Skip to main content

Who Should I Draft?

Lance McCullers Jr. or Ryan Pressly (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
30 of 51 experts
41%
Recommended by
21 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 39
Best Rank# 22# 21
Worst Rank# 67# 77
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 124# 105
Best Rank# 109# 103
Worst Rank# 132# 131
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts15275
Wins103
Saves029
ERA3.723.28
WHIP1.211.15
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 48
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 45
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 40
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 32# 44
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 42
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 36# 50
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 41# 45
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 28# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 32# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 35# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 43# 47
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 22# 42
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 37# 41
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 25# 59
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 37# 44
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 48# 77
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 44# 46
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 68
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 38# 39
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 39# 47
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 36# 37
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 28# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 43# 45
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 32# 38
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 40# 46
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 32# 45
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 40# 41
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 32# 50
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 37# 58
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 30# 41
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 34# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 36
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 40# 21
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 41# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 41# 37
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 43# 42
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 44# 38
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 44# 37
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 44# 24
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 44# 37
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 33
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 47# 35
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 48# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 49# 36
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 49# 47
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 48
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 51# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 52# 25
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 67# 37
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1123
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched55.121.0
   
Wins31
   
Losses33
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4422
   
Earned Runs249
   
Home Runs Allowed52
   
Strikeouts5629
   
Walks207
   
ERA3.933.86
   
WHIP1.161.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2662
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched144.260.7
   
Wins103
   
Losses73
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves014
   
Holds05
   
Hits Allowed12653
   
Earned Runs6022
   
Home Runs Allowed167
   
Strikeouts15275
   
Walks4817
   
ERA3.723.28
   
WHIP1.211.15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
News 
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs over six innings of work against the Angels on Thursday. His final line included two hits, four walks, five strikeouts, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Los Angeles by a score of 3-2.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly struck out all three batters he faced while pitching the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He required just 12 pitches and nine strikes en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated Arizona by a score of 7-6.
Andersen Pickard
Mon, Sep 20th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. His final line included seven hits, two walks, eight strikeouts, and the no-decision. Houston ultimately fell to Arizona by a score of 6-4 in 10 innings.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 19th
Astros closer struck out one batter while throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Sunday. He earned the save as Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed one run (a solo homer) over six innings of work against the Angels on Sunday. His final line included three hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and the win. Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly allowed three runs over 0.2 innings against the Mariners, breaking a critical late-game tie and eventually costing Houston the game. His final line included two hits, one walk, two strikeouts, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 8-5.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 8th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed two runs over six innings of work against the Mariners on Sunday evening. His final line included four hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. Houston ultimately defeated Seattle by a score of 11-2.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, Sep 7th
Astros star closer Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Padres on Friday. He issued one walk and zero hits en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated San Diego by a score of 6-3.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 4th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. threw five scoreless innings en route to earning the no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday. His final line included four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 4-0.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 1st
Astros closer Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Monday, amassing one walk and one strikeout along the way. He earned the save as Houston ultimately defeated Seattle by a score of 4-3.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, Aug 31st
Notes 
 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
Pressly had his usual solid season, but got the benefit of closing for the Astros after Roberto Osuna's injury. His numbers fell off a bit from the previous two years (his 1.33 WHIP was particularly out of character), but he will almost certainly rebound from the .365 BABIP he allowed. He's slated to again be the Astros' closer, and as such, should provide plenty of saves while giving fantasy managers positive value in ratios. That makes him one of the few reliable closers worth drafting at more than a late-round price.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros