Skip to main content

Who Should I Draft?

Shane Bieber or Walker Buehler (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
51 of 51 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 7
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 4# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 9# 21
Best Rank# 8# 19
Worst Rank# 10# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts243197
Wins1512
Saves00
ERA3.183.30
WHIP1.051.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 4
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 5
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 3# 11
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 13
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 8
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 3# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 3# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 2# 5
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 2# 8
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 3# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 6
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 3# 9
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 11
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 3# 7
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 3# 11
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 2# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 6
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 7
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 3# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 3# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 2# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 3# 11
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 3# 12
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 9
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 3# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 3# 9
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 3# 9
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 3# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played128
   
Games Started128
   
Innings Pitched77.237.1
   
Wins81
   
Losses10
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4624
   
Earned Runs1414
   
Home Runs Allowed77
   
Strikeouts12242
   
Walks2111
   
ERA1.633.44
   
WHIP0.870.95
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3129
   
Games Started3130
   
Innings Pitched194.1168.9
   
Wins1512
   
Losses86
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed162137
   
Earned Runs6962
   
Home Runs Allowed2421
   
Strikeouts243197
   
Walks4244
   
ERA3.183.30
   
WHIP1.051.07
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
News 
 Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber threw three scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the White Sox on Friday. He struck out three and did not allow a hit.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 25th
RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' 10-5 loss to the Rockies.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Shane Bieber will make his return and start on Friday against the White Sox. The reigning AL Cy Young winner has been out since June 13th.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Sep 22nd
RHP Walker Buehler took the loss on Friday when he allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts over six innings in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Sep 18th
 Indians RHP Shane Bieber (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 12th
Walker Buehler allowed just two runs during his seven innings, surrendering six hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
 Indians pitcher Shane Bieber threw a “36-pitch up-and-down bullpen session yesterday,” according to Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
RHP Walker Buehler took the loss on Sunday when he allowed six runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout over three innings as the Dodgers lost to the Giants 6-4.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Sep 5th
 Shane Bieber tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday as he continues to work his way back from a right shoulder strain.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Aug 18th
RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Tuesday when he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings as the Dodgers beat the Braves 3-2.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 1st
Notes 
 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
Because the Dodgers wanted to closely watch Buehler's routine and workload, he got a late start to the shortened season, essentially using his first few starts as the end of his spring training. He also dealt with blisters late in the year. All that to say, Buehler's 36 2/3 regular-season innings are, for the most part, largely meaningless. He gave up a few more home runs and walked a few more batters than usual, and he won just a single game. But none of it matters. Value Buehler as you did after his 2019 season - as one of the true stud pitchers in the game. Once the big three of Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, and Shane Bieber are off the board, Buehler should come under immediate consideration, as the type of starting pitcher who can be your fantasy ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  There's little doubt that Buehler is one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball, but we do have questions about his volume entering 2021. Did you know that during the regular season, Buehler had just one appearance where he completed six full innings? This wasn't just a Dodgers thing, either. Julio Urias had five such appearances while Tony Gonsolin had four and Dustin May had three. Of course, the team was saving Buehler for the playoffs more so than their other youngsters, and it worked out. The Dodgers have always handled Buehler with kid gloves, and while he'll be one of the best starters on a per-inning basis in 2021, I'm worried enough about the volume that I'm ranking him closer to the back half of my top-10 starters.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros