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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Jose Abreu (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 32
Best Rank# 22# 15
Worst Rank# 69# 54
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 38
Best Rank# 27# 29
Worst Rank# 34# 39
   
Projections 
   
Runs86
Home Runs2333
RBI111
Stolen Bases2
Batting Avg.281
Strikeouts205141
Wins12
Saves0
ERA3.48
WHIP1.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 33
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 33# 34
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 44
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 34
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 32# 43
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 54
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 29# 40
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 37
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 41# 43
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 37
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 22# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 46
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 32# 34
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 22# 30
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 23# 35
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 39
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 35# 49
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 28# 37
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 45
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 27# 40
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 48
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 34# 37
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 36
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 22# 36
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 38
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 40
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 31# 35
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 23# 24
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 30# 35
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 41# 49
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 29# 44
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 22# 26
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 26# 19
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 24
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 30# 27
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 29
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 31# 24
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 32# 30
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 32# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 33# 29
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 33# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 34# 31
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 31
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 38# 30
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 39# 26
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 41# 26
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 35
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 46# 30
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 47# 15
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 50# 38
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 51# 27
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 52# 23
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 55# 16
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 58# 31
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 69# 21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs43
   
Home Runs619
   
RBI60
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.317
   
Strikeouts4959
   
Wins4
   
Saves0
   
ERA4.91
   
WHIP1.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs86
   
Home Runs2333
   
RBI111
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.281
   
Strikeouts205141
   
Wins12
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.48
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
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
Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 on Friday, hitting his 30th double and 30th home run while also drawing a walk.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Oct 2nd
 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
Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 on Sunday, hitting a single while also drawing two walks. He would score once in the game.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 27th
 Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty will be available out of the bullpen beginning on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 28th
Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 on the day, hitting a single and a double.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
 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
Jose Abreu was just 1-for-4 on the day, but his lone hit was a three-run blast to open the scoring for the White Sox. He also drew a walk and struck out twice.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
 St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty is scheduled to pitch Game 2 on Friday afternoon.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 on Thursday, hitting two singles and driving in a run in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Sep 10th
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
For most players, fantasy managers need to consider whether to discount a highly out-of-character dip in their numbers given the shortened season. For Abreu, it's the opposite - whether fantasy managers should give credence to an outstanding MVP season, during which Abreu vastly outperformed his numbers from every other season of his career. Everything was good for Abreu in 2020, everything. He hit the ball harder than ever and consistently. He got on base more. He had career-high paces in every category. Abreu will be entering his age-34 season, so there's no way you should expect a repeat performance, but it's worth noting that he has increased his average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage in each of the last five seasons. Abreu's cost doesn't match his numbers last year, of course, but you'll still have to pay a hefty price in drafts. Given his safety and and his newly-discovered upside, however, it's worth it.
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