Who Should I Draft?

Blake Snell or Walker Buehler (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
53 of 56 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 12
Best Rank# 3# 4
Worst Rank# 16# 39
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 28# 40
Best Rank# 27# 35
Worst Rank# 30# 44
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts216180
Wins1412
Saves00
ERA3.153.18
WHIP1.181.14
   
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  Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3124
   
Games Started3123
   
Innings Pitched181.1137.2
   
Wins218
   
Losses55
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed11295
   
Earned Runs3840
   
Home Runs Allowed1612
   
Strikeouts221151
   
Walks6437
   
ERA1.892.62
   
WHIP0.970.96
   
  Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3228
   
Games Started3228
   
Innings Pitched182.9162.2
   
Wins1412
   
Losses87
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed145133
   
Earned Runs6457
   
Home Runs Allowed1917
   
Strikeouts216180
   
Walks7252
   
ERA3.153.18
   
WHIP1.181.14
   
  Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
News 
 Blake Snell allowed seven runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts across 3 1/3 innings while taking a loss against the Twins on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 26th
Walker Buehler was sensational on Friday versus Colorado, throwing a complete game, three-hitter while striking out 16.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Blake Snell walked four, gave up two hits and was charged with six runs while getting one out on 39 pitches as the Rays lost to the Yankees on Wednesday by a 10-2 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 19th
Walker Buehler received a no-decision on Saturday versus the Cubs, hurling seven scoreless frames while striking out six and allowing just two hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Blake Snell allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks across 3 1/3 innings during a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
Walker Buehler improved to 7-1 on Sunday versus the Giants, tossing seven shutout innings while striking out nine.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
 Blake Snell pitched six innings of one-run ball giving up five hits and walking one while striking out seven batters in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
Walker Buehler picked up the win on Monday versus Arizona, striking out 11 over eight innings of one-run ball.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Blake Snell (3-5) took the loss Tuesday versus the Tigers by allowing six runs on seven hits across 4 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 5th
Walker Buehler received a no-decision on Wednesday versus the Mets, giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 30th
Notes 
 Snell may have posted the single greatest second half of any pitcher in the last 50 years with a 1.17 ERA, .155 BAA and 12.7 K/9. There is a chance he finishes as the #1 fantasy pitcher this season, but both Scherzer and Sale are safer bets because of their sustained reliability
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
After tearing through the minors, Buehler pitcher pretty well for the Dodgers in the first half. Then a flip switched and he proceeded to become one of the top pitchers in baseball over the second half, posting a 2.03 ERA with 92 Ks and just a .165 BA allowed in 80 innings. Draft him accordingly
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Snell experienced a massive breakout in 2018, establishing himself as a bonafide fantasy ace. It's fairly obvious that his 1.89 ERA is due for some regression, but the question is how much. He cut his walk rate, but it is still a bit higher than most of the top-tier starters, and his .241 BABIP allowed and 88 percent left-on-base percentage are highly unlikely to happen again. Pitching in the AL East also remain a tough assignment, although at least his home park is pitcher-friendly. Snell may see his ERA and WHIP rise to over 3.00 and 1.15, respectively, but he can still be a legit number one starter in 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
An easy Rookie of the Year pick any other year, Buehler boasted a 2.62 ERA, 152 strikeouts, and a 50.0% ground-ball rate in 137.1 spectacular frames for the Dodgers. That's not including a dominant World Series gem. The hype is thus growing exponentially, so much so that he's going around the same area as Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, and Noah Syndergaard. Such a steep price is a tough sell because the Dodgers -- who haven't let a single starter work 180 innings in the last three years -- will curate his workload with extreme caution. That's before considering arm discomfort that has made his Opening Day availability "a little far-fetched." Drafters are probably paying too much for 160 superb frames in 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Snell is going to regress. That's not necessarily a cause for panic, as his ERA could rise a full run and remain a resounding 2.89. His control (9.1 BB%) is lacking for a top-tier ace, but Tampa Bay's southpaw also permitted the lowest contact rate (66.6%) of all qualified starters while sporting the fourth-best swinging-strike rate (15.1%). He could approach 240-250 strikeouts with an innings uptick, so don't flea as long as his price factors in some regression.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Buehler lived up to the hype and more in his first extended stint in the Big Leagues, posting a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9 rate across 137 1/3 innings. His peripherals suggest his ERA is due to rise into the low-3.00s, but make no mistake, he is the real deal. The bigger question is how many innings the Dodgers will let him throw this season. Last season's total represented a big jump, and the Dodgers are notorious for rotating six or seven starters in and out of their rotation, so it is best to expect Buehler to throw around 150 innings and take anything beyond that as a bonus.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros