Who Should I Draft?

Corey Kluber or Blake Snell (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
43 of 59 experts
27%
Recommended by
16 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 8
Best Rank# 3# 3
Worst Rank# 17# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 28
Best Rank# 17# 27
Worst Rank# 26# 30
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts221216
Wins1614
Saves00
ERA3.183.15
WHIP1.071.18
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 4# 12
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 7
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 10
   
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# 6# 11
   
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DailyOverlay
# 3# 7
   
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The Athletic
# 4# 7
   
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USA Today
# 7# 9
   
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# 4# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 5# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 10
   
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Beast Dome
# 5# 14
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 7# 9
   
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CBS Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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Mr. Cheatsheet
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
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The Fake Baseball
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Sporfolio
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Pitcher List
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
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FantasyPros
# 5# 7
   
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# 6# 7
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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FantasyPros
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FantasyPros
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# 5# 6
   
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# 4# 10
   
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# 4# 9
   
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# 5# 11
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 7# 9
   
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# 7# 8
   
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# 5# 8
   
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The Fantasy Fix
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CBS Sports
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Razzball
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Razzball
# 7# 5
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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The Athletic
# 8# 7
   
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The Athletic
# 9# 8
   
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FanGraphs
# 9# 6
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 9# 8
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 9# 6
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 10# 9
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 10# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 11# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 11# 8
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 17# 7
   
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3331
   
Games Started3331
   
Innings Pitched215.2181.1
   
Wins2021
   
Losses75
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed179112
   
Earned Runs6938
   
Home Runs Allowed2516
   
Strikeouts222221
   
Walks3464
   
ERA2.891.89
   
WHIP0.990.97
   
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3132
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched206.1182.9
   
Wins1614
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed178145
   
Earned Runs7364
   
Home Runs Allowed2419
   
Strikeouts221216
   
Walks4272
   
ERA3.183.15
   
WHIP1.071.18
   
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
News 
 An MRI revealed Corey Kluber is dealing with an internal oblique strain.
Brad Camara
Tue, Aug 20th
Blake Snell did not factor into the decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday, pitching two perfect innings and striking out four.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
 Corey Kluber (forearm) was removed after the first inning of Sunday’s rehab start for Double-A Akron due to abdominal tightness.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 18th
Blake Snell (elbow) is scheduled to return on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 13th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (arm) looked good in his second rehab start at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. Kluber allowed one run in four innings while striking out six and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 13th
Blake Snell (elbow) is joining the Rays in California for their upcoming series against the Angels and Dodgers, MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 13th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber made his first rehab start on Thursday since fracturing the ulna bone in his right arm on May 1. Kluber went three innings and allowed two runs at Triple-A Columbus.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Aug 9th
Blake Snell is scheduled to throw two innings (or 30 pitches) for Triple-A Durham on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 10th
 Corey Kluber (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 28th
Blake Snell (elbow) will make a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Durham, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 6th
Notes 
 Each of the past five years, Kluber has given fantasy owners 200 innings while compiling 1,228 strikeouts. In four of those five seasons, he has provided 18 or more wins. If you draft him in the second round, you can be certain to get a true ace
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Snell may have posted the single greatest second half of any pitcher in the last 50 years with a 1.17 ERA, .155 BAA and 12.7 K/9. There is a chance he finishes as the #1 fantasy pitcher this season, but both Scherzer and Sale are safer bets because of their sustained reliability
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Fresh off a 2017 season where he was the number one fantasy pitcher in all the land (not just Cleveland), Kluber wasn't quite as dominant in 2018, but he still finished as the seventh-best starter in standard 5x5 leagues. Kluber's strikeout rate came back down to Earth a little bit, but his walk rate remained truly elite and he was able to deliver a second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP. The fact he's a workhorse also boosts his fantasy value -- Kluber has five straight seasons with 200+ innings, and has won at least 18 games in four of those seasons. He did lose a little velocity on his fastball, but there is no reason to overreact until we see it actually impact his results.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Snell experienced a massive breakout in 2018, establishing himself as a bonafide fantasy ace. It's fairly obvious that his 1.89 ERA is due for some regression, but the question is how much. He cut his walk rate, but it is still a bit higher than most of the top-tier starters, and his .241 BABIP allowed and 88 percent left-on-base percentage are highly unlikely to happen again. Pitching in the AL East also remain a tough assignment, although at least his home park is pitcher-friendly. Snell may see his ERA and WHIP rise to over 3.00 and 1.15, respectively, but he can still be a legit number one starter in 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 There's great stability in drafting Kluber, who has averaged 218 innings and 245 strikeouts with a 2.85 ERA in the last five seasons. Such stability is highly desirable from a top-10 ace who will require premium draft capital. Before deeming him a lock, beware the diminished velocity and a sinker that continues to get pounded. It's still hard to see Kluber-who turns 33 in April-falling off a clip, so his floor is relatively high compared to other starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Snell is going to regress. That's not necessarily a cause for panic, as his ERA could rise a full run and remain a resounding 2.89. His control (9.1 BB%) is lacking for a top-tier ace, but Tampa Bay's southpaw also permitted the lowest contact rate (66.6%) of all qualified starters while sporting the fourth-best swinging-strike rate (15.1%). He could approach 240-250 strikeouts with an innings uptick, so don't flea as long as his price factors in some regression.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros