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Who Should I Draft?

Matt Olson or Lucas Giolito (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
30 of 55 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 58# 59
Best Rank# 20# 34
Worst Rank# 160# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 61# 52
Best Rank# 42# 44
Worst Rank# 71# 64
   
Projections 
   
Runs30
Home Runs1310
RBI36
Stolen Bases0
Batting Avg.258
Strikeouts5879
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.95
WHIP1.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 56# 61
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 50# 69
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 20# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 22# 46
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 57# 62
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 54# 61
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 63
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 47# 127
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 55# 59
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 63
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 52# 61
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 31# 67
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 61# 102
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 33# 45
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 58# 67
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 56# 62
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 48# 68
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 46# 63
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 58# 78
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 48# 58
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 56# 65
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 57# 67
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 64# 80
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 45
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 44# 65
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 53# 73
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 64# 66
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 78
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 43# 45
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 46# 57
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 45# 43
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 48# 38
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 55# 51
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 57# 48
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 58# 50
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 39
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 62# 61
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 54
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 65# 63
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 65# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 65# 48
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 61
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 68# 61
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 69# 49
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 69# 46
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 71# 39
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 71# 59
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 74# 57
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 82# 36
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 91# 79
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 98# 55
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 119# 66
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 128# 106
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 158# 34
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 160# 121
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs73
   
Home Runs3624
   
RBI91
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.267
   
Strikeouts138228
   
Wins14
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.41
   
WHIP1.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs30
   
Home Runs1310
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.258
   
Strikeouts5879
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.95
   
WHIP1.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
News 
 Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in the A's 9-7 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 7th
Lucas Giolito grabbed the win in Game 1 of Chicago's Wild Card series on Tuesday when he allowed just one run on two hits while striking out eight and walking one as the White Sox took down the A's 4-1.
Jon Mathisen
Tue, Sep 29th
 Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored, and a walk as the A's fell to the Astros 10-5 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Monday.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Oct 5th
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed two runs over six innings in a 3-2 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday. Giolito struck out 11 and walked three in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
 Matt Olson went a combined 3-for-6 with three singles in Oakland's doubleheader against the Mariners on Saturday.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Sep 27th
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito turned in a quality start in a 5-1 loss to the Twins on Wednesday. Giolito allowed three runs over six innings while striking out four and walking three.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
 Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and three strikeouts as the A's blanked the Giants 6-0 on Friday.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Sep 19th
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 4-3 win over the Tigers on Friday. Giolito struck out seven and walked four.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 12th
 Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two strikeouts in the A's 3-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 16th
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed three runs over six innings in a 5-3 win over the Royals on Saturday. He struck out nine on the way to his fourth win.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 6th
Notes 
 Remember when a broken hamate bone was supposed to zap power? Matt Olson laughed at that notion, as he still hit 36 home runs last season after suffering the injury in the first week of the season. Olson is a popular target in the industry, and it makes sense, given his job security, power, and production. There are concerns about his home ballpark and his numbers against lefties, but if you miss out on the first wave of first basemen, this is your last chance to grab a true contender to finish top three at the position.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
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
 If chasing upside, I prefer Olson to Rizzo. If Olson stays healthy, I can see a HR title type year.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
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
 Hit 36 homers in just 127 games last year
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
2019 breakout can be attributed to an uptick in velocity and an improved changeup. Can he do it again?
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros