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
53%
Recommended by
31 of 59 experts
47%
Recommended by
28 of 59 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
   
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 7
   
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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
   
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FantasyPros
# 5# 6
   
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Razzball
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
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FanGraphs
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RotoBaller
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FanGraphs
# 5# 9
   
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# 5# 6
   
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RotoBaller
# 7# 8
   
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Fantrax
# 5# 7
   
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# 5# 11
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 9
   
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
   
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The Athletic
# 6# 4
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 6# 5
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 7# 6
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 7# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 4
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 7# 5
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 5
   
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Freeze Stats
# 7# 6
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 7# 5
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 8# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
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# 8# 7
   
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Beast Dome
# 8# 5
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 8# 7
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 9# 6
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 9# 4
   
Site Projections
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# 9# 4
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 9# 4
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 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 (18-5) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out 10 though eight innings in the Astros 3-2 win over the Rangers. He picked up his 18th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 19th
An MRI revealed Corey Kluber is dealing with an internal oblique strain.
Brad Camara
Tue, Aug 20th
 Gerrit Cole (17-5) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out 11 through eight scoreless innings in Friday's 4-1 win over the Royals. He earned his 17th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
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
 Gerrit Cole (16-5) allowed one run on one hit with no walks while striking out 15 in Sunday's 21-1 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 16th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 9th
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
 Gerrit Cole allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 14 through six innings in Monday's 3-2 win over the Brewers. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 3rd
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
 Gerrit Cole allowed four runs on six hits while striking out 14 through six 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 29th
Corey Kluber (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 28th
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