Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Justin Verlander (2018)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
45 of 45 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 45 experts
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ECR# 3# 10
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 5# 24
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 12# 34
Best Rank# 12# 30
Worst Rank# 16# 37
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts254216
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA3.103.53
WHIP1.041.16
   
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  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2017 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3233
   
Games Started3233
   
Innings Pitched214.1206
   
Wins1715
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed165170
   
Earned Runs6977
   
Home Runs Allowed2427
   
Strikeouts308219
   
Walks Issued4372
   
ERA2.903.36
   
WHIP0.971.17
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2018 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3131
   
Innings Pitched206.6200.5
   
Wins1615
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed171170
   
Earned Runs7179
   
Home Runs Allowed2427
   
Strikeouts254216
   
Walks Issued4363
   
ERA3.103.53
   
WHIP1.041.16
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Chris Sale allowed three earned runs, six hits, and a walk with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in a loss at Oakland on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 22nd
Justin Verlander allowed no runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five to pick up the win Friday over the White Sox.
Matthew Williams
Fri, Apr 20th
 Chris Sale gave up just one run in five innings while striking out eight in a 3-1 victory over the Orioles on Sunday.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 15th
Justin Verlander allowed only one hit, a solo home run, and a walk while striking out 11 in a no decision Sunday night vs. the Rangers.
Matthew Williams
Sun, Apr 15th
 Chris Sale gave up one earned run and eight hits over six innings to earn the win as the Red Sox pummeled the Yankees on Tuesday by a 14-1 score. Sale also did not walk a batter while striking out eight.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 11th
Justin Verlander allowed no earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven innings to get the win Monday night vs. the Twins.
Matthew Williams
Mon, Apr 9th
 Chris Sale pitched five innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits while striking out six Tuesday against the Marlins.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 4th
Justin Verlander allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night vs. the Orioles.
Matthew Williams
Wed, Apr 4th
 Chris Sale allowed just one hit while striking out nine over six scoreless innings in Thursday's Opening Day start, but settled for a no-decision.
John Aubin
Thu, Mar 29th
Justin Verlander struck out five over six scoreless innings while getting the win Thursday vs. the Rangers
Matthew Williams
Thu, Mar 29th
Notes 
 Three hundred and eight strikeouts. Does much more really need to be said? That's over 100 more than Kershaw! It also helps that his career ERA is below .300 and he should win 15+ games in front of a stacked Red Sox lineup.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Verlander topped 200 innings pitched in 2017 for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. Although he's developing a pattern of struggling in the first half before righting the ship, his numbers end up right where they need to be ay season's end. The trade to Houston, with its improved defense and playoff-caliber team, only seemed to revive Verlander, which bodes well for his near future. Although he has had an enormous workload in his career and the wheels could always come off at any moment, it's still hard to find many pitchers who you can feel comfortable with give you better all-around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Sale faded just a tad down the stretch to take his truly remarkable season down to just an outstanding one. Sale struck out an incredible 308 batters, kept his WHIP below 1.00, and won 17 games for the second straight year. Although Sale entered the league with injury concerns because of his slight frame and wild delivery, he has surpassed 200 innings pitched in four of the last five seasons, and is a true ace of a fantasy staff. Whether you draft him before Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer, or even Clayton Kershaw is simply a matter of personal preference at this point.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Verlander was sensational once he moved to Houston, but doing that over a full season at the age of 35 is another story. While is a clearly a top 10 fantasy pitcher in drafts, his ceiling seems to be last among the group.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros