Who Should I Draft?

Jameson Taillon or Zack Wheeler (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
46 of 59 experts
22%
Recommended by
13 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 28
Best Rank# 11# 13
Worst Rank# 40# 92
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 66# 85
Best Rank# 54# 83
Worst Rank# 72# 96
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts173169
Wins1211
Saves00
ERA3.653.59
WHIP1.231.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 28
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 20# 27
   
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DailyOverlay
# 19# 31
   
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The Athletic
# 13# 38
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 13# 17
   
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USA Today
# 16# 29
   
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# 37# 39
   
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# 24# 25
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 19# 35
   
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# 20# 47
   
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The Athletic
# 18# 26
   
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Beast Dome
# 29# 92
   
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Fake Teams
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Pitcher List
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RotoBaller
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FantasyPros
# 31# 46
   
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# 22# 34
   
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Razzball
# 20# 21
   
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RotoBaller
# 26# 51
   
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FantasyPros
# 38# 39
   
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Freeze Stats
# 26# 28
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 21# 28
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 39
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 20# 35
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 17# 31
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 18# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 15# 29
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 18# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 33
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 21# 32
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 21
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 17
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 19
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 19
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 21
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 25# 20
   
Jason Johnson
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# 26# 22
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 27# 23
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 28# 13
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 27
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 29# 21
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 31# 23
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 40# 32
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3229
   
Games Started3229
   
Innings Pitched191.2182.2
   
Wins1412
   
Losses107
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed179150
   
Earned Runs6867
   
Home Runs Allowed2014
   
Strikeouts179179
   
Walks4655
   
ERA3.203.31
   
WHIP1.181.12
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3229
   
Games Started3229
   
Innings Pitched186.7172.4
   
Wins1211
   
Losses109
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed181155
   
Earned Runs7669
   
Home Runs Allowed2118
   
Strikeouts173169
   
Walks4858
   
ERA3.653.59
   
WHIP1.231.24
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
News 
 Jameson Taillion underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 14th
Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over seven innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Saturday.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 22nd
 Jameson Taillon acknowledged Thursday that his 2019 season is likely over, after experiencing a setback in recovering from a strained right elbow.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 25th
Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on six hits and no walks while striking out nine over seven innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 16th
 Jamison Taillon (elbow) will start playing catch Thursday or Friday of this week.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 4th
Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks. The win brings him to 11-7 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 11th
 In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Jake Elmore, the Pirates have moved Jameson Taillon to the 60-day injured list.
Andrew Seifter
Mon, May 13th
Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in Wednesday's win over the Nationals. The win brings him to 10-7 on the year.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 5th
 The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the 10-day IL with a right elbow flexor strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 4th
Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 31st
Notes 
 If you look at Taillon's second half, it may seem as though he broke out into an ace, but the underlying metrics tell a different story. Rather, he was propped up by a great deal of BABIP and HR/FB ratio luck. Most likely, he will continue to pitch like a good #3 this season for Pittsburgh.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Wheeler has had struggles staying on the field but even if we can get 120 innings of the way he pitched to close the season, he would prove well worth a mid-round pick's investment. He may be the breakout ace that no one in the industry seems to be talking about this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Finally healthy after dealing with injuries and a cancer diagnosis, Taillon established himself in 2018 as a pitcher who can provide solid ratios, albeit it with a middling strikeout rate. He benefits from a very pitcher-friendly environment in Pittsburgh, boosting his fantasy floor, but he simply doesn't belong among the top-25 fantasy starters until he begins to pile up the Ks.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Wheeler posted a mid-3.00s ERA for the third time in four years in 2018, proving that his rough 2017 season was the true outlier. His .279 BABIP allowed was somewhat fortunate, but he also significantly trimmed his walk rate, providing confidence that he can maintain some of the gain he made in WHIP last year. He doesn't strike out enough hitters to have ace potential, but fantasy owners can feel pretty good about Wheeler as their third starter in 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Taillon quietly developed into an ace late in 2018, posting a 2.63 ERA over his last 21 starts. That's not an entirely arbitrary endpoint, as he unleashed a slider-one of three pitches to net a double-digit swinging-strike rate-in June. The pitch could help him unlock a few more punchouts, but the 27-year-old has the look of a polished SP2 who can at least post a mid-threes ERA with a steady WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Written off after an ineffective 2017 (5.21 ERA) following two season lost to Tommy John surgery, Wheeler unlocked his ace potential late last season. He was nearly as good as Jacob deGrom after the All-Star break, boasting a 1.68 ERA and 20.4 K-BB% in 11 starts. He went at least seven innings in nine of them and averaged 6.3 innings per start on the season. Fueled by a stellar heater, no qualified starter acquiesced a lower hard-hit rate (26.6%), and just two (deGrom and Max Scherzer) generated more soft contact. Another 180 innings, which is far from a given, is all Wheeler needs to give the Mets and fantasy investors another ace.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros