Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Corey Kluber (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 6
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 6# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 11# 24
Best Rank# 7# 17
Worst Rank# 14# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts251221
Wins1616
Saves00
ERA2.673.18
WHIP0.971.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 3# 4
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 7
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 3# 6
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 2# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 3# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 11
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 2# 5
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 6
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 1# 8
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 5
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 1# 7
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 2# 4
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 4# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 5
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 6# 17
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 2# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 4
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 2# 10
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 2# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 6
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 3# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 4# 7
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 4
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 2# 5
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 3# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 7
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 2# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 4# 9
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 5
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 6
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 3# 5
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 2# 4
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 2# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 3# 7
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 1# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 5
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 2# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 7
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 5# 3
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2733
   
Games Started2733
   
Innings Pitched158.2215.2
   
Wins1220
   
Losses47
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed102179
   
Earned Runs3769
   
Home Runs Allowed1125
   
Strikeouts237222
   
Walks3434
   
ERA2.112.89
   
WHIP0.860.99
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3031
   
Games Started3032
   
Innings Pitched186.9206.1
   
Wins1616
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140178
   
Earned Runs5573
   
Home Runs Allowed1924
   
Strikeouts251221
   
Walks4042
   
ERA2.673.18
   
WHIP0.971.07
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
News 
 Chris Sale gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 batters over six innings as the Red Sox beat the Orioles by a 7-2 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
The Indians have placed Corey Kluber (arm) on the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, May 3rd
 Chris Sale gave up one run (none earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 through seven innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Monday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
Indians starter Corey Kluber left Tuesday's start against the Miami Marlins after being hit in the right arm by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson. He left the game immediately, and The Athletic's Zack Meisel reports that Kluber has a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone.
Mike Maher
Wed, May 1st
 Chris Sale (2-7) gave up three hits while striking out 12 through nine scoreless innings to take the win over the Royals on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Jun 6th
Corey Kluber left Wednesday's start versus Miami after getting hit by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
 Chris Sale allowed four runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk across six innings while taking a loss against the Yankees on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 1st
Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber took a no-decision in a 6-3 win over the Astros on Friday. Kluber went five innings, allowing three runs and striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 27th
 Thursday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox was postponed due to rain; it will be made up Aug. 3.
James Bisson
Thu, May 30th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber pitched well in an 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday. Kluber struck out eight and allowed four runs in seven innings.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 20th
Notes 
 There are a handful of starting pitchers that stand out above the rest, but Sale and Scherzer may belong in a tier of their own at this point. Sale posted an unfathomable 0.861 WHIP last season and 13.5 K/9. As long as he returns to health, we could be looking at a 340 Ks
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Each of the past five years, Kluber has given fantasy owners 200 innings while compiling 1,228 strikeouts. In four of those five seasons, he has provided 18 or more wins. If you draft him in the second round, you can be certain to get a true ace
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 If there is one pitcher who can match Max Scherzer in terms of dominance, it's Sale, who is coming off a season in which he produced a 2.11 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 13.5 K/9 rate. But those numbers came in just 158 innings, as Sale spent some time on the DL due to shoulder inflammation. Durability concerns add a little bit of risk to Sale's profile, but his immense upsides means that he should still be the second pitcher off the board in fantasy drafts.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Fresh off a 2017 season where he was the number one fantasy pitcher in all the land (not just Cleveland), Kluber wasn't quite as dominant in 2018, but he still finished as the seventh-best starter in standard 5x5 leagues. Kluber's strikeout rate came back down to Earth a little bit, but his walk rate remained truly elite and he was able to deliver a second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP. The fact he's a workhorse also boosts his fantasy value -- Kluber has five straight seasons with 200+ innings, and has won at least 18 games in four of those seasons. He did lose a little velocity on his fastball, but there is no reason to overreact until we see it actually impact his results.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 If a shoulder injury hadn't limited him to 158 innings, Sale would be competing with Max Scherzer for the top SP slot. He led all starters (with at least 150 IP) in K-BB% (32.9) and FIP (1.98) while posting a 2.11 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. While he'll draw no sympathy from Jacob deGrom, a dozen wins in 27 starts is a bit underwhelming for a superstar pitching for the World Series champions. He had previously topped 200 innings in three straight seasons and is turning 30 around Opening Day, so he's not necessarily a significant injury risk compared to the typical starter. Sale is a stud worth selecting as a staff anchor to end the first or commence the second round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
There's great stability in drafting Kluber, who has averaged 218 innings and 245 strikeouts with a 2.85 ERA in the last five seasons. Such stability is highly desirable from a top-10 ace who will require premium draft capital. Before deeming him a lock, beware the diminished velocity and a sinker that continues to get pounded. It's still hard to see Kluber-who turns 33 in April-falling off a clip, so his floor is relatively high compared to other starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros