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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 - MIA
Jesus Luzardo
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
29 of 51 experts
43%
Recommended by
22 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 33# 35
Best Rank# 20# 21
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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 42# 21
   
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 - MIA
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 - MIA
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 - MIA
Jesus Luzardo
Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
News 
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed five runs over six innings in an 8-0 loss to the Yankees on Friday. Plesac struck out six and allowed two homers in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 17th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Brewers on Saturday. Plesac struck out three and walked two in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 11th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zac Plesac allowed three runs over five innings in an 11-5 win over Boston on Sunday. He struck out five and walked three in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 5th
 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
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac tossed a gem in a 7-2 win over the Royals on Tuesday. Plesac threw seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 1st
 Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo allowed four earned runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four over three innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Aug 19th
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. Plesac struck out four and walked three.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
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