Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Justin Verlander (2017)

 
Experts' Pick
 
 
Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - DET
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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Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 19
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 15
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 9
   
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Sports Illustrated
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USA Today
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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 - DET
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 - DET
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 - DET
Justin Verlander
News 
 Chris Sale allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out 10 over seven innings in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Athletics.
John Aubin
Sat, May 20th
Justin Verlander allowed three runs on four hits across seven innings in Detroit's 9-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Waleed Hawatky - Power Moves
Mon, May 22nd
 Chris Sale (4-2) allowed three earned runs on two hits and walk in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay. He struck out 12.
John Aubin
Sun, May 14th
Justin Verlander allowed four runs on five hits over six-plus innings in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Angels.
Waleed Hawatky - Power Moves
Mon, May 15th
 Chris Sale racked up 10 strikeouts while allowing four runs on four hits and three walks over six innings against the Twins on Sunday to pick up his third victory of the season.
John Aubin
Sun, May 7th
Justin Verlander notched a quality start on Tuesday night. Verlander threw six innings, allowing three earned runs. He struck-out seven, allowed seven hits, and issued three walks.
Rich Pallarino
Wed, May 10th
 Chris Sale was dominant again Tuesday, striking out 11 batters while giving up two runs over eight innings in a 5-2 victory over the Orioles.
John Aubin
Wed, May 3rd
Justin Verlander scattered seven hits over six innings allowing three earned runs while striking out seven in a victory Tuesday at Arizona.
Waleed Hawatky - Power Moves
Wed, May 10th
 Chris Sale allowed three runs, two of which were earned, over eight innings while striking out 10 in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Apr 28th
Justin Verlander (2-2) won on Tuesday against Cleveland, going seven innings while allowing two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out five. 68 of his 118 pitches went for strikes.
Daniel Knese
Wed, May 3rd
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 - Yahoo
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