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Who Should I Draft?

Stephen Strasburg or Luis Castillo (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 7# 10
Best Rank# 5# 7
Worst Rank# 15# 39
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 39
Best Rank# 20# 33
Worst Rank# 26# 58
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8075
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.563.90
WHIP1.161.23
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 11
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 11
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 8
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 39
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 9
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 24
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 8# 11
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 13
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 9# 13
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 9
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 8# 11
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 10
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 11# 18
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 10# 12
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 6# 12
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 9# 10
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 7# 11
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 10# 11
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 8# 11
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 6# 20
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 15
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 7# 14
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 7# 21
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 13
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 12
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 11# 14
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 13
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 18
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 7# 18
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 6# 14
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 13
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 9# 12
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 8# 10
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 9# 8
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 11# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 15# 14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3332
   
Games Started3332
   
Innings Pitched209.2191.2
   
Wins1815
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed161139
   
Earned Runs7773
   
Home Runs Allowed2422
   
Strikeouts251226
   
Walks5679
   
ERA3.323.45
   
WHIP1.041.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched70.067.6
   
Wins55
   
Losses34
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6159
   
Earned Runs2829
   
Home Runs Allowed99
   
Strikeouts8075
   
Walks2025
   
ERA3.563.90
   
WHIP1.161.23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
News 
 Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks while striking out four in Wednesday's matchup against the Houston Astros.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 11th
 
Notes 
 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
Luis Castillo in 2020 is similar to Jose Berrios in 2019. He's ranked as if he took that next step into ace territory. The thought was off for Berrios, but it's spot-on for Castillo. While it's better to look at a full season's worth of stats compared to splitting it up to get a full view of the performance, it's the stretches of dominance that Castillo showed in his first 20 starts that has people so excited about him in 2020. With elite strikeout numbers and an improved GB rate, Castillo could give you a second top-10 pitcher on your staff if you take him here.
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
Regression just never really hit for Castillo last year, despite a walk rate of 10.1%, fourth-worst in the league among qualified pitchers. There's no doubting Castillo's stuff, particularly his devastating changeup, and the Reds should be more competitive than they have been in years. But he simply has to cut down on the free passes if he wants to build on his breakout 2019. There's every reason to think he will as he continue to grow as a pitcher, and should make a reliable second fantasy starter.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros