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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Walker Buehler (2020)

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
43 of 43 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 4
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 3# 8
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 15
Best Rank# 5# 14
Worst Rank# 6# 20
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10179
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.123.47
WHIP1.051.10
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 4
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 1# 5
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 4
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 6
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 4
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 2
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 5
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 4
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 3
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 4
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 5
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 5
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 5
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 4
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 5
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 5
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 3
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 5
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 4
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 5
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 4
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 6
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 4
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 1# 5
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 8
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 3
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3330
   
Games Started3330
   
Innings Pitched212.2182.2
   
Wins2014
   
Losses54
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142152
   
Earned Runs5966
   
Home Runs Allowed2920
   
Strikeouts326215
   
Walks4837
   
ERA2.503.26
   
WHIP0.891.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched75.469.5
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5859
   
Earned Runs2627
   
Home Runs Allowed119
   
Strikeouts10179
   
Walks2117
   
ERA3.123.47
   
WHIP1.051.10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
News 
 Gerrit Cole threw a simulated game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Thu, Jul 2nd
Walker Buehler allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Athletics. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Mar 6th
 Gerrit Cole has been keeping in shape, but Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman is uncertain if the ace will be ready to throw 100 pitches by Opening Day, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Jul 1st
Walker Buehler pitched two perfect innings against the Rockies in his spring debut Saturday, striking out two batters.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Mar 1st
 Gerrit Cole gave up one run in 3 1/3 innings and struck out six versus the Blue Jays in Grapefruit League action on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Mar 10th
 
 Gerrit Cole served up two homers in the first and two homers in the second to surrender six runs while getting six outs Thursday against the Tigers.
John Aubin
Fri, Mar 6th
 
 Gerrit Cole is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start on Monday versus the Pirates.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Feb 23rd
 
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
Where you take Buehler is all about your approach to pitching in a shortened season. There's a case to take him in the first round, as he has the pure stuff to be the No. 1 pitcher by season's end with his 29 percent strikeout rate and five percent walk rate in 2019.
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
A 5.22 ERA in April scared fantasy owners, but Buehler quickly recovered from the Dodgers' ill-planned "ease into the year" plan. He looked precisely like the pitcher his fantasy owners had hoped for after that, ending the year with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 29.2% strikeout rate. His meager five percent walk rate was one of the best in the league, and with an incredibly strong offense behind him once again, Buehler should excel in all four of the starting pitching categories in 2020. Have no concerns.
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