Skip to main content

Who Should I Draft?

Zack Wheeler or Charlie Morton (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
30 of 51 experts
41%
Recommended by
21 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 31
Best Rank# 19# 15
Worst Rank# 54# 64
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 87# 107
Best Rank# 79# 102
Worst Rank# 102# 122
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts172171
Wins1211
Saves00
ERA3.893.71
WHIP1.231.20
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 36
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 27
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 28# 35
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 32
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 47# 64
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 28# 30
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 33
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 34
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 32# 40
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 21# 26
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 32
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 34# 40
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 41
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 21# 30
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 26# 47
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 29# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 31# 35
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 32
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 35# 53
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 32# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 63
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 30# 31
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 35# 40
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 42
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 33# 41
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 37
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 30# 40
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 22# 31
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 29# 31
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 35# 40
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 24# 20
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 26
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 27# 26
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 30# 29
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 30# 29
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 31# 24
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 31# 25
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 32# 31
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 32# 24
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 30
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 33# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 35# 27
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 36# 32
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 37# 29
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 38# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 42# 33
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 42# 31
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 44# 38
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 47# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 47# 20
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 54# 15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played119
   
Games Started119
   
Innings Pitched71.238.2
   
Wins42
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6643
   
Earned Runs2320
   
Home Runs Allowed34
   
Strikeouts5342
   
Walks1610
   
ERA2.924.74
   
WHIP1.151.39
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3029
   
Games Started3029
   
Innings Pitched182.0154.7
   
Wins1211
   
Losses87
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed177138
   
Earned Runs7964
   
Home Runs Allowed2318
   
Strikeouts172171
   
Walks4747
   
ERA3.893.71
   
WHIP1.231.20
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Charlie Morton
SP - ATL
Charlie Morton
News 
 Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Sep 23rd
Charlie Morton pitched six innings against the Diamondbacks Thursday, allowing five hits, three runs (all earned), and two walks while striking out eight batters. The start was a no-decision for him, but he did earn a quality start. Morton threw 96 pitches, 65 for strikes, and carries a 3.53 ERA.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings in Friday's win over the Mets. The win brings him to 14-9 on the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, Sep 18th
Charlie Morton pitched five innings against the Giants Saturday, allowing four hits, two runs (both earned), and three walks while striking out three batters. The Braves offense was held scoreless, and Morton got the loss, his record is now 13-6 on the year. He threw 97 pitches, 51 for strikes, and carries a 3.49 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 19th
 Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four over six innings in Monday's win over the Nationals. The win brings him to 11-9 on the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Aug 31st
Charlie Morton pitched seven innings against the Marlins Friday, allowing six hits and three runs (all earned) while striking out seven batters. While he didn't get the win, he did earn another quality start. Morton threw 91 pitches, 64 for strikes, and carries a 3.49 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sat, Sep 11th
 Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and no walks while striking out 10 over eight innings in Wednesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The loss drops him to 10-9 on the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Aug 26th
Charlie Morton and the Braves agreed to a one year, $20 million contract extension on Monday. The deal also includes a club option for 2023 with $20 million as well.
Chris Schommer
Mon, Sep 6th
 Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed six earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Fri, Aug 20th
Charlie Morton pitched seven innings against the Rockies Sunday, allowing two hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks while striking four batters out. The Braves offense was loud in this one, and Morton's record improved to 13-5 on the year, and he also earned another start. He threw 89 pitches, 60 for strikes, and carries a 3.47 ERA.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
Notes 
 Wheeler's first season in Philadelphia was a success, in that he had the lowest ERA of his career (2.92) and a strong 1.17 WHIP. But his strikeout numbers plummeted, as he struck out just 18.4% of batters. The whiff rate on all of Wheeler's pitches, other than his "show me" curveball, dropped significantly, despite the fact that his velocity remained the same. If Wheeler can again excel at completely limiting hard contact like he did last season (his 85.7 MPH average exit velocity allowed ranked in the top 10% in baseball), then he can probably get away with the lack of strikeouts. Otherwise, he's unlikely to repeat his 2020 success. Given the shortened season, it's a good bet that Wheeler's strikeouts will bounce back, and you can slot him in as an SP3 without much worry.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Morton's 2020 numbers were poor, without question. He was limited to just 38 regular season innings because of a shoulder injury, and pitched to a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. His velocity was way down early in the season (when he got hit hard) and trickled up after he returned, but he got back to his normal 95 MPH fastball in the postseason and totaled a 2.70 ERA. Now 37 and with the Braves, the question is whether fantasy managers can write off Morton's down 2020 season considering his sterling post-season, or whether his age and injury history means they should avoid him. In reality, the answer is neither. Morton should still have gas left in the tank considering his playoff run, but should only be drafted as a value, meaning no earlier than a low-end SP3. Grab him there, at which point the risk-reward balance should reach an equilibrium.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros