Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Justin Verlander (2017)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
48 of 49 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 49 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 12
Best Rank# 2# 7
Worst Rank# 12# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 20# 40
Best Rank# 18# 31
Worst Rank# 21# 46
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts226205
Wins1614
Saves00
ERA3.413.49
WHIP1.131.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert
   
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Brandon Funston
Fantasy Spin
# 5# 19
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 15
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 9
   
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# 4# 14
   
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# 4# 8
   
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# 5# 11
   
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# 3# 11
   
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# 9# 12
   
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# 12# 10
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2016 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3234
   
Games Started3234
   
Innings Pitched227228
   
Wins1716
   
Losses109
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed190171
   
Earned Runs8477
   
Home Runs Allowed2730
   
Strikeouts233254
   
Walks Issued4557
   
ERA3.343.04
   
WHIP1.041.00
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2017 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3131
   
Innings Pitched211201
   
Wins1614
   
Losses99
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed192175
   
Earned Runs8078
   
Home Runs Allowed2424
   
Strikeouts226205
   
Walks Issued4654
   
ERA3.413.49
   
WHIP1.131.14
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Chris Sale will remain with Boston in 2018 after the club exercised its $12.5 million option Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Nov 2nd
Justin Verlander took the loss in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, allowing two runs on three hits in six innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Nov 1st
 Chris Sale allowed two runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday afternoon.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Oct 10th
Justin Verlander received a no-decision on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series, allowing three runs on two hits over six innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Oct 26th
 Chris Sale took the loss on Thursday afternoon in Houston, allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Oct 5th
Justin Verlander fired seven shutout innings in Game 6 of the ALCS versus the Yankees on Friday night. He struck out eight, walked one, and allowed five hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Oct 21st
 Chris Sale will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday against the Astros, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Oct 4th
Justin Verlander allowed just one run on five hits over nine dominant frames in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday versus the Yankees, striking out 13 and walking one en route to a 2-1 Astros win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Oct 15th
 Chris Sale (17-7) shut the Orioles out over eight innings Wednesday, striking out 13 while allowing just four hits and no walks in a 9-0 victory.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 21st
Justin Verlander allowed one run on one hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief on Monday, walking two and striking out zero as the Astros advanced to the ALCS with a 5-4 win over the Red Sox.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Oct 10th
Notes 
 Only Scherzer and Kershaw have more strikeouts over the past 5 seasons than Sale - allowed 43 HRs at US Cellular Field compared to just 20 on the road over the past 3 seasons, so move to Boston shouldn't hurt him
Brandon Funston - Fantasy Spin
Despite being 33 years old last season, Verlander was every bit as good as his 'prime years', striking out 10 batters per nine innings while leading the league in WHIP with over 225 innings. There is no reason to expect the workhorse to see much regression, as he has prove he can handle the load.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 2016 was another dominant year for Boston's new ace, but even more concerning than the tough new division and ballpark is that Sale took a significant step backwards in his K-rate and overall metrics. That doesn't just mean less K's and likely ERA, wins, it means an elevated injury risk.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros