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Who Should I Draft?

Stephen Strasburg or Shane Bieber (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
25 of 50 experts
50%
Recommended by
25 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 6
Best Rank# 5# 4
Worst Rank# 15# 39
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 25
Best Rank# 21# 21
Worst Rank# 26# 30
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8080
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.623.65
WHIP1.161.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 7# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 8
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 9# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 7# 6
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 4
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 15# 7
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 10# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 9# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 11# 10
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 9# 8
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 9# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 6
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 7# 6
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 9# 6
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 6
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 9# 7
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 9# 6
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 15# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 7# 6
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 9# 7
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 8# 6
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 9
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 8
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 5# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 8
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 9
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 6# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 8
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 6# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 11
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 11
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 7# 39
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 8# 10
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 11
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 11# 12
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3334
   
Games Started3333
   
Innings Pitched209.2214.1
   
Wins1815
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed161185
   
Earned Runs7778
   
Home Runs Allowed2431
   
Strikeouts251259
   
Walks5640
   
ERA3.323.28
   
WHIP1.041.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched70.272.4
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6268
   
Earned Runs2829
   
Home Runs Allowed910
   
Strikeouts8080
   
Walks2015
   
ERA3.623.65
   
WHIP1.161.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
News 
 Stephen Strasburg underwent surgery Wednesday for carpal tunnel syndrome in his pitching hand.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 26th
Shan Bieber had his worst start of the season in the Indian's playoff opener against the Yankees, giving up seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 30th
 Stephen Strasburg will have hand surgery on Wednesday in Baltimore. The procedure is to repair the carpel tunnel neuritis in his right hand.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Aug 23rd
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed one unearned run over five innings in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked three in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday, and will undergo surgery next week.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 22nd
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings in a 10-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked two in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
 Nationals co-ace Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in his right ahnd.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 21st
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs over seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Twins on Friday. Bieber struck out eight and walked two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 12th
 Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who left his start yesterday in the first inning, is headed back to the injured list. Strasburg began the year on the IL due to a nerve issue in his hand.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 15th
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber threw five innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Bieber struck out 10 and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 6th
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
Bieber may not be the most polarizing player in drafts this year, but it's hard to argue that he isn't the most polarizing pitcher. For every positive (peripherals were in line with his surface stats), that are concerns (he gets hit HARD). If you're a Bieber truther (Belieber, I guess), it's good value for him here as the ace of your staff. But if you have any pause about him at all, you should fade him and go with a safer option.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 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
Bieber was simply fantastic in 2019 and gave you everything you want from a stud pitcher. He was second in the league innings, had a 3.28 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and was top-10 in strikeout and walk rates. He gave up his fair share of home runs but, overall, there are next to no complaint about Bieber. Draft him with confidence as a low-end ace.
Dan Harris - 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
Figured out how to pitch to lefties last year. If that holds he'll once again be elite due to his exceptional command
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 A candidate to be over drafted coming off career-year and playoff heroics
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros