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Who Should I Draft?

Jesus Luzardo or Charlie Morton (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
Expert
Recommendation
52%
Recommended by
26 of 50 experts
48%
Recommended by
24 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 33
Best Rank# 15# 20
Worst Rank# 64# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 107# 101
Best Rank# 102# 85
Worst Rank# 122# 112
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts171144
Wins119
Saves00
ERA3.713.73
WHIP1.201.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 49
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 32# 50
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 39
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 38
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 15# 51
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 37
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 30# 46
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 24# 46
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 20# 43
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 26# 57
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 44
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 30# 38
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 35# 37
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 20# 26
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 29# 39
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 31# 33
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 26# 38
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 27# 40
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 29# 45
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 31# 33
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 31# 66
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 24# 28
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 34# 35
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 20
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 31# 23
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 53# 24
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 33# 24
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 26# 24
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 38# 24
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 34# 27
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 33# 28
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 40# 29
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 32# 29
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 32# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 40# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 63# 30
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 64# 30
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 41# 31
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 35# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 34# 33
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 47# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 37# 35
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 40# 36
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 40# 38
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 38
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played912
   
Games Started99
   
Innings Pitched38.259.2
   
Wins23
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4357
   
Earned Runs2025
   
Home Runs Allowed49
   
Strikeouts4259
   
Walks1017
   
ERA4.743.81
   
WHIP1.391.25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2927
   
Games Started2926
   
Innings Pitched154.7141.6
   
Wins119
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138130
   
Earned Runs6459
   
Home Runs Allowed1819
   
Strikeouts171144
   
Walks4741
   
ERA3.713.73
   
WHIP1.201.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
News 
 Charlie Morton pitched six innings against the Marlins Wednesday, allowing seven hits, five runs (all earned), and two walks while striking out nine. It was a no-decision for him. He threw 96 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Steve Painter
Wed, Apr 14th
Jesus Luzardo took the no-decision Tuesday against Arizona, allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits over 2.2 innings with one strikeout and two walks.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Apr 14th
 Charlie Morton pitched six innings against the Phillies Friday, allowing four hits, one run (earned), and one walk while recording seven strikeouts. He earned the win as well as a quality start, threw 83 pitches, 58 of those strikes.
Steve Painter
Fri, Apr 9th
Jesus Luzardo took the no-decision Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits over 5.1 innings pitched with six strikeouts and four walks.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Apr 8th
 Charlie Morton pitched five innings against the Phillies Saturday, allowing six hits, three runs (all earned), and two walks while recording five strikeouts. He threw 76 pitches, 50 for strikes, and collected his first loss of the season. He'll face the same team and pitcher (Zack Wheeler) Friday in Atlanta.
Steve Painter
Sat, Apr 3rd
Jesus Luzardo took the loss Friday, allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits over 5.0 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Apr 3rd
 Charlie Morton pitched three innings Sunday against the Rays, allowing two hits and two walks while fanning two batters.
Steve Painter
Sun, Mar 28th
Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo will start for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
AJ Schullo
Tue, Mar 9th
 Charlie Morton toed the rubber for 4 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Orioles, allowing four hits, one run (unearned), and one walk while fanning four batters.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 17th
Jesus Luzardo's velocity impresses A's manager Bob Melvin.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Feb 23rd
Notes 
 Morton's 2020 numbers were poor, without question. He was limited to just 38 regular season innings because of a shoulder injury, and pitched to a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. His velocity was way down early in the season (when he got hit hard) and trickled up after he returned, but he got back to his normal 95 MPH fastball in the postseason and totaled a 2.70 ERA. Now 37 and with the Braves, the question is whether fantasy managers can write off Morton's down 2020 season considering his sterling post-season, or whether his age and injury history means they should avoid him. In reality, the answer is neither. Morton should still have gas left in the tank considering his playoff run, but should only be drafted as a value, meaning no earlier than a low-end SP3. Grab him there, at which point the risk-reward balance should reach an equilibrium.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Luzardo's 2020 campaign wasn't terrible, but it certainly left fantasy managers wanting more. The strikeouts were there, but not quite at the level that was expected. He rarely went deep into games. And he was just more hittable than he ever was in the minors or in his brief time as a reliever in 2019. Luzardo throws four quality pitches and is working to improve his arsenal as we head into the 2021 season, so there's little reason to downgrade your opinion of him too much from where it was prior to the 2020 campaign because of one nine-start stretch. He's an incredibly high-upside pitcher who carries with him plenty of injury risk, and the combination leaves him as a solid SP3 for fantasy leagues.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros