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Who Should I Draft?

Jesus Luzardo or Zach Plesac (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
29 of 50 experts
42%
Recommended by
21 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 33# 35
Best Rank# 20# 22
Worst Rank# 66# 63
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 101# 73
Best Rank# 85# 60
Worst Rank# 112# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts144149
Wins910
Saves00
ERA3.734.19
WHIP1.211.20
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 38# 42
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 51# 57
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 44
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 46# 49
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 46# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 30
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 43# 56
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 41# 45
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 34# 38
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 24# 60
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 20# 23
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 35# 40
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 27# 35
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 29# 49
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 45
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 26# 36
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 33# 35
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 48
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 40# 47
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 29# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 39
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 31# 34
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 29# 38
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 38# 41
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 31
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 23# 42
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 33# 35
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 29# 43
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 28# 48
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 28# 24
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 24
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 30# 27
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 30
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 30
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 34# 32
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 35# 22
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 35# 33
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 36# 35
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 37# 26
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 38# 33
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 38# 28
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 28
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 39# 36
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 44# 38
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 45# 35
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 50# 40
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 57# 35
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 66# 46
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played128
   
Games Started98
   
Innings Pitched59.255.1
   
Wins34
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5738
   
Earned Runs2514
   
Home Runs Allowed98
   
Strikeouts5957
   
Walks176
   
ERA3.812.28
   
WHIP1.250.80
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2728
   
Games Started2628
   
Innings Pitched141.6160.5
   
Wins910
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed130151
   
Earned Runs5975
   
Home Runs Allowed1926
   
Strikeouts144149
   
Walks4141
   
ERA3.734.19
   
WHIP1.211.20
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
News 
 Jesus Luzardo earned the win in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins, allowing two hits over 5.1 shutout innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Apr 21st
Cleveland Indians right-hander Zach Plesac struggled in an 8-5 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. Plesac allowed six runs across five innings while striking out four.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Apr 20th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac struggled in an 8-0 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday. Plesac was charged with six runs and lasted just 2/3 of an inning.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Apr 15th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac turned in an excellent start in a 4-1 win over the Tigers on Friday. Plesac tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out six in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 10th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac took a hard-luck loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Plesac allowed two runs over six innings while striking out four, but Cleveland fell 5-2.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 3rd
 Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo will start for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
AJ Schullo
Tue, Mar 9th
 
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
Plesac is getting a ton of love for his eight excellent starts in 2020, but there's plenty of reason to be cautious. His FIP, xFIP, xERA, and SIERA were all more than a run higher than his ERA, and both his strikeout rate and walk rate significantly outproduced what he showed he could do in the minors. Yes, Plesac altered his pitch mix, throwing fewer fastballs and instead more sliders and changeups, so if you're looking for a reason to buy the gains, you have one. But he had a ridiculous 91.7% LOB rate, and even with his ability to limit hard contact, his BABIP against should rise from the .224 mark last year. Plesac can help a fantasy staff, but manage expectations significantly.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Plesac is one of the most polarizing starting pitchers among fantasy analysts this offseason. A questionable off-the-field decision maker, Plesac dominated when on the mound in 2020. In an era where it's rarer and rarer to pitch deep into games, Plesac completed six full innings in all eight of his starts last year. He completed seven innings in 5-of-8 starts. So, how did he get so good all of a sudden? Plesac cut his fastball usage in order to throw an increased number of sliders and changeups. In short, the change in pitch mix worked. It was a short-but-terrific body of work. I'm a believer moving forward, and it's going to cost an early-to-middle round pick to get him.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros