Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Blake Snell (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
47 of 56 experts
16%
Recommended by
9 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 8
Best Rank# 4# 3
Worst Rank# 10# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 27# 28
Best Rank# 24# 27
Worst Rank# 28# 30
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts237216
Wins1514
Saves00
ERA3.313.15
WHIP1.131.18
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 6# 12
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 10
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 11
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 9
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 9# 12
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 8
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 10# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 10
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 5# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 8# 14
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 5# 9
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 8
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 5# 7
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 5# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 6# 9
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 9
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 6# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 7
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 5# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 9
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 8# 12
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 9# 16
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 6# 9
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 6# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 6# 8
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 7# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 6# 11
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 6# 7
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 5# 6
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 7# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 8
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 5# 10
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 6# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 5# 8
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 6# 9
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 6# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 8
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 5
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 5
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 7# 6
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 7# 3
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 8# 7
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 9# 5
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 9# 6
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 9# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 10# 7
   
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3231
   
Games Started3231
   
Innings Pitched200.2181.1
   
Wins1521
   
Losses55
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed143112
   
Earned Runs6438
   
Home Runs Allowed1916
   
Strikeouts276221
   
Walks6464
   
ERA2.881.89
   
WHIP1.030.97
   
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3232
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched196.9182.9
   
Wins1514
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed164145
   
Earned Runs7264
   
Home Runs Allowed2319
   
Strikeouts237216
   
Walks5972
   
ERA3.313.15
   
WHIP1.131.18
   
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
News 
 Gerrit Cole surrendered two runs on three hits, two walks, and 10 strikeouts through six innings on Friday against Toronto.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 15th
Blake Snell allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks across 3 1/3 innings during a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
 Gerrit Cole allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings against the Orioles Friday. He struck out 14.
Dan Harris
Mon, Jun 10th
Blake Snell pitched six innings of one-run ball giving up five hits and walking one while striking out seven batters in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
 Gerrit Cole allowed two runs on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts through six innings on Sunday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 3rd
Blake Snell (3-5) took the loss Tuesday versus the Tigers by allowing six runs on seven hits across 4 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 5th
 Gerrit Cole allowed two runs on three hits, one walk, and 12 strikeouts through six innings on Monday against the Cubs.
Kamran Hoda
Tue, May 28th
Blake Snell allowed two runs on six hits and two walks across six innings during Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Blue Jays. He struck out five but did not factor in the decision.
John Aubin
Thu, May 30th
 Gerrit Cole allowed six runs on seven hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts through five innings on Wednesday against the White Sox.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, May 22nd
Blake Snell gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.
John Aubin
Sat, May 25th
Notes 
 You can look at Cole's 3.50 second half ERA and assume he got worse over the season, but all the underlying numbers suggest he was actually better. Don't shy away from him because of a false fear of his risk. Rather, expect another 250+ strikeouts with plenty of wins and excellent ratios
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
 Cole was trending in a bad direction over his last couple years in Pittsburgh, but a move to Houston completely revived his career. As an Astro, Cole ditched an ineffective sinker and dramatically increased his spin rate on his fastball, and the result was a career-best 12.4 K/9 rate along with a shiny 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Cole doesn't have the extended track record of dominance that some of the other fantasy aces possess, but there is little reason to doubt that he can replicate his success in his second season in Houston.
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
 The Astros unlocked Cole's ace upside by tabling a middling sinker for more sliders and curveballs. He also revamped his fastball, which yielded a .268 wOBA after allowing a .334 wOBA in his last year with the Pirates. As a result, his strikeout and swinging-strike rates skyrocketed to 34.5 and 14.1%, respectively. His contact rate dropped eight points to 71.5, and he earned his 2.88 ERA with a 2.70 FIP and 2.91 SIERA. Trust the breakout and treat the strikeout artist on a title contender as a borderline top-five hurler alongside teammate Justin Verlander.
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