Who Should I Draft?

Cole Hamels or Kenta Maeda (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
42 of 59 experts
29%
Recommended by
17 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 56# 58
Best Rank# 35# 30
Worst Rank# 102# 101
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 146# 175
Best Rank# 120# 154
Worst Rank# 148# 219
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts166149
Wins1110
Saves00
ERA3.823.67
WHIP1.271.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
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The Athletic
# 61# 68
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 78
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 75
   
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# 42# 60
   
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The Athletic
# 58# 76
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 57# 75
   
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USA Today
# 47# 66
   
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Razzball
# 57# 80
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 76# 95
   
Tim Young
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# 71# 78
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 57# 66
   
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Beast Dome
# 61# 67
   
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The Athletic
# 60# 69
   
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CBS Sports
# 46# 60
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
# 52# 101
   
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# 44# 50
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 55# 65
   
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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# 55# 56
   
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# 61# 63
   
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# 52# 73
   
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# 60# 70
   
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# 57# 79
   
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# 57# 69
   
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# 47# 37
   
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# 53# 48
   
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FantasyPros
# 61# 47
   
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CBS Sports
# 61# 59
   
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FanGraphs
# 63# 58
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 64# 55
   
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RotoBaller
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# 66# 50
   
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# 66# 30
   
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# 67# 55
   
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The Athletic
# 71# 53
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 73# 52
   
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# 75# 63
   
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# 78# 47
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 81# 78
   
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Fake Teams
# 99# 50
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 102# 64
   
  Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3239
   
Games Started3220
   
Innings Pitched191.2125.2
   
Wins98
   
Losses1210
   
Saves02
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds05
   
Hits Allowed176115
   
Earned Runs8053
   
Home Runs Allowed2913
   
Strikeouts188153
   
Walks6543
   
ERA3.783.81
   
WHIP1.261.26
   
  Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2929
   
Games Started2923
   
Innings Pitched173.7138.1
   
Wins1110
   
Losses97
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed159124
   
Earned Runs7456
   
Home Runs Allowed2117
   
Strikeouts166149
   
Walks6142
   
ERA3.823.67
   
WHIP1.271.21
   
  Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
News 
 Cole Hamels allowed two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four through 3.1 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Monday.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Wednesday in San Diego, allowing two runs on two hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 29th
 Cole Hamels (7-7) allowed one run on four hits and four walks while striking out six through four 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Padres. He took his seventh loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Friday night in Atlanta, giving up three runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 17th
 Cole Hamels (7-6) took the loss Friday against the Brewers, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
Kenta Maeda earned the win on Saturday versus the D'Backs, twirling seven scoreless innings and allowing just three hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 11th
 Cole Hamels (7-5) took the loss Saturday against the Brewers, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 31st
Kenta Maeda was charged for five runs on five hits over just 2 2/3 innings in Sunday's no-decision versus the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 5th
 Cole Hamels did not factor into the decision in Sunday's loss to the Giants, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk over five innings.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 25th
Kenta Maeda took the loss on Monday in Colorado, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits over four innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 30th
Notes 
 Hamels displayed all the signs of a pitcher in decline during his three seasons in Texas, but he rebounded nicely upon joining the Cubs at midseason last year. It's hard to know exactly what version of Hamels we'll get at this point, but being in the National League should help. It's not unreasonable to hope for a sub-4.00 ERA, a WHIP in the low 1.20s, and close to a strikeout per inning in 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Over his first three seasons with the Dodgers, Maeda has finished as the SP19, SP33, and SP49 in standard 5x5 rotisserie leagues, despite averaging just 145 innings pitched per season. He is a good bet to again produce an ERA around 3.80, WHIP around 1.20, and better than a strikeout per inning. While it would be unwise to expect more than around 130 innings from Maeda this season, given how the Dodgers have handled Maeda and the rest of their pitching staff over the last couple years, he's proven he can be a solid mixed league asset even with a limited workload. He's particularly valuable in shallower leagues (10/12 team leagues with short benches) and leagues with multiple DL spots, since there will be decent fill-ins available for the starts he misses in those formats.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Looking caput in Texas, a late trade to the Cubs sparked a revival for Hamels. The veteran southpaw sported a 2.36 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 76.1 innings (12 starts) with his new club. He repaired first-pitch strike (60.1%) and swinging-strike (12.1%) rates that had dipped to alarming levels (56.4%, 9.7%) in 2017, so the 35-year-old may have another strong season left in the tank. Having made at least 30 starts with 188 or more strikeouts in eight of the last nine seasons, Hamels is a more appealing mid-draft workhorse to target ahead of teammates Jose Quintana and Jake Arrieta.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Maeda recorded a 3.30 FIP and 27.7 K% as a starter before getting moved to the bullpen with a case of Dodgeritis. The Dodgers indicated that he will open with a rotation spot in lieu of Ross Stripling and Julio Urias, but he remains reasonably priced around the pick-200 range. That's a fair cost to pay for 130 innings with ample strikeouts and ratios close to his career 3.80 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Ride him out of the gate, but consider trading Maeda before another bullpen move if he starts strong.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros