Who Should I Draft?

Josh James or Pedro Strop (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Pedro Strop
RP - CHC
Pedro Strop
Josh James
SP - HOU
Josh James
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
36 of 56 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 84# 105
Best Rank# 43# 63
Worst Rank# 148# 161
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 226# 222
Best Rank# 193# 172
Worst Rank# 301# 333
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts62110
Wins46
Saves140
ERA3.223.72
WHIP1.191.27
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 88# 90
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 91
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 102
   
Staff Rankings
ScoutFantasySports
# 110
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 67# 91
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 102# 108
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 96# 111
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 127# 161
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 108# 144
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 77
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 105
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 109# 136
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 99
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 100# 124
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 94# 120
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 88# 116
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 73
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 102# 115
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 98# 102
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 89# 128
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 67# 142
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 58# 84
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 118# 139
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 84# 87
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 94
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 59
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 99
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 116# 133
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 84# 141
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 75# 108
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 60# 92
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 68# 94
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 43
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 92# 106
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 67# 115
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 94# 116
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 89# 63
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 135# 68
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 90# 70
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 102# 71
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 108# 72
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 93# 74
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 100# 77
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 82
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 107# 83
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 83
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 87# 84
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 112# 85
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 145# 87
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 94# 88
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 113# 90
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 92
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 100# 95
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 111# 97
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 148# 116
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 128# 119
   
  Pedro Strop
RP - CHC
Pedro Strop
Josh James
SP - HOU
Josh James
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played606
   
Games Started03
   
Innings Pitched59.723.0
   
Wins62
   
Losses10
   
Saves130
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds92
   
Hits Allowed3815
   
Earned Runs156
   
Home Runs Allowed43
   
Strikeouts5729
   
Walks217
   
ERA2.262.35
   
WHIP0.990.96
   
  Pedro Strop
RP - CHC
Pedro Strop
Josh James
SP - HOU
Josh James
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6329
   
Games Started014
   
Innings Pitched59.694.6
   
Wins46
   
Losses34
   
Saves140
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds151
   
Hits Allowed4881
   
Earned Runs2139
   
Home Runs Allowed611
   
Strikeouts62110
   
Walks2339
   
ERA3.223.72
   
WHIP1.191.27
   
  Pedro Strop
RP - CHC
Pedro Strop
Josh James
SP - HOU
Josh James
News 
 Pedro Strop blew his first save on Sunday after allowing a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth inning. His team retook the lead in the bottom of the ninth and he was credited with the win.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Apr 21st
Josh James allowed no runs on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout through one inning against Tampa Bay on Friday.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Mar 30th
 Pedro Strop pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the year in the Cubs' 2-0 win over the Pirates on Thursday. He struck out one.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Apr 11th
Josh James (quad) will make his spring training debut this Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 14th
 Pedro Strop fell to 0-1 after allowing the game-winning run to score on a wild pitch Sunday in the Cubs' 11-10 loss to the Rangers.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Apr 1st
Josh James threw his first bullpen on Thursday since straining his quad on February 24th.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 7th
 Pedro Strop (hamstring) threw a second bullpen session on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Mar 19th
Josh James is dealing with a strained right quad and won't throw off the mound for a while.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Feb 27th
 Pedro Strop (hamstring) threw a bullpen on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Mar 16th
 
Notes 
 Brandon Morrow is technically the Cubs' closer, but it seems as though he will miss at least a month to open the season. That makes Strop the likely replacement and for one of the best teams in baseball. Don't be surprised if Morrow misses longer or even losses the job to Strop while he is on the IL.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Josh James went from one of the best sleepers in fantasy baseball this year to a draft and stash when news surfaced that he has a strained quad and is now out of the rotation battle. Chances are that he will start in the minor leagues and be called up the moment a spot in the rotation becomes available. From the moment it happens, he should be a top 30 starter.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Strop is currently penciled in to serve as the Cubs' closer, at least until Brandon Morrow returns from an elbow injury. With a 2.61 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 10.1 K/9 over the last five seasons, Strop has proven to be a fantasy asset in many formats even when he isn't closing games. He could well be a top-10 closer for however long he's allowed to handle the job. That uncertainty puts a bit of a damper on Strop's draft stock, but he is still a solid selection in the middle rounds of drafts.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros