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Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Jack Flaherty (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 7# 10
Best Rank# 4# 7
Worst Rank# 15# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 21# 32
Best Rank# 19# 27
Worst Rank# 26# 34
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts197205
Wins1212
Saves00
ERA3.303.48
WHIP1.071.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 12
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 13
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 13
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 7# 8
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 10
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 11# 13
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 8# 11
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 7# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 6# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 5# 10
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 8# 18
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 5# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 11
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 5# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 7# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 6# 11
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 9# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 11# 16
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 7# 8
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 11# 13
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 10
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 10
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 8
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 5# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 8# 11
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 11
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 8
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 4# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 11
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 9# 11
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 12
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 6# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 9# 14
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 7# 11
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 9# 11
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 9# 10
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 6# 11
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 9# 8
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 11# 8
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 12# 11
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 12
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 15# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played89
   
Games Started89
   
Innings Pitched37.140.1
   
Wins14
   
Losses03
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed2433
   
Earned Runs1422
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts4249
   
Walks1116
   
ERA3.444.91
   
WHIP0.951.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2931
   
Games Started3031
   
Innings Pitched168.9173.0
   
Wins1212
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed137138
   
Earned Runs6267
   
Home Runs Allowed2123
   
Strikeouts197205
   
Walks4454
   
ERA3.303.48
   
WHIP1.071.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Walker Buehler allowed just two runs during his seven innings, surrendering six hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty (shoulder) is set to begin throwing sometime over the next couple of days, according to Cardinals' manager Mike Schildt.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Sep 5th
 RHP Walker Buehler took the loss on Sunday when he allowed six runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout over three innings as the Dodgers lost to the Giants 6-4.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Sep 5th
The Cardinals placed RHP Jack Flaherty on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 25th
 RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Tuesday when he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings as the Dodgers beat the Braves 3-2.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 1st
Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty was removed from Tuesday evening's game with right shoulder tightness.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Aug 24th
 RHP Walker Buehler took a no-decision on Wednesday when he surrendered just one unearned run on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings as the Dodgers beat the Padres 5-3 in extra innings.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Aug 26th
Making just his second start since returning from the injured list, Jack Flaherty was sharp in a no-decision against Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Cardinals ace allowed just four hits, two runs, and a walk while striking out eight batters in six innings.
Lucas Spence
Thu, Aug 19th
 RHP Walker Buehler earned the win on Friday when he allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts across 7 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Mets.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Aug 21st
After missing nearly 2 1/2 months of action, Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty returned to the mound and did not miss a beat on Friday, pitching six shutout innings while allowing just a pair of hits and striking out five in a win over the Royals.
Lucas Spence
Fri, Aug 13th
Notes 
 Because the Dodgers wanted to closely watch Buehler's routine and workload, he got a late start to the shortened season, essentially using his first few starts as the end of his spring training. He also dealt with blisters late in the year. All that to say, Buehler's 36 2/3 regular-season innings are, for the most part, largely meaningless. He gave up a few more home runs and walked a few more batters than usual, and he won just a single game. But none of it matters. Value Buehler as you did after his 2019 season - as one of the true stud pitchers in the game. Once the big three of Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, and Shane Bieber are off the board, Buehler should come under immediate consideration, as the type of starting pitcher who can be your fantasy ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 There's little doubt that Buehler is one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball, but we do have questions about his volume entering 2021. Did you know that during the regular season, Buehler had just one appearance where he completed six full innings? This wasn't just a Dodgers thing, either. Julio Urias had five such appearances while Tony Gonsolin had four and Dustin May had three. Of course, the team was saving Buehler for the playoffs more so than their other youngsters, and it worked out. The Dodgers have always handled Buehler with kid gloves, and while he'll be one of the best starters on a per-inning basis in 2021, I'm worried enough about the volume that I'm ranking him closer to the back half of my top-10 starters.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros