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
45 of 46 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 46 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 11
Best Rank# 2# 7
Worst Rank# 12# 26
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 20# 40
Best Rank# 17# 31
Worst Rank# 21# 46
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts226205
Wins1614
Saves00
ERA3.453.54
WHIP1.121.14
   
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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 Runs8179
   
Home Runs Allowed2424
   
Strikeouts226205
   
Walks Issued4654
   
ERA3.453.54
   
WHIP1.121.14
   
 
Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - DET
Justin Verlander
News 
 Chris Sale allowed two runs on four hits without a walk and struck out 10 over six innings Tuesday against the Yankees.
John Aubin
Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings against the Braves on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits. He struck out four while walking zero.
Daniel Knese
 Chris Sale had a tough night on Thursday, allowing seven hits and three runs over four sluggish innings in the Red Sox’s spring training win over the Pirates.
John Aubin
Justin Verlander went 4.1 IP on Monday against the Nationals, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk. He struck out four.
Daniel Knese
 Chris Sale threw 30 pitches in a live batting practice session, his first one as a member of the Red Sox, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. Sale impressed Boston manager John Farrell who noted the left-hander's ability to hit various parts of the strike zone.
John Aubin
Verlander was tagged for three earned runs over two innings of work against the Pirates. He gave up two home runs and walked two.
Jonathan Stiles
 The Boston Red Sox have traded Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and two other prospects to the White Sox for All-Star Chris Sale.
Israel Katz -
For the ninth time in his career, 2016 AL Cy Young runner up Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day. Verlander and the Tigers will take on the Chicago White Sox in Chicago to open the season on April 3rd. He had a 16-9 record and 3.04 ERA in 2016, leading the league with 254 stirkeouts.
Chris Zolli
 With Mark Melancon signing with the San Fransico Giants the Washington Nationals have set their focus on trading for all-star pitcher Chris Sale.
Israel Katz -
Justin Verlander allowed two runs on four hits in six innings, beating the Twins with his 11 strikeouts and two walks. Verlander is 1-1 in September with a 2.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, striking out 36 batters in 25 innings. He is 15-8 with a 3.21 ERA this season and will face the Indians in Detroit on September 27.
Chris Zolli
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