Who Should I Draft?

Brad Hand or Zack Wheeler (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 28# 27
Best Rank# 13# 10
Worst Rank# 92# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 85# 81
Best Rank# 83# 72
Worst Rank# 96# 99
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts16994
Wins114
Saves035
ERA3.593.07
WHIP1.241.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-DTD
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 13# 23
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 26
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 17# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 29# 30
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 25# 36
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 29
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 26# 28
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 21# 34
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 23# 31
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 23# 26
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 26# 32
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 21# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 21# 29
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 25
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 29
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 18# 30
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 16# 31
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 25# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 34
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 18# 30
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 22# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 21# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 28# 33
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 23# 32
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 28# 30
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 31# 32
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 28# 30
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 30
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 33# 38
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 33# 34
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 32# 36
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 39# 10
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 92# 16
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 51# 18
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 27# 21
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 32# 23
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 39# 24
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 26# 24
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 58# 24
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 43# 25
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 33# 26
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 29# 26
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 32# 27
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 29# 27
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 28
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 31# 28
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 38# 29
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 46# 30
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 46# 30
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 51# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 34
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 35# 34
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 38# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 47# 38
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 49# 41
   
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2969
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched182.272.0
   
Wins122
   
Losses75
   
Saves032
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds010
   
Hits Allowed15052
   
Earned Runs6722
   
Home Runs Allowed148
   
Strikeouts179106
   
Walks5528
   
ERA3.312.75
   
WHIP1.121.11
   
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2969
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched172.469.9
   
Wins114
   
Losses93
   
Saves035
   
Blown Saves09
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed15554
   
Earned Runs6924
   
Home Runs Allowed188
   
Strikeouts16994
   
Walks5825
   
ERA3.593.07
   
WHIP1.241.13
   
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
News 
 Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on six hits and no walks while striking out nine over seven innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 16th
Cleveland Indians left-hander Brad Hand was sent back to Cleveland on Wednesday for an MRI. Adam Cimber picked up the save against the Angels in Hand's absence.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
 Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks. The win brings him to 11-7 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 11th
Cleveland Indians left-hander Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Sunday. He struck out one and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 9th
 Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in Wednesday's win over the Nationals. The win brings him to 10-7 on the year.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 5th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand gave up two runs in the ninth inning of an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. He got just one out in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
 Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 31st
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand threw a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 2-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Hand struck out one in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 29th
 Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three over six innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Saturday.
Mike Maher
Sun, Aug 25th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth in a 4-2 win over the Royals on Saturday. Hand struck out one and allowed one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 25th
Notes 
 Wheeler has had struggles staying on the field but even if we can get 120 innings of the way he pitched to close the season, he would prove well worth a mid-round pick's investment. He may be the breakout ace that no one in the industry seems to be talking about this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Wheeler posted a mid-3.00s ERA for the third time in four years in 2018, proving that his rough 2017 season was the true outlier. His .279 BABIP allowed was somewhat fortunate, but he also significantly trimmed his walk rate, providing confidence that he can maintain some of the gain he made in WHIP last year. He doesn't strike out enough hitters to have ace potential, but fantasy owners can feel pretty good about Wheeler as their third starter in 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Written off after an ineffective 2017 (5.21 ERA) following two season lost to Tommy John surgery, Wheeler unlocked his ace potential late last season. He was nearly as good as Jacob deGrom after the All-Star break, boasting a 1.68 ERA and 20.4 K-BB% in 11 starts. He went at least seven innings in nine of them and averaged 6.3 innings per start on the season. Fueled by a stellar heater, no qualified starter acquiesced a lower hard-hit rate (26.6%), and just two (deGrom and Max Scherzer) generated more soft contact. Another 180 innings, which is far from a given, is all Wheeler needs to give the Mets and fantasy investors another ace.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros