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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Stephen Strasburg (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
22 of 43 experts
49%
Recommended by
21 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 7
Best Rank# 3# 5
Worst Rank# 12# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 22
Best Rank# 20# 20
Worst Rank# 24# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7880
Wins45
Saves00
ERA3.563.61
WHIP1.131.15
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 6
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 11
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 6
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 13
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 8
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 7# 8
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 7# 8
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 8# 10
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 7# 9
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 6# 10
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 8
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 9
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 6# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 15
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 4# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 7# 8
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 7# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 6
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 7# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 7# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 8# 6
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 8# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 8# 5
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 7
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 8# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 9# 7
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 9# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 5
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 9# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 9# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 7
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 9
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 12# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3333
   
Games Started3333
   
Innings Pitched196.1209.2
   
Wins1118
   
Losses86
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed135161
   
Earned Runs6077
   
Home Runs Allowed2524
   
Strikeouts231251
   
Walks5556
   
ERA2.753.32
   
WHIP0.971.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched68.070.7
   
Wins45
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5561
   
Earned Runs2728
   
Home Runs Allowed99
   
Strikeouts7880
   
Walks2220
   
ERA3.563.61
   
WHIP1.131.15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
News 
 Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Jack Flaherty as the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 22nd
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks while striking out four in Wednesday's matchup against the Houston Astros.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 11th
Notes 
 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
Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
Michael Waterloo - 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
Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros