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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Shane Bieber (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
27 of 50 experts
46%
Recommended by
23 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 7
Best Rank# 4# 3
Worst Rank# 39# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 25# 24
Best Rank# 21# 19
Worst Rank# 30# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8079
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.653.56
WHIP1.141.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 8# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 10
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 12
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 7# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 6# 10
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 6# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 6# 7
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 5# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 6# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 6# 8
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 11
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 9# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 7
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 7# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 6# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 8# 9
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 8# 11
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 6# 8
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 8# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 6# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 5# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 10# 3
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 11# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 4
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 8# 5
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 5
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 7# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 9# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 6
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 12# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 11# 6
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 7
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 8# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 9# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 7
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 8# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 11# 7
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 8# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 9# 8
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 11# 8
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 39# 12
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3433
   
Games Started3333
   
Innings Pitched214.1196.1
   
Wins1511
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed185135
   
Earned Runs7860
   
Home Runs Allowed3125
   
Strikeouts259231
   
Walks4055
   
ERA3.282.75
   
WHIP1.050.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched72.469.1
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6856
   
Earned Runs2927
   
Home Runs Allowed109
   
Strikeouts8079
   
Walks1522
   
ERA3.653.56
   
WHIP1.141.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Shan Bieber had his worst start of the season in the Indian's playoff opener against the Yankees, giving up seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 30th
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
 Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed one unearned run over five innings in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked three in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
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
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings in a 10-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked two in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
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
 Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs over seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Twins on Friday. Bieber struck out eight and walked two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 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
 Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber threw five innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 6th
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
Notes 
 Bieber may not be the most polarizing player in drafts this year, but it's hard to argue that he isn't the most polarizing pitcher. For every positive (peripherals were in line with his surface stats), that are concerns (he gets hit HARD). If you're a Bieber truther (Belieber, I guess), it's good value for him here as the ace of your staff. But if you have any pause about him at all, you should fade him and go with a safer option.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
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
 Bieber was simply fantastic in 2019 and gave you everything you want from a stud pitcher. He was second in the league innings, had a 3.28 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and was top-10 in strikeout and walk rates. He gave up his fair share of home runs but, overall, there are next to no complaint about Bieber. Draft him with confidence as a low-end ace.
Dan Harris - 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
 Figured out how to pitch to lefties last year. If that holds he'll once again be elite due to his exceptional command
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
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
  Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros