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Who Should I Draft?

Rafael Devers or Jack Flaherty (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
30 of 56 experts
46%
Recommended by
26 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 28
Best Rank# 22# 16
Worst Rank# 69# 84
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 40
Best Rank# 27# 35
Worst Rank# 34# 45
   
Projections 
   
Runs95
Home Runs2331
RBI101
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.282
Strikeouts205138
Wins12
Saves0
ERA3.48
WHIP1.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 32
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 29
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 46# 84
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 32# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 33
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 22# 35
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 34# 35
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 32# 33
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 22# 34
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 23# 42
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 35# 42
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 42
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 39
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 27# 28
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 32# 41
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 34
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 33# 34
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 22# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 36
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 41# 43
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 31# 40
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 23# 40
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 30# 34
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 30# 42
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 22# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 41# 16
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 39# 19
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 31# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 69# 20
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 29# 20
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 26# 22
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 29# 23
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 24
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 28# 26
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 50# 26
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 51# 28
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 41# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 33# 28
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 32# 30
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 30
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 47# 31
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 34# 31
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 38# 31
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 32
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 33# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 52# 35
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 58# 35
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 38
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 55# 43
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs32
   
Home Runs611
   
RBI43
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.263
   
Strikeouts4967
   
Wins4
   
Saves0
   
ERA4.91
   
WHIP1.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs95
   
Home Runs2331
   
RBI101
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.282
   
Strikeouts205138
   
Wins12
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.48
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
News 
 Jack Flaherty pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts in an inning of relief on Sunday.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Oct 3rd
Rafael Devers went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs, and three runs scored in their playoff clinching win on Sunday.
Liam Gibney
Mon, Oct 4th
 Jack Flaherty (shoulder) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 29th
Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with with a double, and a run scored in Sunday's tough loss to the New York Yankees.
Liam Gibney
Mon, Sep 27th
 Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty will be available out of the bullpen beginning on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 28th
Rafael Devers went 1-for-4 with a home run, and three RBIs. He was responsible for all three of the Red Sox runs in this contest against the Yankees on Friday.
Liam Gibney
Sat, Sep 25th
 Jack Flaherty (shoulder strain) returned to the Cardinals rotation in the role of an "opener" for the second game of their doubleheader against the Cubs on Friday. However, he recorded only one out and gave up two runs before being removed from the game.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 25th
Rafael Devers went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored in Saturday's 9-3 win over Baltimore.
Liam Gibney
Sun, Sep 19th
 St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty is scheduled to pitch Game 2 on Friday afternoon.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
Rafael Devers went just 1-for-4 on the day, striking out twice. But he salvaged his fantasy day with a solo homer in the eighth inning.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 14th
Notes 
 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
Devers' 2020 season was . . . fine. That's about the best you can say about it. He still hit the ball hard, ranking in the 96th percentile in average exit velocity, and he increased his barrel rate significantly. His counting stat paces from his breakout 2019 season went down, but not dramatically so (other than his batting average), and fantasy managers never felt like Devers was a drain on their teams. But, at the same time, his already poor walk rate declined, his strikeout rate jumped to a career worst, and he didn't even attempt a single stolen base. Devers is just 24 years old, so there is plenty of upside for him. The safest course of action is to build in some natural regression from Devers' strong 2019 season, and pencil him in for roughly 30 home runs and 200 combined runs and RBI. That still makes him an asset to any fantasy team.
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
Just like in 2019, Devers got off to a slow start last season. He posted a weak .543 OPS over his first 14 games before coming to life with an .868 mark over his final 43 contests. Devers' O-swing has increased every year that he has been in the league, up to 42.3% in 2020. His breakout 2019 saw him make contact on an unsustainable number of pitchers outside the zone. The young third baseman is able to do damage on anything he makes contact with, but he needs to decrease the amount of strikeout to become a consistently elite hitter.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
  Devers would be more appealing if he stole bases more often, but batting in the middle of the mediocre Red Sox lineup does not scream huge season. He is a fine pick, but not someone primed to break out.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy