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Who Should I Draft?

Zack Wheeler or Max Fried (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
35 of 50 experts
30%
Recommended by
15 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 30
Best Rank# 17# 19
Worst Rank# 61# 54
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 64# 87
Best Rank# 55# 79
Worst Rank# 89# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts159172
Wins1212
Saves00
ERA3.823.89
WHIP1.271.23
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 28
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 21# 47
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 38
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 31# 54
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 31# 33
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 27
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 23# 27
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 31# 32
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 30# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 30
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 23# 42
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 29# 32
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 27# 34
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 30# 44
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 26# 30
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 22# 26
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 25# 30
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 21# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 29# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 19# 26
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 28# 35
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 47
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 32# 37
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 31
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 27
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 27
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 22# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 29# 31
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 31# 36
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 21# 30
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 29
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 23# 35
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 30# 31
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 39# 47
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 28# 19
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 22# 21
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 33# 21
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 28# 22
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 22
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 40# 24
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 33# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 28
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 33# 28
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 34# 30
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 61# 32
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 39# 35
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 52# 35
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 47# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched56.271.2
   
Wins74
   
Losses02
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4266
   
Earned Runs1423
   
Home Runs Allowed23
   
Strikeouts5053
   
Walks1916
   
ERA2.252.92
   
WHIP1.091.15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2930
   
Games Started2930
   
Innings Pitched161.3182.0
   
Wins1212
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed153177
   
Earned Runs6879
   
Home Runs Allowed1823
   
Strikeouts159172
   
Walks5247
   
ERA3.823.89
   
WHIP1.271.23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Fried
SP - ATL
Max Fried
Zack Wheeler
SP - PHI
Zack Wheeler
News 
 The Braves placed LHP Max Fried on the 10-day injured list with a strained hamstring.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 14th
Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the New York Mets. The loss drops him to 1-2 on the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Apr 15th
 Max Fried pitched four innings against the Marlins Tuesday, allowing nine hits, eight runs (seven earned), and two walks while striking out three batters. He threw 86 pitches, 56 for strikes. It was his first loss of the year and he carries an 11.45 ERA thus far. It's worth noting that Fried is going to get an MRI on his right hamstring because he felt something while running from second to third in the fourth inning.
Steve Painter
Tue, Apr 13th
Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed three earned runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, Apr 10th
 Max Fried underwent a precautionary MRI on his right hamstring after his start against the Marlins on Tuesday. Fried felt something in his hamstring while running from second to third in his final at-bat.
Matt Flipi
Tue, Apr 13th
Phillies starter Zack Wheeler tossed seven scoreless, one-hit innings in Saturday's win over the Atlanta Braves. He struck out 10,
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sun, Apr 4th
 Max Fried pitched two innings Wednesday, shortened by a poor outing and taking a liner off of his lower right leg, allowed eight hits, five runs (all earned), and one walk while recording three strikeouts.
Steve Painter
Wed, Apr 7th
Phillies' skipper Joe Girardi announced on Monday that Zack Wheeler would take the mound for the second game of the season.
Jack Mannis
Wed, Mar 31st
 Max Fried pitched five innings Thursday, Opening Day, allowing six hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks while recording eight strikeouts. It ended as a no-decision as the Braves fell to the Phillies 3-2 in 10 innings.
Steve Painter
Thu, Apr 1st
 
Notes 
 In many ways, Fried regressed during his 2020 season. His strikeout rate dropped, his walk rate increased, and his xFIP and SIERA jumped significantly. Nevertheless, thanks to his ability to limit hard contact (his 83.4 MPH average exit velocity and 23.8% hard hit rate allowed were among the best in MLB) led to a massive drop in BABIP allowed, and kept both his ERA and WHIP in check. It's hard to buy a pitcher without an elite strikeout rate whose underlying numbers don't fully support his gains. Nevertheless, Fried was an elite prospect playing on an excellent team, and is just 27 years old. Don't pay for last year's numbers, but don't run away from him in drafts either.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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