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Who Should I Draft?

James Paxton or Edwin Diaz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
Expert
Recommendation
83%
Recommended by
34 of 41 experts
17%
Recommended by
7 of 41 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 71
Best Rank# 20# 21
Worst Rank# 73# 149
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 111# 138
Best Rank# 103# 135
Worst Rank# 132# 197
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts90148
Wins310
Saves250
ERA3.263.85
WHIP1.081.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 69
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 131
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 24# 53
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 41# 73
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 47# 83
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 20# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 71
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 87
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 32
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 42# 98
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 41# 70
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 32# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 71
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 47# 49
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 32# 80
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 43
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 99
   
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Sporfolio
# 73# 149
   
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Athlon Sports
# 39# 85
   
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Pitcher List
# 50# 73
   
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RotoBaller
# 45# 90
   
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RotoBaller
# 47# 86
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 56# 111
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 103
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 40# 41
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 42# 71
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 47# 70
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 31# 44
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 43# 70
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 32# 40
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 39# 71
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 39
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 42# 84
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 34# 48
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 32# 21
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 47# 26
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 27
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 34# 31
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 37# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 51# 35
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6629
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched58.1151.1
   
Wins215
   
Losses76
   
Saves260
   
Blown Saves70
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed58138
   
Earned Runs3664
   
Home Runs Allowed1523
   
Strikeouts99186
   
Walks2255
   
ERA5.593.82
   
WHIP1.381.28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5822
   
Games Started022
   
Innings Pitched58.7125.0
   
Wins310
   
Losses36
   
Saves250
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds30
   
Hits Allowed44111
   
Earned Runs2153
   
Home Runs Allowed819
   
Strikeouts90148
   
Walks2040
   
ERA3.263.85
   
WHIP1.081.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
News 
 Mets reliever Edwin Diaz did not a allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over the course of a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 12th
James Paxton told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network that he is working to increase the spin rate of his pitches.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 23rd
  James Paxton (back) is throwing simulated innings, per Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman.
Brad Camara
Thu, May 14th
  James Paxton will be ready to go on Opening Day (whenever it may be), as he has rehabbed well from back surgery over the last few months.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Wed, Apr 22nd
  Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake told reporters that James Paxton is progressing well from February spinal surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 1st
  James Paxton with a back injury could be ready to return to the mound by the beginning of the regular season.
Craig Rosenkrantz
Thu, Mar 19th
Notes 
 Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Paxton will be out until at least early May (and likely longer) after undergoing a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst in early February. Although his talent is undeniable, this is yet another in a long list of injuries for Paxton, who has eight injured list stints since the beginning of the 2014 season. While early May is the front end of the three to four month timetable, expect Paxton's absence to last until at least June and possibly longer if he has any setbacks.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Diaz is clearly an exceptional talent as demonstrated by his insane 2018 campaign, but we are talking about a 10th round pick who didn't even manage to finish among the top 50 relievers last season. Sure, the 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP are likely to come down but will it happen long enough to hold onto the closer job all year?
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 
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