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Who Should I Draft?

Jesus Luzardo or Lance McCullers Jr. (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - MIA
Jesus Luzardo
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
32 of 51 experts
37%
Recommended by
19 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 33# 37
Best Rank# 20# 22
Worst Rank# 66# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 101# 124
Best Rank# 85# 109
Worst Rank# 112# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts144152
Wins910
Saves00
ERA3.733.72
WHIP1.211.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 46
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 40
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 30# 44
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 39# 45
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 51
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 49
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 36# 41
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 28# 32
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 34# 35
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 38# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 20# 51
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 38# 41
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 35# 41
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 34# 37
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 29# 37
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 48
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 26# 48
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 52
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 42# 44
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 49
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 33# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 43
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 31# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 35# 40
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 29# 67
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 47
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 45# 49
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 23# 44
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 33# 40
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 29# 32
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 28# 37
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 24# 22
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 27# 25
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 29# 28
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 35# 30
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 23
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 37# 34
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 38# 36
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 38# 32
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 40# 36
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 41# 40
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 43# 28
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 44# 39
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 46# 36
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 46# 43
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 39
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 50# 31
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 51# 32
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 57# 44
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 66# 44
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - MIA
Jesus Luzardo
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started911
   
Innings Pitched59.255.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses23
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5744
   
Earned Runs2524
   
Home Runs Allowed95
   
Strikeouts5956
   
Walks1720
   
ERA3.813.93
   
WHIP1.251.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - MIA
Jesus Luzardo
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2726
   
Games Started2626
   
Innings Pitched141.6144.2
   
Wins910
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed130126
   
Earned Runs5960
   
Home Runs Allowed1916
   
Strikeouts144152
   
Walks4148
   
ERA3.733.72
   
WHIP1.211.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - MIA
Jesus Luzardo
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
News 
 Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two over four innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Monday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Sep 21st
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs over six innings of work against the Angels on Thursday. His final line included two hits, four walks, five strikeouts, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Los Angeles by a score of 3-2.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
 Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out just one over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Sep 15th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. His final line included seven hits, two walks, eight strikeouts, and the no-decision. Houston ultimately fell to Arizona by a score of 6-4 in 10 innings.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 19th
 Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo allowed two earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Thursday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Fri, Sep 10th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed one run (a solo homer) over six innings of work against the Angels on Sunday. His final line included three hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and the win. Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
 Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, Sep 4th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed two runs over six innings of work against the Mariners on Sunday evening. His final line included four hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. Houston ultimately defeated Seattle by a score of 11-2.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, Sep 7th
 Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Aug 25th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. threw five scoreless innings en route to earning the no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday. His final line included four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 4-0.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 1st
Notes 
 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
McCullers made a successful return from Tommy John surgery after missing the 2019 season and looked almost exactly like the 2018 version of himself. His ERA (3.93) and WHIP (1.16) were within seven-tenths of a point of his 2018 numbers, and his walk and strikeout rates fell just slightly. McCullers relied a bit more on his sinker and less on his curveball than in past years, but the two work well together and he continued to throw them in combination about 80% of the time. In short, what you thought of McCullers heading into 2018 is pretty much what you should think of him now. Unfortunately, that includes concerns about his innings, because after a missed year and 55 innings last year, the chances of him topping 150 innings this season are remote. Buy him at his production, but understand that there's likely a hard cap on his innings total.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros