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
40 of 56 experts
29%
Recommended by
16 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 55# 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 Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 61# 68
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 78
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 75
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 42# 60
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 58# 76
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 57# 75
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 47# 66
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 57# 80
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 76# 95
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 71# 78
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 57# 66
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 61# 67
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 60# 69
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 46# 60
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 50# 59
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 52# 101
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 44# 50
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 55# 65
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 66
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 44# 59
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 62# 66
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 71# 78
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 80
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 37# 66
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 49# 62
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 54# 65
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 47# 53
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 62# 70
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 55# 81
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 55# 68
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 62# 77
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 55# 56
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 63
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 94# 101
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 39# 63
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 50# 86
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 58
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 55# 59
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 60# 70
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 63# 95
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 47# 37
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 53# 48
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 61# 47
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 61# 59
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 63# 58
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 64# 55
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 65# 58
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 66# 50
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 66# 30
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 67# 55
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 71# 53
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 75# 63
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 78# 47
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 81# 78
   
Joe E Gentile
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 three runs on seven hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Mets on Sunday. He walked two and struck out five in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 23rd
Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Sunday versus Colorado, spinning seven innings of two-run ball while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Cole Hamels allowed one run on six hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 3-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out eight in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
Kenta Maeda fell to 7-4 on Monday versus the Giants, giving up two runs on three hits in five innings while striking out four.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
 Cole Hamels fired seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-3 in the Cubs'10-1 win over the Rockies' on Wednesday. He allowed six hits, one walk, and struck out nine.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 13th
Kenta Maeda fell to 7-3 on Tuesday versus the Angels, giving up five runs in three innings over just 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 Cole Hamels fired eight scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win in the Cubs' 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. He allowed three hits, one walk, and struck out ten.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Wednesday in Arizona, tossing five innings of one-run ball while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run on two hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. He walked two and struck out four while falling to 4-2.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
Kenta Maeda improved to 7-2 on Friday versus the Phillies, tossing six innings of two-run ball while allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 1st
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