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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Xander Bogaerts (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
31 of 55 experts
44%
Recommended by
24 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 28
Best Rank# 13# 19
Worst Rank# 88# 70
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 34
Best Rank# 19# 31
Worst Rank# 24# 35
   
Projections 
   
Runs34
Home Runs910
RBI36
Stolen Bases2
Batting Avg.294
Strikeouts7943
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.56
WHIP1.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 24
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 25# 70
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 32
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 43
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 44
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 28# 37
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 46# 65
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 46
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 13# 28
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 30
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 26# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 26# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 31
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 17# 22
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 22# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 26# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 40
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 18# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 34# 37
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 32
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 37
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 24# 35
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 19# 47
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 28# 29
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 30# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 21# 29
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 30
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 30# 36
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 19# 43
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 25# 23
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 25
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 26# 24
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 19
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 27# 26
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 28# 26
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 28# 21
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 28# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 29# 22
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 29# 23
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 32# 26
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 26
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 34# 27
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 27
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 36# 29
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 39# 23
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 39# 30
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 43# 27
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 43# 30
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 46# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 48# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 67# 47
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 88# 26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs110
   
Home Runs2533
   
RBI117
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.311
   
Strikeouts231122
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.75
   
WHIP0.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs34
   
Home Runs910
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.294
   
Strikeouts7943
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.56
   
WHIP1.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
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
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Braves.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 28th
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a stolen base, a run scored, and a walk in Saturday's 8-2 win over Atlanta.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 27th
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs on Tuesday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles by an 8-3 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 23rd
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run as the Red Sox beat the Marlins on Thursday by a 5-3 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 18th
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-5 at the plate with a run scored on Wednesday as the Red Sox lost to the Marlins by an 8-4 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 17th
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
Regression is coming in both HRs and Batting Average. Still a legit offensive SS.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
If you look at the early shortstops taken - Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor, Trea Turner, Alex Bregman - Bogaerts was able to add his name as far as fantasy value to that core four last year, but he's cheaper this year. Why? Well, despite having the breakout season in 2019, there wasn't a lot below the surface that was really different. Bogaerts is a good player, but is he that much better than the other options at the position that can be had rounds later? If he repeats the breakout, sure. If not, you're breaking even with the pick at best.
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
Bogaerts had an outstanding 2019 season, obliterating his career-high in home runs and RBI and getting his batting average back over .300. But the thing is, his underlying metrics don't look all that different from his solid but unspectacular 2018 season. His strikeout rate, hard hit percentage, average exit velocity, and launch angle all remained nearly identical, while his steals (only four) continued to trend down to a now useless level from a fantasy perspective. Bogaerts is still a fine option but at a strong position and now batting in a weaker lineup, be careful not to waste too high a pick on him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Power finally broke out in 2019. Remains in a loaded lineup
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros