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Who Should I Draft?

Zack Wheeler or Edwin Diaz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
65%
Recommended by
28 of 43 experts
35%
Recommended by
15 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 34
Best Rank# 17# 18
Worst Rank# 90# 73
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 108# 118
Best Rank# 88# 103
Worst Rank# 120# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6337
Wins41
Saves010
ERA4.163.32
WHIP1.281.08
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 41
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 34# 47
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 34# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 39# 41
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 34
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 33# 47
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 28# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 63# 73
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 39
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 36# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 50
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 36# 48
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 33# 46
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 41# 56
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 43# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 41# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 40# 47
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 29# 31
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 42
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 39
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 30# 39
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 33# 34
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 28# 39
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 22# 42
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 31# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 35# 34
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 38# 27
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 39# 29
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 40# 25
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 41# 24
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 28
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 47# 45
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 54# 35
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 59# 24
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 27
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 62# 30
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 40
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 68# 33
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 76# 18
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 90# 41
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3166
   
Games Started310
   
Innings Pitched195.058.1
   
Wins112
   
Losses87
   
Saves026
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed19658
   
Earned Runs8536
   
Home Runs Allowed2215
   
Strikeouts19599
   
Walks5022
   
ERA3.925.59
   
WHIP1.261.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1123
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched64.923.9
   
Wins41
   
Losses31
   
Saves010
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed6418
   
Earned Runs309
   
Home Runs Allowed103
   
Strikeouts6337
   
Walks198
   
ERA4.163.32
   
WHIP1.281.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 Phillies manager Joe Girardi says there is a chance Zack Wheeler (paternity) might not be available for the start of the season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 6th
Edwin Diaz has yet to be formally named the Mets' closer heading into the start of the regular season. Manager Luis Rojas declined to commit to Diaz as the team's closer, admitting "I don't know yet. We'll get there at some point."
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jul 5th
 Zack Wheeler could miss one or two starts at the beginning of the season with his wife expecting a baby sometime in July.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Fri, Jun 26th
Mets reliever Edwin Diaz did not a allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over the course of a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 12th
 Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out six over four innings in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Twins.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 10th
 
 Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two over 2 1/3 innings in Thursday's Spring Training outing against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 5th
 
 Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed two earned runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two over two innings in his Spring debut with his new team on Saturday. Both runs came on a two-run homer off the bat of Toronto‚Äôs Danny Jansen.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sun, Mar 1st
 
Notes 
 Wheeler's had a fine career so far, and he parlayed a solid year with the Mets into a long-term deal with the Phillies. He's not that attractive of a fantasy asset, but he'll offer the volume you want this year.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Jarred Kelenic was traded for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. Diaz will get another shot to make this trade seem a little less bad than it was, but with Dellin Betances waiting in the wings, the leash won't be long.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Wheeler's numbers declined from his breakout 2018 season but, overall, there were plenty of gains. He upped his strikeout rate and velocity, cut his walk rate, and set a career high in innings. Now with the Phillies, he'll see a downgrade in park, but because he's been able to avoid home runs over the last two seasons, the move should not have too much of an impact. Wheeler probably won't develop into a fantasy ace, but he's, at worst, a strong third fantasy starter.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Diaz is clearly an exceptional talent as demonstrated by his insane 2018 campaign, but we are talking about a 10th round pick who didn't even manage to finish among the top 50 relievers last season. Sure, the 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP are likely to come down but will it happen long enough to hold onto the closer job all year?
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros