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
   
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Injury Alert
   
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  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 (10-3) allowed just a single run on four hits and two walks while striking out nine batters through 6 1/3 innings during Monday's win over the Twins.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 27th
Justin Verlander (5-4) came away with the win on Tuesday against the Royals, tossing seven innings and allowing three runs on nine hits, a walk, and six strikeouts. he threw 81 of his 111 pitches for strikes.
Daniel Knese
Tue, Jun 27th
 Chris Sale (9-3) tossed 8 1/3 innings Tuesday night against the Royals, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out 10 batters to pick up the win.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 21st
Justin Verlander threw 5.1 IP of a perfect game before falling apart in the sixth inning Wednesday in Seattle. He finished his night with 5.2 IP, four hits, three runs, one walk, and 11 strikeouts. He threw 110 pitches with 75 going for strikes.
Daniel Knese
Thu, Jun 22nd
 Chris Sale (8-3) allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out 10 batters during Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 16th
Justin Verlander came away with a no-decision on Thursday, throwing seven innings of two-run ball. He allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out six.
Daniel Knese
Thu, Jun 15th
 Chris Sale improved to 8-2 on the season after allowing three earned runs, nine hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a win Saturday against the Tigers.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 11th
Justin Verlander allowed three runs over five innings on Saturday against the Red Sox. He gave up five hits and walked four, while striking out three. He did not factor into the decision.
Dan Harris
Sun, Jun 11th
 Chris Sale allowed three earned runs over six innings in a win over the Orioles on Sunday. Sale finished with nine strikeouts and issued just one walk while moving to 7-2 on the season.
John Aubin
Mon, Jun 5th
Justin Verlander is expected to make his next start after an exam on his injured groin showed no structural damage.
Blaine Blontz
Tue, Jun 6th
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 - Independent
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