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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Jose Altuve (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Expert
Recommendation
65%
Recommended by
36 of 55 experts
35%
Recommended by
19 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 30
Best Rank# 13# 19
Worst Rank# 88# 79
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 31
Best Rank# 19# 26
Worst Rank# 24# 33
   
Projections 
   
Runs36
Home Runs99
RBI30
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.305
Strikeouts7934
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.56
WHIP1.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 28# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 32
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 25# 63
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 28
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 25# 28
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 38
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 39# 42
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 28# 50
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 30
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 46
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 35
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 29
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 13# 30
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 26# 27
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 79
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 17# 20
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 27# 44
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 28# 31
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 26# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 29# 42
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 22# 24
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 26# 35
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 18# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 34# 45
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 34
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 24# 33
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 19# 24
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 28# 34
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 30# 31
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 21# 32
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 28# 31
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 19# 44
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 44
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 24
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 26# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 29# 21
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 26
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 30# 19
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 32# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 27
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 26
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 34# 23
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 36# 24
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 39# 33
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 43# 22
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 43# 32
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 46# 22
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 48# 47
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 67# 28
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 88# 25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs89
   
Home Runs2531
   
RBI74
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.298
   
Strikeouts23182
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.75
   
WHIP0.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs36
   
Home Runs99
   
RBI30
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.305
   
Strikeouts7934
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.56
   
WHIP1.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
News 
 Jack Flaherty took the loss in Game 3 of the Wild Card Round on Friday when he gave up one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks across six innings in the Cardinals 4-0 loss to the Padres.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 2nd
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with one double, a solo home run and two RBI during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Rays in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 15th
 Jack Flaherty allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings in the Cardinals 3-0 loss to the Brewers in Game One on Friday. Flaherty allowed a solo home run to Christian Yelich in the third inning and at least one Brewer reached base in every inning except the first. The Cardinals fell to 28-27 with the loss.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, Sep 26th
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Rays in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Wed, Oct 14th
 Jack Flaherty tossed six innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 11 to record his second win of the season as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday. Flaherty allowed a leadoff double to Bryan Reynolds in the fourth inning and the Pirates brought him around to score on a sacrifice fly later in the frame. Flaherty threw 102 pitches, 61 of them for strikes, and the Cardinals improved to 26-24 with the victory. They are now one game ahead of both the Reds and Brewers for Second Place in the NL Central in what figures to be one of the final week's most exciting playoff races.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Sep 21st
Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Rays in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Mon, Oct 12th
 Jack Flaherty allowed nine earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over three innings pitched in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Flaherty threw 81 pitches, 48 of them for strikes, and gave up back-to-back home runs in the first inning to Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. The Brewers added two runs in the third on a Daniel Vogelbach double and seven runs in the fourth, five of which were charged to Flaherty. He allowed four singles and a walk before being relieved without recording an out in that inning. The Cardinals fell to 21-22 with the loss and have a half game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, and one game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for Second Place in the NL Central.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Sep 16th
Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored, and drew a pair of walks in the Astros 11-6 drubbing of the A's in Game 4 of the ALDS.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Oct 8th
 Jack Flaherty threw five innings allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with six strike outs as the Cardinals beat the Tigers 12-2 in Game One on Thursday. Flaherty allowed a Jeimer Candelario home run in the fourth inning, which accounted for all of the Tigers scoring. The Cardinals moved to 19-17 after the victory.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Fri, Sep 11th
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Astros fell to the A's 9-7 in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 7th
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
Jose Altuve has lived in the early rounds of fantasy drafts for the past five years. But now, after the cheating scandal and slight decline, Altuve is dropping to the third round. If you haven't noticed yet, second base is a weak position, so it's a good spot to grab Altuve. He's still on the right side of 30, but just temper the expectations for the stolen base numbers to return to vintage Altuve-type numbers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 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
There is a TON of upside potential for Altuve as much as 15 picks higher than where I am ranking him, but as I do my rankings I keep seeing players I would rather have and more and more doubts that Altuve will get back to stealing 20+ bases. Without those steals, the plus BA isn't enough to make me bite over the alternatives.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
Scary drop in SBs and SB success rate. Average dropped under .300 for the first time since 2013. Exit Velocity and Hard hit % were below average so a significant drop in HRs can be assumed. Avoiding at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Hit a career-high 31 homers in 2019 and finished the season on a tear. No longer a reliable source of steals
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros