangers. He struck out seven.
John Aubin
Tue, May 18th
RHP Walker Buehler picked up the win on Saturday when he allowed one run on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk over seven innings as the Dodgers defeated the Giants 6-3.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, May 23rd
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
Because the Dodgers wanted to closely watch Buehler's routine and workload, he got a late start to the shortened season, essentially using his first few starts as the end of his spring training. He also dealt with blisters late in the year. All that to say, Buehler's 36 2/3 regular-season innings are, for the most part, largely meaningless. He gave up a few more home runs and walked a few more batters than usual, and he won just a single game. But none of it matters. Value Buehler as you did after his 2019 season - as one of the true stud pitchers in the game. Once the big three of Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, and Shane Bieber are off the board, Buehler should come under immediate consideration, as the type of starting pitcher who can be your fantasy ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  There's little doubt that Buehler is one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball, but we do have questions about his volume entering 2021. Did you know that during the regular season, Buehler had just one appearance where he completed six full innings? This wasn't just a Dodgers thing, either. Julio Urias had five such appearances while Tony Gonsolin had four and Dustin May had three. Of course, the team was saving Buehler for the playoffs more so than their other youngsters, and it worked out. The Dodgers have always handled Buehler with kid gloves, and while he'll be one of the best starters on a per-inning basis in 2021, I'm worried enough about the volume that I'm ranking him closer to the back half of my top-10 starters.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros