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Who Should I Draft?

Lance McCullers Jr. or Ian Anderson (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
33 of 50 experts
34%
Recommended by
17 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 37
Best Rank# 22# 22
Worst Rank# 71# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 89# 124
Best Rank# 75# 109
Worst Rank# 127# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts153152
Wins1010
Saves00
ERA3.833.72
WHIP1.281.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 46
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 39
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 39# 40
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 41# 44
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 45
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 34# 36
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 45# 51
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 49
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 39# 41
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 41# 44
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 39# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 39# 51
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 41
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 22# 37
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 23# 25
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 37
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 32# 48
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 44# 48
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 40# 52
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 49
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 34# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 35# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 34# 43
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 23# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 38# 40
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 45# 67
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 29# 32
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 30# 47
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 49
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 36# 44
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 36# 40
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 33# 37
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 46# 22
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 23
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 58# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 71# 28
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 53# 30
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 45# 31
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 33# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 52# 32
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 40# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 42# 35
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 41# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 47# 36
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 42# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 55# 41
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 62# 43
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 54# 44
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played611
   
Games Started611
   
Innings Pitched32.255.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses23
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed2144
   
Earned Runs724
   
Home Runs Allowed15
   
Strikeouts4156
   
Walks1420
   
ERA1.953.93
   
WHIP1.081.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2526
   
Games Started2526
   
Innings Pitched137.2144.2
   
Wins1010
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed117126
   
Earned Runs5860
   
Home Runs Allowed1616
   
Strikeouts153152
   
Walks5848
   
ERA3.833.72
   
WHIP1.281.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
News 
 Ian Anderson pitched 6 2/3 innings against the Yankees Wednesday, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out four batters. He earned both his first win of the season and a quality start. He threw 97 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Steve Painter
Wed, Apr 21st
Lance McCullers Jr. (illness) has been ruled out with an undisclosed non-COVID illness. Luis Garcia will start in his place.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Apr 19th
 Ian Anderson pitched five innings against the Marlins Thursday, allowing six hits, three runs (all earned), and four walks while recording six strikeouts. It was a no-decision for him. He threw 98 pitches, 57 for strikes. He carries a 4.70 ERA thus far.
Steve Painter
Thu, Apr 15th
Astros manager Dusty Baker says RHP Lance McCullers is uncertain for his next start in Colorado.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 17th
 Ian Anderson pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Phillies Saturday, allowing five hits, four runs (all earned), and one walk while striking out six batters. He did not factor into the decision. He threw 89 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Steve Painter
Sat, Apr 10th
Astros starter Lance McCullers had a shaky outing on Wednesday, allowing six runs over the course of 3.2 innings. He also surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 15th
 Ian Anderson pitched five innings against the Phillies Sunday, allowing four hits, one run (earned), and two walks while fanning seven batters. He threw 88 pitches, 55 for strikes. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday against the same team and same pitcher (Zach Eflin).
Steve Painter
Sun, Apr 4th
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. proved to be quite effective on Friday night, allowing just one run on two hits over five innings. He also walked three and struck out six. It was all for naught, though, as the bullpen surrendered five runs and Houston lost to the Athletics, 6-2.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 10th
 Ian Anderson pitched 2 2/3 innings Monday against the Red Sox, allowing five hits, four runs (all earned), and one walk while fanning three batters.
Steve Painter
Mon, Mar 29th
In his first start of the season, Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. held the Athletics to just one run, two hits, and three walks over five innings of work. He also struck out seven batters while amassing a respectable 54-41 strikes-to-balls ratio.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 3rd
Notes 
 Playoffs included, Anderson's final 2020 stat line was 51 innings, 65 strikeouts, a 1.59 ERA, and a 1.10 WHIP. Backed up by a strong prospect pedigree, Anderson was extremely impressive in his first taste of the big leagues. He never got shelled in any start and gave up just one homer all season. His regular season CSW (called strike plus whiff rate) compated similarly to Blake Snell and Walker Buehler at 30.8%. The concerns with his '21 fantasy value are a 4.2 BB/9 and an innings limit. While valid, Anderson is talented enough to still warrant excitement as a top 25-30 SP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
McCullers made a successful return from Tommy John surgery after missing the 2019 season and looked almost exactly like the 2018 version of himself. His ERA (3.93) and WHIP (1.16) were within seven-tenths of a point of his 2018 numbers, and his walk and strikeout rates fell just slightly. McCullers relied a bit more on his sinker and less on his curveball than in past years, but the two work well together and he continued to throw them in combination about 80% of the time. In short, what you thought of McCullers heading into 2018 is pretty much what you should think of him now. Unfortunately, that includes concerns about his innings, because after a missed year and 55 innings last year, the chances of him topping 150 innings this season are remote. Buy him at his production, but understand that there's likely a hard cap on his innings total.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 After rising through the minor leagues, Anderson had an excellent debut season with the Braves in 2020, pitching to a 1.95 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with a 29.7% strikeout rate. He was even better in four postseason starts, allowing just two runs over 18 2/3 innings while striking out 24. Anderson led all starters in barrel rate (just 1.2%), and has an excellent fastball, curveball, and changeup. His control isn't elite, but his raw stuff and prospect pedigree suggest that his 2020 season was no fluke. Draft him with confidence as a No. 2 starter.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros