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Who Should I Draft?

Lucas Giolito or Zack Greinke (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
29 of 52 experts
44%
Recommended by
23 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 16# 18
Best Rank# 8# 9
Worst Rank# 41# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 52# 50
Best Rank# 44# 42
Worst Rank# 64# 65
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7967
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.953.90
WHIP1.211.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 15
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 8# 20
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 12# 18
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 17# 20
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 15# 19
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 14# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 16# 18
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 19# 24
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 17
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 11# 17
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 12# 24
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 17# 20
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 13# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 28
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 14# 19
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 17# 18
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 29
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 16# 19
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 14# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 21# 22
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 12# 19
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 19
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 14# 15
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 11# 13
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 12# 28
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 18
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 14# 16
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 18# 19
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 12# 25
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 16# 10
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 15
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 15
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 17# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 17# 14
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 17# 16
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 17
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 18# 17
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 18# 17
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 19# 15
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 15
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 19# 17
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 19# 17
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 20# 16
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 20# 15
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 20# 16
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 20# 10
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 23# 15
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 21
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 26# 17
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 9
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 30# 29
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 41# 12
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2933
   
Games Started2933
   
Innings Pitched177.3209.2
   
Wins1418
   
Losses95
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed131176
   
Earned Runs6771
   
Home Runs Allowed2421
   
Strikeouts228187
   
Walks5730
   
ERA3.413.06
   
WHIP1.060.99
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched67.371.1
   
Wins55
   
Losses43
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5767
   
Earned Runs3031
   
Home Runs Allowed1011
   
Strikeouts7967
   
Walks2516
   
ERA3.953.90
   
WHIP1.211.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
News 
 Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed two runs over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. Giolito struck out nine and walked three in the contest.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 5th
Zack Greinke received a no-decision on Saturday against the Angels, giving up two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 2nd
 White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito was excellent in a 4-0 win over the Indians on Wednesday. Giolito tossed six shutout innings while striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jul 29th
Zack Greinke lasted just 3 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Mariners, giving up three runs on four hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 26th
 Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito struggled in a 10-5 loss to the Twins on Opening Day. Giolito allowed seven runs over 3 2/3 innings of work while striking out three and walking three.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jul 25th
Zack Greinke is lined up to pitch the third game of the season for the Astros this year.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 15th
 Lucas Giolito was confirmed as the starter for Opening Day. He will face off against the Twins at home.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Jul 19th
Zack Greinke pitched four innings on Monday against the Tigers, giving up one run on four hits while striking out two.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
 Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (chest) is expected to make his Cactus League debut later this week, according to manager Rick Renteria.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Mar 2nd
Zack Greinke threw three shutout innings on Wednesday versus the Marlins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 4th
Notes 
 There's a reason that you hear fantasy analysts say that you should target post-hype players: baseball is hard, man, and it takes time for players to fully figure it out. With his prospect pedigree, it took longer than most thought for Lucas Giolito to figure things out. But boy did he ever in 2019, with his 25-start dominating stretch to end the season. He looked like a totally different pitcher - but one who mowed down the league. Hitters are more often to click sooner than pitchers are in the big leagues, and if you look at his peripherals, there's not much to question about Giolito's breakout performance. As long as he keeps his increased velocity on his fastball, he'll continue to be a solid SP2 for fantasy managers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Quality guy without the nasty flash. Safe pick ranked safely.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Giolito earned every bit of his breakout season, putting up an ERA that we nearly identical to his FIP and xFIP and a major gain in control. Most impressive for Giolito was his ability to limit contact on pitches in the strike zone - just 77.3%, second best in MLB behind Gerrit Cole. His raw stuff is elite, and another fantastic season should follow in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
One of these years, it's going to happen. Zack Greinke is going to get rocked as his velocity continues to decline. There's little upside here, with more downside that the end is here at age 36. Greinke has been the model of consistency, but at a position where strikeouts are the most valuable result that a pitcher can give you, Greinke doesn't help you at all. If you're looking at pure volume in a short season, he's worth the pick here.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 2019 breakout can be attributed to an uptick in velocity and an improved changeup. Can he do it again?
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Greinke didn't see the patented Astros bump after a mid-season trade, as his overall numbers actually declined a bit after his move from the Diamondbacks. His ERA and WHIP remain outstanding, but his strikeout rate continues to decline, such that it now actively does not help fantasy owners. Still, he's nearly a lock for 200 innings, plenty of wins, and solid peripherals, making him a fine addition to any fantasy staff. But with his advancing age, don't bank on him necessarily being a top-20 pitcher.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Has become a boring pick but there's plenty of upside in his first full season with the Astros. A lot of potential for wins, which are often overlooked when analyzing SPs
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros