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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
40 of 51 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 51 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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 10# 17
   
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 a perfect 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts in an inning of relief on Sunday.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Oct 3rd
Brandon Woodruff did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 29th
 Jack Flaherty (shoulder) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 29th
Brandon Woodruff (9-10) took the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on two hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 22nd
 Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty will be available out of the bullpen beginning on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 28th
Brandon Woodruff (9-9) took the loss Wednesday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on four hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 15th
 Jack Flaherty (shoulder strain) returned to the Cardinals rotation in the role of an "opener" for the second game of their doubleheader against the Cubs on Friday. However, he recorded only one out and gave up two runs before being removed from the game.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 25th
The Brewers have scratched pitcher Brandon Woodruff from his start on Saturday due to a stomach bug. Eric Lauer will take the mound instead. Meanwhile, Woodruff's start has been moved back to Wednesday.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 11th
 St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty is scheduled to pitch Game 2 on Friday afternoon.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
Brandon Woodruff (9-8) took the loss Monday against the Phillies, allowing four runs on nine hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 6th
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