Who Should I Draft?

Carlos Carrasco or Walker Buehler (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
52 of 59 experts
12%
Recommended by
7 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 9# 12
Best Rank# 7# 4
Worst Rank# 15# 39
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 36# 40
Best Rank# 33# 35
Worst Rank# 40# 44
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts215180
Wins1512
Saves00
ERA3.313.18
WHIP1.121.14
   
Misc 
   
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 14
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 11
   
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# 10# 12
   
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DailyOverlay
# 10# 12
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 9# 14
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 14
   
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USA Today
# 8# 12
   
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# 7# 17
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 9# 12
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
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Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 11# 13
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 8# 12
   
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
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KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
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Mr. Cheatsheet
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The Athletic
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Fantasy Six Pack
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
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The Fake Baseball
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Sporfolio
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# 11# 17
   
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# 11# 12
   
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# 12# 18
   
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RotoBaller
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 15
   
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Razzball
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FantasyPros
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Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 12# 13
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
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Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 10# 12
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 10# 13
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 11# 15
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 14
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 8# 16
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 10# 13
   
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Fantrax
# 9# 12
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 8# 12
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 12
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 11# 19
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 8# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 9
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 10# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 11# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 12# 10
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 14# 11
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 15# 10
   
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3224
   
Games Started3023
   
Innings Pitched192.0137.2
   
Wins178
   
Losses105
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed17395
   
Earned Runs7240
   
Home Runs Allowed2112
   
Strikeouts231151
   
Walks4337
   
ERA3.382.62
   
WHIP1.130.96
   
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3028
   
Games Started3028
   
Innings Pitched189.4162.2
   
Wins1512
   
Losses87
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed168133
   
Earned Runs7057
   
Home Runs Allowed2217
   
Strikeouts215180
   
Walks4452
   
ERA3.313.18
   
WHIP1.121.14
   
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
News 
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco struggled in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. Carrasco gave up four runs in one inning of relief in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 4th
Walker Buehler improved to 13-3 on Tuesday versus the Orioles, striking out 11 while spinning seven scoreless innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco gave up one run in one inning in an 8-2 loss to the Rays on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 1st
Walker Buehler earned the win despite a shaky outing on Monday versus Colorado, giving up six runs on eight hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 3rd
 The Indians activated Carlos Carrasco from the 60-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
Walker Buehler earned the win on Tuesday in San Diego, striking out 11 while tossing six scoreless frames.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 28th
 Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with leukemia.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 6th
Walker Buehler received a no-decision on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays, tossing seven scoreless innings while striking out eight.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 22nd
 The Indians have placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day injured list with a blood condition.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Walker Buehler took the loss on Thursday in Miami, allowing five runs on five hits over four innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 16th
Notes 
 Although Cleveland doesn't pay him like it, Carrasco has been a true ace for five straight years, posting a sparkling 3.27 ERA with 193 Ks per season in that time. There is more upside with a pitcher like Syndergaard or Strasburg, but Carrasco's floor makes him one of the top 15 pitchers in this year's fantasy drafts
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
 While he is not quite as dominant as the top-tier fantasy aces, Carrasco has been consistently excellent over the last five seasons in Cleveland, churning out a low-3.00s ERA and 1.10-ish WHIP, while striking out well more than a batter per inning. And although he has had health concerns at times, Carrasco has been something of a workhorse of late, tossing at least 192 innings and collecting at least 17 wins each of the last two seasons. Carrasco's terrific year-to-year consistency makes him a prudent choice once the top-six aces are off the board.
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
 To little fanfare, Carrasco has finally morphed into the ace everyone has chased for years. Dealing with durability problems throughout his career, Cleveland's overlooked stud has posted ERAs of 3.29 and 3.38 in 200 and 192 innings, respectively, over the last two years. Each time he notched a K/9 above 10.0 and BB/9 slightly above 2.00. He ranked inside the top 10 in FIP (2.98), swinging-strike rate (15.2%), and contact rate (69.2%) among qualified starters in 2018, but isn't always getting drafted like a top-10 ace. He's a great affordable anchor to target in the fourth round.
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