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Who Should I Draft?

Shane Bieber or Gerrit Cole (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Expert
Recommendation
74%
Recommended by
37 of 50 experts
26%
Recommended by
13 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 5# 4
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 7# 9
Best Rank# 5# 8
Worst Rank# 8# 10
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts262243
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA3.183.18
WHIP1.031.05
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 3
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 3
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 3
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 3
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 3
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 3
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 3
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 3
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 2# 3
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 4
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 2# 3
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 2# 3
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 2# 3
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 3
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 3
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 3
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 3
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 3
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 3
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 3
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 4
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 2# 3
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 2# 3
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 3
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 3
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 2# 3
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 2# 3
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 1
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 1
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 2
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 3# 2
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 2
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 2
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 2
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 2
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 2
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 2
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 2
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 2
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 2
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched73.177.2
   
Wins78
   
Losses31
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5346
   
Earned Runs2314
   
Home Runs Allowed147
   
Strikeouts94122
   
Walks1721
   
ERA2.841.63
   
WHIP0.960.87
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3231
   
Games Started3231
   
Innings Pitched197.9194.1
   
Wins1615
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed153162
   
Earned Runs7069
   
Home Runs Allowed3024
   
Strikeouts262243
   
Walks5242
   
ERA3.183.18
   
WHIP1.031.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
News 
 Gerrit Cole picked up the win in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out eight.
John Aubin
Tue, Apr 13th
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber threw nine scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. He struck out 11 and walked one in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 14th
 Gerrit Cole earned the win by pitching seven scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts against the Orioles on Tuesday, allowing four hits and no walks.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 7th
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings of work in a 4-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday. He struck out 12 and walked four in the game.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 7th
 Gerrit Cole allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. He didn't factor into the decision.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 1st
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs over six innings in a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day. Bieber struck out 12, walked three, and allowed five hits in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Apr 1st
 Yankees manager Aaron Boone expects ace right-hander Gerrit Cole to pitch 200 innings despite last year's shortened season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Mar 21st
Indians SP Shane Bieber will start Opening Day against the Tigers.
AJ Schullo
Fri, Mar 12th
 Yankees ace Gerrit Cole will toss love batting practice instead of starting Saturday‚Äôs Grapefruit League against the Pirates due to inclement weather.
Brad Camara
Sat, Mar 6th
Indians ace Shane Bieber says the team hasn't begun extension conversations with him.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Feb 22nd
Notes 
 Cole was pretty much as advertised in his first season with the Yankees. His ERA rose a tad, as did his home run rate as expected, and his strikeout rate fell a bit, though it remained at an absurdly high level. And, for the most part, all of his expected metrics fell off a tad from his 2019 season. But Cole's numbers from that season were so dominating that he could withstand plenty of regression and still be one of the best pitchers in fantasy. As such, he'll head into 2021 close to the way he came into the 2020 season: a dominant, high-strikeout, low-walk starter who will throw plenty of innings and who is more likely to finish as the top overall fantasy pitcher than he is to finish outside the top-10. It's a matter of personal preference between Cole and Jacob deGrom as the first pitcher off the board, but neither should fall outside the top-10 overall picks on draft day.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Bieber took the huge gains he had made in 2019 and kicked the into hyperdrive en route to a Cy Young season. He had a miniscule 1.63 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and took his strikeout percentage to 41.1%, which ranked first among qualified starters. Everything was exceptional for Bieber, as he held batters to just a .167 batting average, barely allowed home runs, and earned eight wins in just 12 starts. He may struggle to again find wins given the Indians' depleted lineup, but there is nothing else to think twice about with Bieber. He's part of the ultra-elite tier in starting pitching with Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole, and should be a first-round selection, especially since he seems to have had no ill effects from his battle with COVID-19.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros