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Who Should I Draft?

Ian Anderson or Lance McCullers Jr. (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
34 of 51 experts
33%
Recommended by
17 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 37
Best Rank# 22# 22
Worst Rank# 71# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 89# 124
Best Rank# 75# 109
Worst Rank# 127# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts153152
Wins1010
Saves00
ERA3.833.72
WHIP1.281.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 46
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 39
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 39# 40
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 41# 44
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 45
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 34# 36
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 45# 51
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 49
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 39# 41
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 41# 44
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 39# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 39# 51
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 41
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 22# 37
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 23# 25
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 37
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 32# 48
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 44# 48
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 40# 52
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 30# 44
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 49
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 34# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 35# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 34# 43
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 23# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 38# 40
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 45# 67
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 29# 32
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 30# 47
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 49
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 36# 44
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 36# 40
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 33# 37
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 23
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 33# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 32
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 40# 34
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 41# 36
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 42# 40
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 42# 35
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 45# 31
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 46# 22
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 47# 36
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 52# 32
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 53# 30
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 54# 44
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 55# 41
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 58# 28
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 62# 43
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 71# 28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played611
   
Games Started611
   
Innings Pitched32.255.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses23
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed2144
   
Earned Runs724
   
Home Runs Allowed15
   
Strikeouts4156
   
Walks1420
   
ERA1.953.93
   
WHIP1.081.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2526
   
Games Started2526
   
Innings Pitched137.2144.2
   
Wins1010
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed117126
   
Earned Runs5860
   
Home Runs Allowed1616
   
Strikeouts153152
   
Walks5848
   
ERA3.833.72
   
WHIP1.281.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
News 
 Ian Anderson pitched seven innings against the Diamondbacks Wednesday, allowing two hits, one run (earned), and one walk while striking eight batters out. The Braves offense provided good run support, and Anderson's record improved to 8-5, and he also earned a quality start. He threw 97 pitches, 59 for strikes, and carries a 3.60 ERA.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 23rd
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs over six innings of work against the Angels on Thursday. His final line included two hits, four walks, five strikeouts, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Los Angeles by a score of 3-2.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
 Ian Anderson pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Giants Friday, allowing five hits, four runs (all earned), and two walks while striking out seven batters. He was not a factor in the decision. He threw 99 pitches, 60 for strikes, and carries a 3.75 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sat, Sep 18th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. His final line included seven hits, two walks, eight strikeouts, and the no-decision. Houston ultimately fell to Arizona by a score of 6-4 in 10 innings.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 19th
 Ian Anderson pitched five innings against the Marlins Friday, allowing five hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks while striking out nine batters. The Braves bullpen held the Marlins scoreless the rest of the way, and Anderson got the win, his record improving to 7-5 on the year. He threw 89 pitches, 62 for strikes, and carries a 3.61 ERA.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 10th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed one run (a solo homer) over six innings of work against the Angels on Sunday. His final line included three hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and the win. Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
 Ian Anderson pitched three innings against the Rockies Saturday, allowing five hits, four runs (all earned), and four walks. He was not a factor in the decision, a 7-6 Rockies win. He threw 62 pitches, 33 for strikes, and carries a 3.61 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed two runs over six innings of work against the Mariners on Sunday evening. His final line included four hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. Houston ultimately defeated Seattle by a score of 11-2.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, Sep 7th
 Ian Anderson pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Giants Sunday, allowing four hits and two walks. The Braves won in a rout, 9-0, and Anderson's record improved to 6-5 on the year. He threw 86 pitches, 49 for strikes, and carries a 3.36 ERA.
Steve Painter
Mon, Aug 30th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. threw five scoreless innings en route to earning the no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday. His final line included four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 4-0.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 1st
Notes 
 Playoffs included, Anderson's final 2020 stat line was 51 innings, 65 strikeouts, a 1.59 ERA, and a 1.10 WHIP. Backed up by a strong prospect pedigree, Anderson was extremely impressive in his first taste of the big leagues. He never got shelled in any start and gave up just one homer all season. His regular season CSW (called strike plus whiff rate) compated similarly to Blake Snell and Walker Buehler at 30.8%. The concerns with his '21 fantasy value are a 4.2 BB/9 and an innings limit. While valid, Anderson is talented enough to still warrant excitement as a top 25-30 SP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
McCullers made a successful return from Tommy John surgery after missing the 2019 season and looked almost exactly like the 2018 version of himself. His ERA (3.93) and WHIP (1.16) were within seven-tenths of a point of his 2018 numbers, and his walk and strikeout rates fell just slightly. McCullers relied a bit more on his sinker and less on his curveball than in past years, but the two work well together and he continued to throw them in combination about 80% of the time. In short, what you thought of McCullers heading into 2018 is pretty much what you should think of him now. Unfortunately, that includes concerns about his innings, because after a missed year and 55 innings last year, the chances of him topping 150 innings this season are remote. Buy him at his production, but understand that there's likely a hard cap on his innings total.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 After rising through the minor leagues, Anderson had an excellent debut season with the Braves in 2020, pitching to a 1.95 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with a 29.7% strikeout rate. He was even better in four postseason starts, allowing just two runs over 18 2/3 innings while striking out 24. Anderson led all starters in barrel rate (just 1.2%), and has an excellent fastball, curveball, and changeup. His control isn't elite, but his raw stuff and prospect pedigree suggest that his 2020 season was no fluke. Draft him with confidence as a No. 2 starter.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros