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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
74%
Recommended by
37 of 50 experts
26%
Recommended by
13 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 7
Best Rank# 2# 3
Worst Rank# 15# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 16# 24
Best Rank# 14# 19
Worst Rank# 18# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7679
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.493.56
WHIP1.111.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 7
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 5# 6
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 6# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 3# 12
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 10
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 12
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 7
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 9# 18
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 6
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 5# 7
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 7
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 6# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 5# 7
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 5# 7
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 4# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 11
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 5# 6
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 7
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 5# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 7# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 9
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 7# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 8
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 5# 9
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 2# 5
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 3# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 3# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 6# 4
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 6# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 3
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 9# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 9# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 10# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 13# 10
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 15# 9
   
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 Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched67.469.1
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5856
   
Earned Runs2627
   
Home Runs Allowed89
   
Strikeouts7679
   
Walks1722
   
ERA3.493.56
   
WHIP1.111.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 The Dodgers announced that Walker Buehler will start Game 3 of the World Series on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 19th
Jack Flaherty took the loss in Game 3 of the Wild Card Round on Friday when he gave up one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks across six innings in the Cardinals 4-0 loss to the Padres.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 2nd
 Walker Buehler secured the win on Saturday when he surrendered zero runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over six innings in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Oct 17th
Jack Flaherty allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings in the Cardinals 3-0 loss to the Brewers in Game One on Friday. Flaherty allowed a solo home run to Christian Yelich in the third inning and at least one Brewer reached base in every inning except the first. The Cardinals fell to 28-27 with the loss.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, Sep 26th
 Walker Buehler took a no decision on Monday when he allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and five walks across five innings in the Dodgers 5-1 loss to the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Oct 12th
Jack Flaherty tossed six innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 11 to record his second win of the season as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday. Flaherty allowed a leadoff double to Bryan Reynolds in the fourth inning and the Pirates brought him around to score on a sacrifice fly later in the frame. Flaherty threw 102 pitches, 61 of them for strikes, and the Cardinals improved to 26-24 with the victory. They are now one game ahead of both the Reds and Brewers for Second Place in the NL Central in what figures to be one of the final week's most exciting playoff races.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Sep 21st
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that Walker Buehler will start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Oct 10th
Jack Flaherty allowed nine earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over three innings pitched in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Flaherty threw 81 pitches, 48 of them for strikes, and gave up back-to-back home runs in the first inning to Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. The Brewers added two runs in the third on a Daniel Vogelbach double and seven runs in the fourth, five of which were charged to Flaherty. He allowed four singles and a walk before being relieved without recording an out in that inning. The Cardinals fell to 21-22 with the loss and have a half game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, and one game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for Second Place in the NL Central.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Sep 16th
 Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Tuesday when he allowed one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and four walks across four innings in the Dodgers win over the Padres in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 7th
Jack Flaherty threw five innings allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with six strike outs as the Cardinals beat the Tigers 12-2 in Game One on Thursday. Flaherty allowed a Jeimer Candelario home run in the fourth inning, which accounted for all of the Tigers scoring. The Cardinals moved to 19-17 after the victory.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Fri, Sep 11th
Notes 
 The more I look and ponder the more I see a potential Cy Young in 2020. Great team, pitcher park, Betts and Bellinger potentially manning two OF spots on defense. If LAD finally gets that title Buehler will be the guy we look at to explain that last step.
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
 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
 Walker Buehler's last 27 games included a 2.91 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 170 1/3 innings
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros