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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
56%
Recommended by
24 of 43 experts
44%
Recommended by
19 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 6
Best Rank# 4# 3
Worst Rank# 27# 12
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 25# 24
Best Rank# 21# 20
Worst Rank# 31# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8078
Wins54
Saves00
ERA3.603.56
WHIP1.131.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 8
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 8# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 8
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 7# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 6# 7
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 6# 7
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 5# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 6# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 7# 9
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 9# 12
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 11
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 7
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 8# 10
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 8# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 8# 9
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 6# 8
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 8# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 6# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 10# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 11# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 7# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 5
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 5
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 12# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 6
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 12# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 11# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 9# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 9# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 7
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 8# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 9# 8
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 11# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 12# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 27# 8
   
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 Pitched71.868.0
   
Wins54
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6755
   
Earned Runs2927
   
Home Runs Allowed109
   
Strikeouts8078
   
Walks1422
   
ERA3.603.56
   
WHIP1.131.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Shane Bieber will remain the Indians' Opening Day starter on July 24th.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 3rd
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Jack Flaherty as the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 22nd
 The Indians announced Shane Bieber will be the team's Opening Day starter in 2020.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Mar 6th
 
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
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
 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
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