Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Justin Verlander (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
55 of 59 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 4
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 6# 10
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 11# 21
Best Rank# 7# 17
Worst Rank# 14# 23
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts251243
Wins1616
Saves00
ERA2.673.13
WHIP0.971.04
   
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Injury AlertIL60-
   
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  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2734
   
Games Started2734
   
Innings Pitched158.2214.1
   
Wins1216
   
Losses49
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed102156
   
Earned Runs3760
   
Home Runs Allowed1128
   
Strikeouts237290
   
Walks3437
   
ERA2.112.52
   
WHIP0.860.90
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3031
   
Games Started3032
   
Innings Pitched186.9200.0
   
Wins1616
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140158
   
Earned Runs5570
   
Home Runs Allowed1926
   
Strikeouts251243
   
Walks4050
   
ERA2.673.13
   
WHIP0.971.04
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Boston transferred Chris Sale (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 2nd
Justin Verlander (19-6) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight through six scoreless innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. He earned his 19th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
 On Monday, it was reported that Red Sox ace Chris Sale visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his ailing elbow and learned that, while he needed a PRP injection, he would not need Tommy John surgery. However, former MLB insider and former MLB general manager Jim Bowden believes that there is more to the story that the Red Sox are not sharing and is not 100% convinced that Tommy John surgery is completely off the table for Sale.
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 20th
Justin Verlander (18-6) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Athletics. He was charged with his sixth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
 Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is being shut down for the remainder of the regular season, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 19th
Justin Verlander (18-5) allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven through seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 18th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 8th
 Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that Red Sox ace Chris Sale does not need Tommy John surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
Justin Verlander (17-5) threw his third-career no hitter, pitching a shutout with one walk and 14 strikeouts in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. He earned his 17th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 2nd
 The Red Sox placed LHP Chris Sale on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to August 14.
John Aubin
Sat, Aug 17th
Justin Verlander (16-5) allowed four hits and no walks while striking out four through five 1/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 15-1 win over the Rays. He picked up his 16th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 28th
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
Verlander may be turning 36 years old soon, but his velocity is still as impressive as ever and he 2018 was actually his best K% (34.8%, second best 28.1%) of his career while his BB% (4.4%) was his lowest. Don't avoid him because of his age. He is rocking better than ever before
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
Verlander has had a long and illustrious career, but he's actually been better than ever since he joined Houston late in the 2017 season. In particular, Verlander has experienced a major boost in his strikeout rate and a big drop in his walk rate since he became an Astro, to the point where he led the league with an absurd 7.84 K/BB ratio last season. If he can manage to perform that feat again, he could produce another season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP.
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
Pitchers aren't supposed to dominate like this in their mid-30s. In his age-35 campaign, Verlander defied the aging curve by posting a 2.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and MLB-high 34.8 K% in 214 innings. He has recorded a 2.97 ERA over the last three seasons, clearing 200 innings and strikeouts apiece each time. Including the playoffs, he has notched a 2.41 ERA since joining the Astros, so age is the only justification to avoid him as a top-five ace. Don't be afraid to grab him near the end-of-second, early-third round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros