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Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Jack Flaherty (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
38 of 43 experts
12%
Recommended by
5 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 6
Best Rank# 2# 3
Worst Rank# 8# 12
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 24
Best Rank# 14# 20
Worst Rank# 20# 25
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7878
Wins54
Saves00
ERA3.473.56
WHIP1.101.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 8
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 5
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 5# 6
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 10
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 7
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 6
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 7
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 5# 8
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 5# 7
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 4# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 8
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 4# 6
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 9
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 5# 12
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 11
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 5# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 7
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 7
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 6
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 5# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 8
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 5# 9
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 3# 7
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 6# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 3
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 8# 4
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3033
   
Games Started3033
   
Innings Pitched182.2196.1
   
Wins1411
   
Losses48
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed152135
   
Earned Runs6660
   
Home Runs Allowed2025
   
Strikeouts215231
   
Walks3755
   
ERA3.262.75
   
WHIP1.040.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched69.668.0
   
Wins54
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5955
   
Earned Runs2727
   
Home Runs Allowed99
   
Strikeouts7878
   
Walks1822
   
ERA3.473.56
   
WHIP1.101.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Walker Buehler allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Athletics. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Mar 6th
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Jack Flaherty as the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 22nd
 Walker Buehler pitched two perfect innings against the Rockies in his spring debut Saturday, striking out two batters.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Mar 1st
 
Notes 
 Where you take Buehler is all about your approach to pitching in a shortened season. There's a case to take him in the first round, as he has the pure stuff to be the No. 1 pitcher by season's end with his 29 percent strikeout rate and five percent walk rate in 2019.
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
 A 5.22 ERA in April scared fantasy owners, but Buehler quickly recovered from the Dodgers' ill-planned "ease into the year" plan. He looked precisely like the pitcher his fantasy owners had hoped for after that, ending the year with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 29.2% strikeout rate. His meager five percent walk rate was one of the best in the league, and with an incredibly strong offense behind him once again, Buehler should excel in all four of the starting pitching categories in 2020. Have no concerns.
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