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Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Shane Bieber (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
31 of 55 experts
44%
Recommended by
24 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 29
Best Rank# 9# 18
Worst Rank# 67# 60
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 25
Best Rank# 27# 21
Worst Rank# 66# 30
   
Projections 
   
Runs35
Home Runs1210
RBI36
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.279
Strikeouts6280
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.65
WHIP1.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 27# 31
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 31
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 18# 46
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 29# 35
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 29# 42
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 22# 27
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 33
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 32# 53
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 30# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 22
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 20# 60
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 19# 33
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 24# 26
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 27
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 28# 29
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 22# 45
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 29# 30
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 23# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 18# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 26
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 21# 36
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 30
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 39# 52
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 16# 50
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 23# 27
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 21# 34
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 25# 21
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 25# 22
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 25# 24
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 26# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 26
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 18
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 28# 23
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 29# 19
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 31# 25
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 32# 27
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 33# 29
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 33# 23
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 33# 25
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 22
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 34# 27
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 34# 27
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 30
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 35# 25
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 36# 31
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 37# 21
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 49# 25
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 50# 24
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 67# 51
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs89
   
Home Runs2931
   
RBI85
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Batting Avg.281
   
Strikeouts156259
   
Wins15
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.28
   
WHIP1.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs35
   
Home Runs1210
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.279
   
Strikeouts6280
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.65
   
WHIP1.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
News 
 Javier Baez went 1-for-4 in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Marlins on Wednesday, hitting a single. He also struck out twice a left two men on base in the 5-1 defeat.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Oct 1st
Shan Bieber had his worst start of the season in the Indian's playoff opener against the Yankees, giving up seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 30th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-5 on Friday against the White Sox, hitting a solo homer and a double. The Cubs won 10-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 26th
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed one unearned run over five innings in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked three in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
 Javier Baez hit seventh on Wednesday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and stranded four men on base. The Cubs lost, 2-1.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Sep 24th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings in a 10-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked two in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
 Javier Baez hit sixth in the order on Monday and went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single and a strikeout. The Cubs won, 5-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Sep 21st
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs over seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Twins on Friday. Bieber struck out eight and walked two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 12th
 Javier Baez went 0-for-3 on Friday against the Twins with two strikeouts. The Cubs won, 1-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 19th
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber threw five innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 6th
Notes 
 I love the skill set while I hate that the Cubs attempted only 69 stolen base attempts in 2019 - 2nd least in all of baseball. Baez would be a top 10 pick if not for the Cubs refusal to run. That reality drops Baez down. 2019 wasn't a down year, it was a reflection of the Cubs approach to scoring runs by refusing to run.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Bieber may not be the most polarizing player in drafts this year, but it's hard to argue that he isn't the most polarizing pitcher. For every positive (peripherals were in line with his surface stats), that are concerns (he gets hit HARD). If you're a Bieber truther (Belieber, I guess), it's good value for him here as the ace of your staff. But if you have any pause about him at all, you should fade him and go with a safer option.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 You're drafting Baez for one thing right now, and that's power. The speed? Major drop-off from 2018 to 2019. The walks? Ha, that's cute. The success that Baez has had the past two years has resulted in everything going exactly right for him, but with the skill set that he has, the margin for error is razor-thin. There are many players that offer the same skills that Baez had who can be had for a much better draft cost - especially considering the position that he plays.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Bieber was simply fantastic in 2019 and gave you everything you want from a stud pitcher. He was second in the league innings, had a 3.28 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and was top-10 in strikeout and walk rates. He gave up his fair share of home runs but, overall, there are next to no complaint about Bieber. Draft him with confidence as a low-end ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Not sure he's as special of a fantasy asset as he was in 2018, particularly at a deep position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Figured out how to pitch to lefties last year. If that holds he'll once again be elite due to his exceptional command
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros