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Who Should I Draft?

Lucas Giolito or Jack Flaherty (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
42 of 51 experts
18%
Recommended by
9 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 10
Best Rank# 4# 7
Worst Rank# 23# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 19# 32
Best Rank# 17# 27
Worst Rank# 24# 34
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts220205
Wins1312
Saves00
ERA3.713.48
WHIP1.131.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 12
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 13
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 8
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 9# 10
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 5# 13
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 12
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 6# 11
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 10# 12
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 9# 18
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 9# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 11
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 6# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 11
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 5# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 16
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 6# 13
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 10
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 6# 10
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 8# 10
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 5# 8
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 9# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 6# 11
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 11
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 11
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 12
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 13
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 6# 8
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 4# 11
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 13# 14
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 6# 11
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 4# 11
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 7# 10
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 7# 11
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 6# 8
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 9
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 11# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 12# 11
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 12# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 13# 8
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 14# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 16# 8
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played129
   
Games Started129
   
Innings Pitched72.040.1
   
Wins44
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4733
   
Earned Runs2822
   
Home Runs Allowed86
   
Strikeouts9749
   
Walks2816
   
ERA3.484.91
   
WHIP1.041.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3031
   
Games Started3031
   
Innings Pitched180.2173.0
   
Wins1312
   
Losses98
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed143138
   
Earned Runs7467
   
Home Runs Allowed2623
   
Strikeouts220205
   
Walks6154
   
ERA3.713.48
   
WHIP1.131.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Lucas Giolito struck out eight but was limited to four innings in his return from a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 15th
Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty (shoulder) is set to begin throwing sometime over the next couple of days, according to Cardinals' manager Mike Schildt.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Sep 5th
 Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (hamstring) has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the White Sox.
Chris Schommer
Tue, Sep 14th
The Cardinals placed RHP Jack Flaherty on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 25th
 White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, who is currently on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, should return to make a start next Tuesday.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Sep 9th
Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty was removed from Tuesday evening's game with right shoulder tightness.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Aug 24th
 Lucas Giolito threw at full effort with no reported issues on Tuesday.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Sep 8th
Making just his second start since returning from the injured list, Jack Flaherty was sharp in a no-decision against Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Cardinals ace allowed just four hits, two runs, and a walk while striking out eight batters in six innings.
Lucas Spence
Thu, Aug 19th
 Lucas Giolito was placed on the 10-day IL due to a left hamstring strain. He had left his start on Tuesday early against the Orioles.
Kamran Hoda
Fri, Sep 3rd
After missing nearly 2 1/2 months of action, Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty returned to the mound and did not miss a beat on Friday, pitching six shutout innings while allowing just a pair of hits and striking out five in a win over the Royals.
Lucas Spence
Fri, Aug 13th
Notes 
 Giolito followed up his breakout 2019 season with a nearly identical 2020 season. His ERA was within .07, his WHIP within .02, and his strikeout percentage within a point and a half. Despite pitching in a homer-friendly park, Giolito has managed to limit home runs, which is a key to his continued success with the White Sox. He won't face quite an easy schedule this year (AL and NL Central pitchers had plenty of sub-par offenses to feast on in 2019), but entering his age-27 season, he should only continue to improve from a skills standpoint. Draft him as an SP1, albeit a low-end one.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros