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Who Should I Draft?

Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
44 of 55 experts
20%
Recommended by
11 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 7
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 19# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 2# 5
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 3# 6
   
Projections 
   
Runs40
Home Runs1510
RBI36
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.306
Strikeouts45103
Wins6
Saves0
ERA3.14
WHIP1.05
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 2# 8
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 7
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 2# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 3# 16
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 14
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 3# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 2# 9
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 2# 11
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 5# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 1# 14
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 2# 8
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 2# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 15
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 7
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 10# 12
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 10
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 10
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 7
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 2# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 16
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 5
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 1# 7
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 2# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 3# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 7# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 7# 5
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 7
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 9# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 10# 8
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 12# 8
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 13# 4
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 1
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 14# 2
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 18# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 19# 5
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs110
   
Home Runs4529
   
RBI104
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Batting Avg.294
   
Strikeouts120326
   
Wins20
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.50
   
WHIP0.89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs40
   
Home Runs1510
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.306
   
Strikeouts45103
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.14
   
WHIP1.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
News 
 Mike Trout did not play during Sunday's 5-0 loss against the Dodgers to conclude the Angels season.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Sep 28th
Gerrit Cole allowed one run and two walks while striking out nine over five 1/3 innings during Friday's 2-1 loss in Game 5 of the ALDS. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Sat, Oct 10th
 Mike Trout connected for a three-run home run in Friday’s loss to the Dodgers. Trout smashed a Clayton Kershaw curveball with two on and two out in the top of the third inning to briefly give the Angels the lead. It was the first home run of Trout’s career off of the future Hall-of-Fame pitcher. He finished the game 1-for-4 with one run and three RBI.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 26th
Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
 Angels megastar Mike Trout drove in the winning run for the Angels on Saturday night, lacing a go-ahead RBI single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Angels a 4-3 victory over the Rangers. The RBI single was Trout’s only hit of the evening, but he sure did make it count. Trout finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Sep 20th
Gerrit Cole won’t be available for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Thursday. He would draw the start on short rest Friday if the Yankees advance the series.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 8th
 Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout in a 9-8 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 16th
Gerrit Cole (1-0) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in Monday's 9-3 Game 1 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Tue, Oct 6th
 Angels superstar center-fielder Mike Trout connected for his major league-leading 16th home run on Wednesday night, crushing a low fastball deep into the left center-field seats at Globe Life Field (estimated 449 ft). Trout finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI in a 6-2 win over Texas.
Lucas Spence
Thu, Sep 10th
Lindsey Adley, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, broke the news that Gerrit Cole will start Game 1 of the ALDS.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Oct 1st
Notes 
 Potential verse reliability is the question here. Acuna and Trout are likely to have comparable home run totals while Acuna should steal more bases. We know what we're getting from Trout and with Rendon in the lineup, maybe 2020 is a career year. It wouldn't surprise me to see Acuna have the better statistical 2020, but Trout's reliability gets my pick at #1.1.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
You could argue that Cole should be higher, and there's no real argument against it. With a pitcher signing a new contract, coming off a career year, in a loaded division, in a hitter-friendly stadium, there's reason enough to have some pause on him.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Having Trout third feels weird, but there are concerns with his wife's due date in August for how much time Trout will miss. Even, on the low end, 45 games of Trout is better than the vast majority of the league. He could miss more time than anticipated, or not miss much at all. It's worth baking in the risk here, but moving him lower than third overall as the safest player to return value in the first round, is a mistake.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Trout may not be the clear-cut number one player in fantasy this year, but that's of no fault of his own, as he's coming off one of his best seasons ever, with a career-high 45 home runs in just 134 games. If you were desperate to find a knock on Trout, it's that he hasn't topped 140 games in any of his last three seasons, and his 11 stolen bases last year tied his low in a single season. But that's all window dressing on a truly special player who is obviously a top-three pick at worst.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
I believe that pitching has become thin enough that elite SP are worth reaching for, something I didn't agree with in previous years. 20 Wins and 225K's seem like a lock in 2020. That makes Cole my 2020 #1 SP and a Top 10 selection .
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 It would be nice if he stole 20 bases again but I mean...it's Mike Trout
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros