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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Blake Snell (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Expert
Recommendation
85%
Recommended by
44 of 52 experts
15%
Recommended by
8 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 11
Best Rank# 3# 7
Worst Rank# 18# 38
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 43
Best Rank# 19# 36
Worst Rank# 24# 47
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7975
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.563.39
WHIP1.141.18
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 16
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 15
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 14
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 19
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 8
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 38
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 3# 18
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 9
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 10
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 7# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 15
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 11
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 11
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 7# 17
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 7# 14
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 7# 9
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 20
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 7# 18
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 7# 10
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 7# 10
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 7# 16
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 9# 10
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 6# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 8# 15
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 10# 13
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 10
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 21
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 9# 10
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 15
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 10
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 8# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 11
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 10
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 8# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 17
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 11# 14
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 15
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 8# 21
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 8# 9
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 9# 11
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 5# 17
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 7# 15
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 9# 20
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 8# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 9
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 10
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 10
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 12# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 9
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 18# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3323
   
Games Started3323
   
Innings Pitched196.1107.2
   
Wins116
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed13596
   
Earned Runs6051
   
Home Runs Allowed2514
   
Strikeouts231147
   
Walks5540
   
ERA2.754.29
   
WHIP0.971.27
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched69.159.8
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5648
   
Earned Runs2723
   
Home Runs Allowed97
   
Strikeouts7975
   
Walks2222
   
ERA3.563.39
   
WHIP1.141.18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
News 
 Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports the Cardinals are not going to Detroit this week.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
Blake Snell pitched three innings on Friday in Baltimore, allowing three runs on four hits en route to a no-decision.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 1st
 Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the scheduled Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader has officially been postponed.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 1st
Blake Snell said that he is expecting to pitch at least three innings on Friday, and could even go five innings 'depending on how it's going.'
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Jul 30th
 The Cardinals versus Brewers game on Saturday has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 1st
Blake Snell lasted two scoreless innings on Sunday against Toronto, striking out five while allowing three hits and two walks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 26th
 The Brewers versus Cardinals game on Friday has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 31st
Blake Snell will be limited to two-to-four innings in Sunday’s matchup against the Blue Jays.
Brad Camara
Sun, Jul 26th
 Jack Flaherty (1-0) allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out seven across seven innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Pirates. He earned his first victory of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Jul 25th
Blake Snell (elbow) is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, which lines him up to pitch in the Rays' third game of the season on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 19th
Notes 
 2019 shocked me and ranking him THIS high confirms that belief, but I can't move him ahead of the leagues Aces after one great season. Close, but not yet.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Better pitcher than some of the others ahead of him but I don't trust him to be consistent. Go big or go home is one way to look at it and if that's your way, move Snell up 20 picks. I am a steady as we go guy and Snell is riskier than I feel good about .
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 When Jacob deGrom posted his historic 2018 numbers en route to his Cy Young, we knew that there would be regression coming in 2019. Carrying over a 1.70 ERA, 1.94 average against, and a 0.91 WHIP wasn't sustainable, and we knew that. For his encore in 2019, he posted a 2.43 ERA, .205 average against, and a 0.97 WHIP. So when people mention that Flaherty's second half is the driving force around his price tag, they aren't wrong. His second half was historic - especially compared to his first half of 2019, where he struggled mightly. But even with regression to his second-half numbers - 0.91 ERA, .142 average against, and 0.71 WHIP - Flaherty has the pedigree, sample size, and stuff to be the ace for your team. Don't overthink it."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
You need to pull the trigger on a starter eventually. With Snell, there's no debating the ace-type ceiling that he has - look at his 2018 season if you need further proof - but so far, that's been the big outlier for him. He's dealt with a rash of injuries, which has forced the Rays to limit his workload. In Spring Training, he was dealing with elbow soreness. He's a high-risk, high-reward pick this year. You've been warned.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Snell's subpar season was limited to just 107 innings after he underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery. Although owners might want to shy away after last year, there were plenty of encouraging signs. His FIP and xFIP were roughly a run lower than his ERA, his 33.3% strikeout rate was actually an improvement on his breakout year, and batters continued to make incredibly weak contact. If healthy, he should return to dominance.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Easy bounce-back candidate. Would've led baseball in swinging strike rate if he had the innings to qualify
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros