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Who Should I Draft?

Juan Soto or Gerrit Cole (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Juan Soto
LF,RF - WSH
Juan Soto
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
53 of 55 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 8
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 10# 24
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 7
Best Rank# 3# 5
Worst Rank# 6# 8
   
Projections 
   
Runs111
Home Runs3830
RBI112
Stolen Bases13
Batting Avg.305
Strikeouts119262
Wins16
Saves0
ERA3.18
WHIP1.03
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 8
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 6# 12
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 3# 17
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 12
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 1# 12
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 4# 8
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 6# 12
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 11
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 2# 5
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 4# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 9
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 2# 14
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 4# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 8
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 9
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 6
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 11
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 12
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 2# 6
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 7
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 2# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 17
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 11
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 8
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 4
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 12
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 9
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 13
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 3# 8
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 6# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 24
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 3# 7
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 8
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 4# 7
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 3# 12
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 2# 9
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 1# 8
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 2# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 4
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 10# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Juan Soto
LF,RF - WSH
Juan Soto
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs39
   
Home Runs1314
   
RBI37
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.351
   
Strikeouts2894
   
Wins7
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.84
   
WHIP0.96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Juan Soto
LF,RF - WSH
Juan Soto
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs111
   
Home Runs3830
   
RBI112
   
Stolen Bases13
   
Batting Avg.305
   
Strikeouts119262
   
Wins16
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.18
   
WHIP1.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Juan Soto
LF,RF - WSH
Juan Soto
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
News 
 In Sunday's 3-0 win, Juan Soto went hitless in three at-bats with one walk. Soto's five-game hit streak also ended on Sunday.
Corbin Young
Sun, May 16th
Gerrit Cole did not allow a run giving up four hits and struck out 12 batters over eight dominant innings as the Yankees beat the Rays 1-0 on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, May 13th
 Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one walk on Saturday. Soto extended his five-game hit streak.
Corbin Young
Sun, May 16th
Gerrit Cole allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four across seven innings Thursday against the Astros. He did not factor into the decision.
John Aubin
Fri, May 7th
 In Friday's 17-2 blowout win against the Diamondbacks, Juan Soto went 1-for-5 with one run scored, one RBI, and one walk. Soto has a hit in four straight games.
Corbin Young
Sat, May 15th
Gerrit Cole allowed four hits and no walks while striking out 12 in six scoreless innings to earn the win against the Tigers on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, May 1st
 In Thursday's 5-1 win against the Phillies, Juan Soto scored two runs and went 1-for-4. Soto has a hit in three straight games.
Corbin Young
Thu, May 13th
Gerrit Cole picked up the win in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Cleveland, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out 11 without walking a batter.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 25th
 Nationals star Juan Soto went 1-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout. He has a hit in back-to-back games since returning from the injured list.
Corbin Young
Wed, May 12th
Gerrit Cole gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings on Sunday in a loss to the Rays.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 18th
Notes 
 There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe what Soto has done in his career given his young age. Had he merely repeated his incredible 2019 numbers last season, fantasy managers would have been ecstatic. Instead, he upped his walk rate from an elite 16.4% to a truly remarkable 20.9%, cut his strikeout rate down to just 14.3%, and batted .351. Soto does not have the speed or baserunning chops to steal 30 bases in a season, which is the only thing keeping him from being considered worthy of drafting first overall. But given what he's accomplished through his age-21 season, it's truly scary to think of how high his ceiling may be. Draft him as a top-five pick and enjoy the ridiculous production.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Cole was pretty much as advertised in his first season with the Yankees. His ERA rose a tad, as did his home run rate as expected, and his strikeout rate fell a bit, though it remained at an absurdly high level. And, for the most part, all of his expected metrics fell off a tad from his 2019 season. But Cole's numbers from that season were so dominating that he could withstand plenty of regression and still be one of the best pitchers in fantasy. As such, he'll head into 2021 close to the way he came into the 2020 season: a dominant, high-strikeout, low-walk starter who will throw plenty of innings and who is more likely to finish as the top overall fantasy pitcher than he is to finish outside the top-10. It's a matter of personal preference between Cole and Jacob deGrom as the first pitcher off the board, but neither should fall outside the top-10 overall picks on draft day.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 There isn't a single negative thing to say about the second coming of Ted Williams. Soto get even better last year, his age-21 season, and wound up leading baseball in OBP. The fact that he was limited to 47 games wound up costing him NL MVP honors, as Soto was the best hitter in baseball on a per-game basis in 2020. The floor here is so high. Soto isn't a zero in stolen bases either. He swiped 12 in 2019 and six last summer.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros