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Who Should I Draft?

Stephen Strasburg or Max Fried (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
36 of 51 experts
29%
Recommended by
15 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 27
Best Rank# 8# 17
Worst Rank# 122# 61
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 59# 64
Best Rank# 54# 55
Worst Rank# 74# 89
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts169159
Wins1112
Saves00
ERA3.723.82
WHIP1.181.27
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 40
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 16# 22
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 8# 28
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 25
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 33
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 17# 31
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 45
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 31
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 20# 61
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 18# 21
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 21# 23
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 25# 31
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 36# 40
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 14# 33
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 24# 30
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 20# 27
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 27# 30
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 21# 25
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 28# 29
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 15# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 24# 32
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 20# 25
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 20# 26
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 21# 39
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 20# 52
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 15# 22
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 20# 29
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 30# 31
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 20# 34
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 21# 33
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 17# 21
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 21# 27
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 18# 30
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 19
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 25# 22
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 17
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 26# 23
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 22
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 26
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 30# 29
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 23
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 33# 28
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 29
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 33# 23
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 45# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 45# 21
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 51# 21
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 122# 47
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played211
   
Games Started211
   
Innings Pitched5.256.2
   
Wins07
   
Losses10
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed842
   
Earned Runs614
   
Home Runs Allowed12
   
Strikeouts250
   
Walks119
   
ERA10.802.25
   
WHIP1.801.09
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2729
   
Games Started2729
   
Innings Pitched152.8161.3
   
Wins1112
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed137153
   
Earned Runs6368
   
Home Runs Allowed2018
   
Strikeouts169159
   
Walks4452
   
ERA3.723.82
   
WHIP1.181.27
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
News 
 Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (neck) will undergo neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery. He will miss the rest of the 2021 season.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 27th
Max Fried pitched nine innings against the Padres Friday, allowing three hits and striking out four batters. With the win, his record is 13-7 on the year, and he earned another quality start. He threw 98 pitches, 66 for strikes, and carries a 3.12 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sat, Sep 25th
 Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (neck) had an “uncomfortable” feeling in his neck following Wednesday’s bullpen session.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 23rd
Max Fried pitched seven shutout innings against the Giants Sunday, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out five batters. The Braves bullpen completed the shutout, with Fried's record improving to 12-7 on the year. He threw 99 pitches, 67 for strikes, and carries a 3.31 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 19th
 Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck) threw from the bullpen mound on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 19th
Max Fried pitched six innings against the Marlins Sunday, allowing four hits, three runs (all earned), and one walk while striking out seven batters. He was not a factor in the decision, a 5-3 Braves victory, but did earn a quality start. Fried threw 89 pitches, 67 for strikes, and carries a 3.47 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 12th
 Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg has suffered a setback after throwing a sim game recently. He felt some discomfort in his neck shortly after the outing.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Jul 17th
Max Fried pitched six innings against the Nationals Tuesday, allowing six hits, one run (earned), and four walks while striking out five batters. He was not a factor in the decision but did earn a quality start. He threw 96 pitches, 56 for strikes, and carries a 3.42 ERA.
Steve Painter
Wed, Sep 8th
 Nationals' starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Monday. Strasburg hasn't pitched since June 1.
Corbin Young
Tue, Jul 6th
Max Fried pitched six innings against the Dodgers Wednesday, allowing three hits, two runs (both earned), and one walk while striking out nine batters. He did not factor in the decision. Fried threw 99 pitches, 59 for strikes, and carries a 3.51 ERA.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 Strasburg was limited to just five innings in 2020, with an injury that eventually required carpal tunnel syndrome. Although that's a minor surgery, the truth is that fantasy managers have very little data as to the impact and/or successful recovery rate after that surgery for pitchers. Strasburg's a tricky draft pick in any given year - he always provides strong value when he's on the mound, but has only topped 200 innings pitched twice in his career. Now entering his age-33 season, Strasburg will likely again provide excellent overall numbers assuming he is healthy. He looks great in the spring, though he's currently battling a minor calf injury, though it shouldn't keep him out for long. Draft him as an SP2, but anything more than 160 innings is gravy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
In many ways, Fried regressed during his 2020 season. His strikeout rate dropped, his walk rate increased, and his xFIP and SIERA jumped significantly. Nevertheless, thanks to his ability to limit hard contact (his 83.4 MPH average exit velocity and 23.8% hard hit rate allowed were among the best in MLB) led to a massive drop in BABIP allowed, and kept both his ERA and WHIP in check. It's hard to buy a pitcher without an elite strikeout rate whose underlying numbers don't fully support his gains. Nevertheless, Fried was an elite prospect playing on an excellent team, and is just 27 years old. Don't pay for last year's numbers, but don't run away from him in drafts either.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros