Who Should I Draft?

Brandon Morrow or Ross Stripling (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Brandon Morrow
RP - CHC
Brandon Morrow
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
45 of 56 experts
20%
Recommended by
11 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 77# 107
Best Rank# 35# 66
Worst Rank# 216# 218
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 192# 278
Best Rank# 184# 232
Worst Rank# 212# 305
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts11845
Wins82
Saves018
ERA3.553.28
WHIP1.201.22
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 57
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 60
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 58
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 63# 132
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 97# 100
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 72
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 82
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 60# 101
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 66# 90
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 76# 128
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 78# 138
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 53
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 62# 101
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 71# 96
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 59# 123
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 93# 184
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 111
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 64# 111
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 78# 122
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 69# 133
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 68# 110
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 59# 112
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 99# 105
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 216# 218
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 83# 92
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 59# 97
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 46# 87
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 57# 127
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 66# 118
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 45# 106
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 79# 154
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 66# 121
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 61# 106
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 68# 125
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 50
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 60# 104
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 62# 143
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 75# 104
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 81# 84
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 41
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 65# 104
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 58# 150
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 35# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 56# 109
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 116# 66
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 99# 73
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 97# 76
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 105# 80
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 96# 80
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 84
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 90
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 90
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 101
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 112# 102
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 117
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Brandon Morrow
RP - CHC
Brandon Morrow
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3335
   
Games Started210
   
Innings Pitched122.231.1
   
Wins80
   
Losses60
   
Saves022
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds30
   
Hits Allowed12324
   
Earned Runs415
   
Home Runs Allowed182
   
Strikeouts13631
   
Walks229
   
ERA3.021.47
   
WHIP1.191.08
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Brandon Morrow
RP - CHC
Brandon Morrow
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3644
   
Games Started170
   
Innings Pitched116.344.4
   
Wins82
   
Losses62
   
Saves018
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds14
   
Hits Allowed11140
   
Earned Runs4616
   
Home Runs Allowed155
   
Strikeouts11845
   
Walks2814
   
ERA3.553.28
   
WHIP1.201.22
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Brandon Morrow
RP - CHC
Brandon Morrow
News 
 Ross Stripling received a no-decision on Thursday versus the Cubs, throwing 4 2/3 shutout innings while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 25th
Brandon Morrow received an injection in his elbow and won't throw for 2-3 weeks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 30th
 Ross Stripling lasted just 4 2/3 innings on Friday versus the Brewers, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 20th
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says the team is going to "slow things down" with Brandon Morrow after he felt elbow discomfort in a recent throwing session.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 20th
 Ross Stripling picked up the win on Sunday versus Milwaukee, throwing eight innings of one-run ball as the Dodgers went on to win 7-1.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Apr 14th
Brandon Morrow (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Mar 21st
 Ross Stripling allowed four runs on four hits in five innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals, striking out seven and walking three in the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 9th
Brandon Morrow (elbow) is scheduled for his first bullpen session on March 25.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Mar 5th
 Ross Stripling took a no-decision on Wednesday versus the Giants, allowing three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 4th
Brandon Morrow (elbow) has been permitted to build up his throwing distance to 90 feet on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Feb 13th
Notes 
 Let's not forget how awesome Stripling was to start the season. He posted a 2.39 ERA with an MLB-high 11.38 BB/K ratio before the All-Star break. Despite finishing with a 3.02 ERA, he underperformed a .266 xwOBA that finished ninth among all starters. A potential top-25 starter if provided a secure job, he's instead a dicey top-50 choice with the Dodgers likely to give Kenta Maeda the fifth spot after Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. He'll earn some starts eventually, potentially to start the season if Kershaw (shoulder inflammation) and/or Buehler (arm) aren't ready, but Stripling may not significantly exceed last year's 122 innings. The skills make him worth a plunge at the right spot, especially with injuries already beginning to pile up for the NL champs.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Morrow is working his way back from an elbow injury that should cost him the first month of the season. He was very good last season and will earn $9 million this year, so it's certainly possible he regains the closer job even if Pedro Strop is handling it well in his absence. He's a smart DL stash.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Stripling had a big breakthrough in 2018, as exemplified by his terrific 6.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He made 21 starts and also pitched out of the bullpen, excelling in both roles. Stripling isn't guaranteed a rotation spot on Opening Day, but with the way the Dodgers handle their injury-prone starters, he's likely to make quite a few starts when it is all said and done. He should also be useful in long relief in formats where non-closing relievers have value.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
It sounds as though Morrow is going to miss the start of the season. That could very well turn into multiple months as we've seen with "minor" pitching injuries many times before. It is a dangerous game to draft based on injury optimism, even if the closer does have considerable upside.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Stripling may have faded toward the end of the season, but his start to the season was so absurd that he still managed to finish top five in xFIP among all starting pitchers with at least 120 innings. Stripling is like Mike Clevinger this time last year in that his dominant sample size is large enough to assume he can be a top 30 starting pitcher with a full season worth of work.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros