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
79%
Recommended by
44 of 56 experts
21%
Recommended by
12 of 56 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-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 28
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 20# 27
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 19# 31
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 13# 38
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 13# 17
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 16# 29
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 37# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 24# 25
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 20# 47
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 18# 26
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 29# 92
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 26# 38
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 24# 46
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 28# 51
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 18# 33
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 25# 49
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 29
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 16# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 17# 26
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 26
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 16# 21
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 17# 24
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 58
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 20# 32
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 12# 18
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 13# 16
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 24# 25
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 31# 46
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 13# 18
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 20# 21
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 21# 43
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 51
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 38# 39
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 28
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 21# 28
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 20# 35
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 18# 28
   
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
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 19
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 19
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 21
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 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 
 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 four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings in Monday’s loss to the Atlanta Braves. The loss drops him to 5-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Jun 18th
 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 nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out six over 4.2 innings in a loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday. The loss drops him to 5-4 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 12th
 Jameson Taillon allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 6.1 innings in the Pirates' 7-5 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He walked two and struck out five while improving to 2-3.
Elliott Baas
Wed, May 1st
Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed three earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six over seven innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 7th
 Jameson Taillon allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in the Pirates' 5-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He walked none and struck out five while falling to 1-3.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Apr 25th
Wheeler allowed three runs on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk across six seven innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Thursday.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
 Jameson Taillon improved to 1-2 after allowed one run on four hits over five innings in the Pirates' 4-1 rain-shortened win over the Giants on Saturday. He walked one and struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Apr 21st
Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed four earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out nine over seven innings in Friday’s win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The win brings him to 5-3 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 1st
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