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Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Shane Bieber (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 8
Best Rank# 2# 4
Worst Rank# 8# 27
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 25
Best Rank# 14# 21
Worst Rank# 20# 31
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7980
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.473.60
WHIP1.101.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 7
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 5# 12
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 9
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 8
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 8
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 10
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 5# 27
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 5# 8
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 4# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 6
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 4# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 5# 11
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 12
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 8
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 9
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 5# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 8
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 6# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 11
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 6
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 5# 8
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 3# 6
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 5
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 8# 7
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3034
   
Games Started3033
   
Innings Pitched182.2214.1
   
Wins1415
   
Losses48
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed152185
   
Earned Runs6678
   
Home Runs Allowed2031
   
Strikeouts215259
   
Walks3740
   
ERA3.263.28
   
WHIP1.041.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched69.571.8
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5967
   
Earned Runs2729
   
Home Runs Allowed910
   
Strikeouts7980
   
Walks1714
   
ERA3.473.60
   
WHIP1.101.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
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
Shane Bieber will remain the Indians' Opening Day starter on July 24th.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 3rd
 Walker Buehler pitched two perfect innings against the Rockies in his spring debut Saturday, striking out two batters.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Mar 1st
The Indians announced Shane Bieber will be the team's Opening Day starter in 2020.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Mar 6th
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
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
 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
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