Who Should I Draft?

Chris Archer or Jose Leclerc (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
31 of 56 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 43# 47
Best Rank# 13# 26
Worst Rank# 78# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 124# 118
Best Rank# 96# 106
Worst Rank# 128# 142
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts19887
Wins113
Saves029
ERA3.773.16
WHIP1.261.21
   
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  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2759
   
Games Started270
   
Innings Pitched148.158.1
   
Wins62
   
Losses83
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds015
   
Hits Allowed15524
   
Earned Runs7110
   
Home Runs Allowed191
   
Strikeouts16285
   
Walks4925
   
ERA4.311.56
   
WHIP1.380.85
   
  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3162
   
Games Started310
   
Innings Pitched179.762.8
   
Wins113
   
Losses103
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves010
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed16942
   
Earned Runs7522
   
Home Runs Allowed226
   
Strikeouts19887
   
Walks5834
   
ERA3.773.16
   
WHIP1.261.21
   
  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
News 
 Chris Archer allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Marlins on Sunday. He walked three and struck out eight in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday night that Jose Leclerc is close to regaining the closer role.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 6th
 Chris Archer allowed seven runs on six hits over six innings in the Pirates' 7-5 loss to the Braves on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out eight while falling to 3-6.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 12th
Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
 Chris Archer allowed one run on six hits over six innings in the Pirates' 6-1 win over the Braves on Thursday. He walked two and struck out six while improving to 3-5.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
Jose Leclerc left Monday's appearance versus Seattle with cramping in both of his calves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
 Chris Archer allowed four runs on five hits over seven innings in the Pirates' 9-4 win over the Brewers on Friday. He walked two and struck out seven while improving to 2-5.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 1st
Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
 Chris Archer allowed four runs on six hits over five innings in the Pirates' 11-7 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. He walked six and struck out three while falling to 1-5.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
Rangers manager Chris Woodward says Jose Leclerc will function as the team's "opener" on Friday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 16th
Notes 
 Archer has proven to be a pitcher who consistently posts a higher ERA than his advanced metrics suggest he deserves. At this point, we should no longer be expecting that to suddenly change. Until we see otherwise, expect Archer to post an ERA around 4.00, a WHIP in the 1.20s, and a fairly strong strikeout rate.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, well, look at all those strikeouts. Fool me three times … but his FIP is still lower. Even though he missed over a month with an abdominal strain last year, Archer has amassed the sixth-most strikeouts (644) over the last three seasons. He has collected a 3.64 FIP and 3.54 SIERA during that span. His ERA also ballooned above 4.00 each year. How many times can we keep putting our hand on the hot stove? Archer's fastball has ceded a slugging percentage above .500 in each campaign, so he wields no other effective pitch beyond his slider. He's an elite source of strikeouts, but don't expect a positive ERA contribution.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
  Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros