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Who Should I Draft?

Lucas Giolito or Walker Buehler (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
27 of 51 experts
47%
Recommended by
24 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 7
Best Rank# 4# 4
Worst Rank# 23# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 19# 21
Best Rank# 17# 19
Worst Rank# 24# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts220197
Wins1312
Saves00
ERA3.713.30
WHIP1.131.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 7
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 5# 11
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 13
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 7
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 5# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 11
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 6# 11
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 5# 7
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 6# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 6# 11
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 4# 12
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 6# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 4# 9
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 7# 9
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 6# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 6# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 4
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 6# 5
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 5
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 7# 6
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 7# 4
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 8# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 6
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 4
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 9# 5
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 9# 6
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 9# 5
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 9# 8
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 10# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 4
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 11# 7
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 12# 5
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 12# 5
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 13# 9
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 13# 5
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 14# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 16# 15
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 5
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played128
   
Games Started128
   
Innings Pitched72.037.1
   
Wins41
   
Losses30
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4724
   
Earned Runs2814
   
Home Runs Allowed87
   
Strikeouts9742
   
Walks2811
   
ERA3.483.44
   
WHIP1.040.95
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3029
   
Games Started3030
   
Innings Pitched180.2168.9
   
Wins1312
   
Losses96
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed143137
   
Earned Runs7462
   
Home Runs Allowed2621
   
Strikeouts220197
   
Walks6144
   
ERA3.713.30
   
WHIP1.131.07
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
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
RHP Walker Buehler took the loss on Friday when he allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts over six innings in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Sep 18th
 Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (hamstring) has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the White Sox.
Chris Schommer
Tue, Sep 14th
Walker Buehler allowed just two runs during his seven innings, surrendering six hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
 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
RHP Walker Buehler took the loss on Sunday when he allowed six runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout over three innings as the Dodgers lost to the Giants 6-4.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Sep 5th
 Lucas Giolito threw at full effort with no reported issues on Tuesday.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Sep 8th
RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Tuesday when he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings as the Dodgers beat the Braves 3-2.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 1st
 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
RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Wednesday when he surrendered just one unearned run on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings as the Dodgers beat the Padres 5-3 in extra innings.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Aug 26th
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
Because the Dodgers wanted to closely watch Buehler's routine and workload, he got a late start to the shortened season, essentially using his first few starts as the end of his spring training. He also dealt with blisters late in the year. All that to say, Buehler's 36 2/3 regular-season innings are, for the most part, largely meaningless. He gave up a few more home runs and walked a few more batters than usual, and he won just a single game. But none of it matters. Value Buehler as you did after his 2019 season - as one of the true stud pitchers in the game. Once the big three of Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, and Shane Bieber are off the board, Buehler should come under immediate consideration, as the type of starting pitcher who can be your fantasy ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  There's little doubt that Buehler is one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball, but we do have questions about his volume entering 2021. Did you know that during the regular season, Buehler had just one appearance where he completed six full innings? This wasn't just a Dodgers thing, either. Julio Urias had five such appearances while Tony Gonsolin had four and Dustin May had three. Of course, the team was saving Buehler for the playoffs more so than their other youngsters, and it worked out. The Dodgers have always handled Buehler with kid gloves, and while he'll be one of the best starters on a per-inning basis in 2021, I'm worried enough about the volume that I'm ranking him closer to the back half of my top-10 starters.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros