Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Corey Kluber (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Expert
Recommendation
52%
Recommended by
29 of 56 experts
48%
Recommended by
27 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 6
Best Rank# 4# 3
Worst Rank# 10# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 27# 24
Best Rank# 24# 17
Worst Rank# 28# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts237221
Wins1516
Saves00
ERA3.313.18
WHIP1.131.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 7
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 6
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 7
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 6
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 5# 8
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 5# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 7
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 5# 17
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 5# 7
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 6# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 6
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 5# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 6
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 6# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 6# 7
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 6# 7
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 5# 9
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 7# 8
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 5# 7
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 6# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 7
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 5# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 6# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 5
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 6# 5
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 6# 5
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 6# 5
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 6# 4
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 6# 5
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 6# 5
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 6
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 7# 4
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 7# 5
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 6
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 7# 5
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 8# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 8# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 8# 5
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 9# 6
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 9# 4
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 9# 4
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 9# 4
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 9# 3
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 10# 5
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 10# 5
   
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3233
   
Games Started3233
   
Innings Pitched200.2215.2
   
Wins1520
   
Losses57
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed143179
   
Earned Runs6469
   
Home Runs Allowed1925
   
Strikeouts276222
   
Walks6434
   
ERA2.882.89
   
WHIP1.030.99
   
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3231
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched196.9206.1
   
Wins1516
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed164178
   
Earned Runs7273
   
Home Runs Allowed2324
   
Strikeouts237221
   
Walks5942
   
ERA3.313.18
   
WHIP1.131.07
   
  Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
News 
 Gerrit Cole allowed one run on six hits and three walks over six innings against the Reds on Wednesday. He struck out eight and did not factor into the decision.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 20th
Corey Kluber (forearm) was moved to the 60-day injured list on Monday.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
The Indians have placed Corey Kluber (arm) on the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, May 3rd
 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
Indians starter Corey Kluber left Tuesday's start against the Miami Marlins after being hit in the right arm by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson. He left the game immediately, and The Athletic's Zack Meisel reports that Kluber has a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone.
Mike Maher
Wed, May 1st
 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
Corey Kluber left Wednesday's start versus Miami after getting hit by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber took a no-decision in a 6-3 win over the Astros on Friday. Kluber went five innings, allowing three runs and striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 27th
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
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
 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
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
 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
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