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Who Should I Draft?

Stephen Strasburg or Jack Flaherty (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
26 of 51 experts
49%
Recommended by
25 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 6
Best Rank# 5# 3
Worst Rank# 15# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 24
Best Rank# 21# 19
Worst Rank# 26# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8079
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.623.56
WHIP1.161.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 7# 12
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 9# 12
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 7
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 15# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 10
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 7
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 6# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 7# 8
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 6
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 11
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 8# 13
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 9
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 5# 11
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 7# 8
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 6# 9
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 4
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 3
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 7# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 6
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 8# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 9# 8
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 9# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 7
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 9# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 9# 7
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 9# 7
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 9# 8
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 9# 7
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 10# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 10# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 10
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 11# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 11# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 15# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3333
   
Games Started3333
   
Innings Pitched209.2196.1
   
Wins1811
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed161135
   
Earned Runs7760
   
Home Runs Allowed2425
   
Strikeouts251231
   
Walks5655
   
ERA3.322.75
   
WHIP1.040.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched70.269.1
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6256
   
Earned Runs2827
   
Home Runs Allowed99
   
Strikeouts8079
   
Walks2022
   
ERA3.623.56
   
WHIP1.161.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg allowed five earned runs in his season debut on Sunday and later admitted in a Zoom call that his hand is still not feeling 100%. From Byron Kerr's story on MASNSports.com, Strasburg says, “To be honest, I felt it. I don’t know if it was necessarily like fatigue or just not having necessarily the stamina built up quite yet. But it’s something where I don’t think I’m doing any long-term harm on it. But it does have an impact on being able to throw the baseball and being able to commit to pitches. That’s something I haven’t quite figured out how to pitch through it yet, so I think the goal is to continue to get built up and get the pitch count up to where that won’t be flaring up over the course of the start.”
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 11th
The Thursday double-header between the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers has been postponed.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Aug 10th
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) will make his season debut on Sunday against the Orioles, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. The goal is reportedly for him to throw 75-80 pitches.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 8th
The Cardinals-Pirates upcoming series (August 10-August 12) has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 9th
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday but will now throw a simulated game instead.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 4th
Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that the Cardinals-Pirates game scheduled for Monday August 10th has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 9th
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports the Cardinals are not going to Detroit this week.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 2nd
Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the scheduled Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader has officially been postponed.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 1st
Notes 
 I can't fully trust Strasburg to stay healthy and the Nat's have babied his inning totals his entire career. The ability is elite, the production and my ranking is slightly dinged by his lack of durability.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
2019 shocked me and ranking him THIS high confirms that belief, but I can't move him ahead of the leagues Aces after one great season. Close, but not yet.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
When Jacob deGrom posted his historic 2018 numbers en route to his Cy Young, we knew that there would be regression coming in 2019. Carrying over a 1.70 ERA, 1.94 average against, and a 0.91 WHIP wasn't sustainable, and we knew that. For his encore in 2019, he posted a 2.43 ERA, .205 average against, and a 0.97 WHIP. So when people mention that Flaherty's second half is the driving force around his price tag, they aren't wrong. His second half was historic - especially compared to his first half of 2019, where he struggled mightly. But even with regression to his second-half numbers - 0.91 ERA, .142 average against, and 0.71 WHIP - Flaherty has the pedigree, sample size, and stuff to be the ace for your team. Don't overthink it."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 A candidate to be over drafted coming off career-year and playoff heroics
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros