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Who Should I Draft?

Ian Anderson or Zac Gallen (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
30 of 51 experts
41%
Recommended by
21 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 41
Best Rank# 22# 10
Worst Rank# 71# 97
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 89# 83
Best Rank# 75# 58
Worst Rank# 127# 146
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts153160
Wins109
Saves00
ERA3.833.54
WHIP1.281.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 70
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 34
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 39# 59
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 45# 60
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 95
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 34# 35
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 52# 75
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 78
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 59
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 42# 57
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 47
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 42# 56
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 46# 53
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 39# 42
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 22# 44
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 23# 53
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 40# 44
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 50
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 44# 52
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 40# 48
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 34# 41
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 41# 43
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 23# 40
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 45# 92
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 29# 49
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 30# 45
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 36# 51
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 36# 37
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 54# 97
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 53# 62
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 30# 15
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 32# 29
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 33# 17
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 33# 10
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 18
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 34# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 22
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 35# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 31
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 38# 14
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 39# 15
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 39# 16
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 41# 29
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 41# 25
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 45# 15
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 47# 26
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 55# 15
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 58# 44
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 62# 30
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 71# 63
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played612
   
Games Started612
   
Innings Pitched32.272.0
   
Wins33
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed2155
   
Earned Runs722
   
Home Runs Allowed19
   
Strikeouts4182
   
Walks1425
   
ERA1.952.75
   
WHIP1.081.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2524
   
Games Started2523
   
Innings Pitched137.2141.0
   
Wins109
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed117117
   
Earned Runs5855
   
Home Runs Allowed1618
   
Strikeouts153160
   
Walks5846
   
ERA3.833.54
   
WHIP1.281.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
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
RHP Zac Gallen took a no-decision on Sunday when he allowed four runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over six innings as the D-Backs lost to the Astros 7-6.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Sep 20th
 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
RHP Zac Gallen took the loss on Tuesday when he allowed three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings as the Diamondbacks lost to the Rangers 3-1.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 8th
 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
RHP Zac Gallen took a loss on Tuesday when he surrendered three runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts over six innings as the D-Backs lost to the Rangers.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 1st
 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
RHP Zac Gallen earned the win on Thursday when he surrendered two unearned runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts over five innings as the D-Backs beat the Phillies 8-7.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Aug 26th
 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
RHP Zac Gallen took a no-decision on Saturday when he allowed just three hits and one walk to go along with nine strikeouts over seven scoreless innings as the Diamondbacks lost to the Rockies 5-2.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Aug 22nd
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
Gallen has a hairline stress fracture of his right forearm at the radial head. He's reportedly going to be able to continue playing catch at a "low stress level" while recovering, though there's no indication of how much time he'll miss. When healthy, he's a solid SP2. He built on his excellent 2019 season with an even more impressive 2020 campaign. Not only did he drop his ERA slightly to 2.75, but he cut way down on his walks (10.8% to 8.6%), which led to a much-improved 1.11 WHIP. Gallen has a 28.5% strikeout rate in 152 MLB innings, and an excellent fastball, curveball, and changeup. There's just not much negative you can say about him when he's healthy other than he might again struggle for wins playing for a mediocre team in a good division. Because of the injury and surrounding uncertainty, you shouldn't draft him as anything higher than an SP4, but he should perform extremely well when he does recover.
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
Gallen has been undergoing treatment for lateral forearm soreness since mid-March, which isn't what fantasy managers want to hear. Even worse, the young right-hander first felt the injury while swinging a bat. His timeline to return is completely up in the air, so we need to move him down the rankings until we learn more. Once healthy, Gallen has four above average pitches that he can use to flummox hitters. The WHIP won't be as pristine as most of the true SP1s, but this is a young pitcher who has a 2.81 ERA over his first 27 big league starts. Hopefully he gets right soon.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros