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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Brandon Woodruff (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
39 of 50 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 13
Best Rank# 7# 4
Worst Rank# 18# 27
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 37
Best Rank# 27# 32
Worst Rank# 34# 50
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts205191
Wins1211
Saves00
ERA3.483.45
WHIP1.111.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 13
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 13
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 8# 12
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 10
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 10# 13
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 13# 27
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 11# 15
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 8# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 10# 13
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 11# 13
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 12# 13
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 10# 13
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 12
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 8# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 10# 13
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 11# 13
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 8# 11
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 12
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 8# 11
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 10# 13
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 10# 12
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 13
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 13
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 11# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 15
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 11# 14
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 12# 13
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 13# 16
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 8# 14
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 11# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 14# 19
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 8# 11
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 11# 13
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 11# 13
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 10# 13
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 11# 14
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 8# 10
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 10# 9
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 10# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 11# 9
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 12
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 13# 4
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 13# 12
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 15# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 16# 12
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 18# 13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played913
   
Games Started913
   
Innings Pitched40.174.2
   
Wins43
   
Losses35
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed3355
   
Earned Runs2225
   
Home Runs Allowed69
   
Strikeouts4991
   
Walks1618
   
ERA4.913.05
   
WHIP1.210.99
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3130
   
Games Started3129
   
Innings Pitched173.0165.5
   
Wins1211
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138141
   
Earned Runs6763
   
Home Runs Allowed2320
   
Strikeouts205191
   
Walks5446
   
ERA3.483.45
   
WHIP1.111.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
News 
 Jack Flaherty pitched six innings in a victory over the Nationals on Monday, giving up six hits, five runs (two earned), two walks and notching five strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Apr 19th
Brandon Woodruff (1-0) allowed one run on one hit and three walks while striking out seven over six innings against the Padres on Monday, earning the win.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Apr 20th
 Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty got the better of Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night, pitching five innings (96 pitches) of one-run ball while yielding only three hits and striking out six.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Apr 14th
Brandon Woodruff allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out six across six innings Tuesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Apr 14th
 After struggling in his season debut, Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty pitched six scoreless innings against the Marlins on Wednesday, yielding only one hit while issuing four walks to go along with six strikeouts while picking up his first win of the season.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Apr 7th
Brandon Woodruff allowed one hit and struck out eight over seven innings in Wednesday's win over the Cubs. He did not factor in the decision.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Apr 7th
 Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty had a rocky season debut on Thursday, lasting only 4.1 innings while surrendering six hits, six earned runs, and two walks to go along with four strikeouts.
Lucas Spence
Fri, Apr 2nd
Brandon Woodruff allowed three earned runs over four innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Thursday. He allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out five.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Apr 1st
 MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has confirmed Jack Flaherty will be the team's Opening Day starter against Cincinnati.
Lucas Spence
Thu, Feb 25th
Brandon Woodruff has been named the Brewers' Opening Day starter against the Twins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 18th
Notes 
 Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
There were some skeptics after Woodruff succeeded in 2019 based largely on one pitch - his devastating fastball - but he put those concerns to rest in 2020. His ERA (3.05) and WHIP (0.99) were incredibly strong, particularly when you consider that he struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings. Woodruff's fastball hits rests at 96 MPH and is one of the better pitches in baseball, but his slider and changeup both made strides last year. The Brewers are reportedly planning to add about 100 innings to their starter's workloads last season, so pencil Woodruff in for roughly 175 extremely strong frames. You can survive with him as your fantasy ace, though he's best as an incredibly strong number 2.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Woodruff's 2020 season ranked in the 90th percentile in both xERA and xwOBA. He rates out well according to both FIP and Baseball Savant. It's fair to call him a good-to-great starting pitcher. The question becomes what kind of workload can we expect from Milwaukee's No. 1? Woodruff logged 73 2/3 innings last summer after posting a career-high 121 2/3 frames in 2019. The Brewers plan to add on 100 innings to each of their SP's workloads from last year. If you believe Woodruff will hold up then he's a wildly exciting SP2 in fantasy.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros