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Who Should I Draft?

Josh James or Griffin Canning (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Josh James
SP,RP - HOU
Josh James
Griffin Canning
SP - LAA
Griffin Canning
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
29 of 48 experts
40%
Recommended by
19 of 48 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 108# 104
Best Rank# 66# 67
Worst Rank# 160# 377
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 232# 316
Best Rank# 199# 213
Worst Rank# 319# 344
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts5241
Wins33
Saves00
ERA3.994.31
WHIP1.301.28
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 118
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 112# 138
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 109
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 119# 193
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 116# 169
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 106
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 87# 103
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 102# 116
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 84# 108
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 143# 215
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 70# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 99# 377
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 107# 129
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 81# 90
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 81# 100
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 68# 114
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 113# 154
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 66# 98
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 82# 91
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 99
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 73# 97
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 85# 138
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 82# 99
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 66# 122
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 79# 91
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 96# 113
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 80# 132
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 86# 98
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 91# 83
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 94# 89
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 96# 75
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 98# 73
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 103# 86
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 111# 91
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 116# 67
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 126# 79
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 127# 79
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 132# 88
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 160# 85
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 74
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 80
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 82
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 88
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 90
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 94
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 125
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 143
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Josh James
SP,RP - HOU
Josh James
Griffin Canning
SP - LAA
Griffin Canning
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played4918
   
Games Started117
   
Innings Pitched61.190.0
   
Wins55
   
Losses16
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds60
   
Hits Allowed4680
   
Earned Runs3246
   
Home Runs Allowed1014
   
Strikeouts10096
   
Walks3530
   
ERA4.704.58
   
WHIP1.321.22
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Josh James
SP,RP - HOU
Josh James
Griffin Canning
SP - LAA
Griffin Canning
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played128
   
Games Started78
   
Innings Pitched41.740.6
   
Wins33
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed3538
   
Earned Runs1819
   
Home Runs Allowed77
   
Strikeouts5241
   
Walks1914
   
ERA3.994.31
   
WHIP1.301.28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Josh James
SP,RP - HOU
Josh James
Griffin Canning
SP - LAA
Griffin Canning
News 
 Josh James struggled with his control on Monday against Seattle, giving up three runs over three innings while walking five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 28th
Griffin Canning will pitch Monday in San Diego against the Padres. He was originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Jul 19th
 Josh James was scratched from Tuesday's start due to concerns over the weather.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 21st
Griffin Canning (elbow) faced live hitters on Friday at Angel Stadium.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 3rd
 Josh James will start the fourth game of the Astros' season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Jul 19th
Angels’ manager Joe Maddon said he is “very hopeful” Griffin Canning will be ready to pitch by Opening Day.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jun 24th
 Josh James arrived to Astros summer camp on Monday following the birth of his daughter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 14th
Griffin Canning (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions of up to 55 pitches.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 31st
 Josh James is expected to join Astros summer camp soon.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 6th
Griffin Canning is throwing off the mound, "ramping up intensity and volume," per Angels' GM Billy Eppler.
Brad Camara
Thu, May 14th
Notes 
 James was supposed to get the chance in 2019 before he got hurt in Spring Training. Then with Just Verlander hurt, he was locked into a starting role. Let's hope he still gets a shot at the rotation.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Joe Maddon said that Canning was good to go, and we definitely hope so. He showed promise in his rookie year, but you have to downgrade him with the Angels expected to watch his workload and utilizing a six-man rotation.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 James still has legitimate ace upside if he can harness his arsenal and find his way into Houston's rotation. There is a chance this fireballer breaks camp in the rotation and if he does, we may just be looking at 200+ strikeouts in 2020. After all, his on-paper ratios may not seem great from 2019, but his xWOBa was above the likes of Mike Clevinger, Stephen Strasburg, Blake Snell and Walker Buehler. I don't need to tell you that this means he has ace stuff. But folks, he just might be the best pitcher in the Astros rotation this year if they give him the ball in the first inning.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Canning has UCL damage, and although Tommy John surgery isn't currently on the table, it certainly seems like a possibility. Despite his upside, with the developments, Canning shouldn't be drafted in fantasy leagues until one of the very last picks, if at all.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros