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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Justin Verlander (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
51 of 52 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 4
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 15
Best Rank# 5# 13
Worst Rank# 6# 19
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10388
Wins66
Saves00
ERA3.143.27
WHIP1.051.01
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 3
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 7
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 1# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 12
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 3
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 19
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 8
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1# 4
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 4
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 7
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 2
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 1# 3
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 3
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 4
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 7
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 4
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 4
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 3
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 6
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 4
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 1# 3
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 3
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 4
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 4
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 3
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 1# 4
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 5
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 1# 3
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 6
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 5
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 1
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3334
   
Games Started3334
   
Innings Pitched212.2223.1
   
Wins2021
   
Losses56
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142138
   
Earned Runs5965
   
Home Runs Allowed2936
   
Strikeouts326300
   
Walks4842
   
ERA2.502.62
   
WHIP0.890.81
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched75.968.9
   
Wins66
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5853
   
Earned Runs2725
   
Home Runs Allowed1011
   
Strikeouts10388
   
Walks2116
   
ERA3.143.27
   
WHIP1.051.01
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Gerrit Cole (2-0) earned the win against Baltimore on Wednesday, completing 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
John Aubin
Thu, Jul 30th
Justin Verlander has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, retroactive July 25th.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Jul 27th
 Gerrit Cole will start for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Orioles.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 28th
Updating a previous report, Justin Verlander (forearm) will be shut down for a couple of weeks, and has not been ruled out for the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Jul 26th
 Gerrit Cole earned the win in Thursday's rain-shortened contest against Washington, pitching five innings and allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out five.
John Aubin
Fri, Jul 24th
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the reigning American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is out for the season with an elbow injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 26th
 Gerritt Cole tossed 5 2/3 innings in an intrasquad game Friday, unofficially allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven, per Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record.
John Aubin
Sat, Jul 18th
Justin Verlander picked up the win on Opening Night against the Mariners, striking out seven while allowing two runs over six solid frames.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 25th
 Gerrit Cole did not give up any runs on four hits and one walk while striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's intrasquad game, James Smyth of YES Network reports.
John Aubin
Sun, Jul 12th
Justin Verlander has been named the Astros' Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 15th
Notes 
 You could argue that Cole should be higher, and there's no real argument against it. With a pitcher signing a new contract, coming off a career year, in a loaded division, in a hitter-friendly stadium, there's reason enough to have some pause on him.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Verlander is one of the players who benefit most from a delayed season, as he was dealing with injuries that would have shelved him the first couple months of the season. He showed no sign of slowing down last year, but the age and Spring Training injuries should give you some pause. Drafting Verlander is all about your comfort with taking on injury risks and age.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Entering his age-37 season. Appears good to go following spring groin injury
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 I believe that pitching has become thin enough that elite SP are worth reaching for, something I didn't agree with in previous years. 20 Wins and 225K's seem like a lock in 2020. That makes Cole my 2020 #1 SP and a Top 10 selection .
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Verlander had groin surgery which will sideline him for several weeks. But given the postponement of the season, it seems unlikely to threaten Verlander's availability for Opening Day, whenever that may be. Although surgery is never a good sign, in the end, it's better for Verlander that he could get this out of the way now rather than have it linger. For now, keep him high on your draft boards.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
A Top 15 pick that I has to drop due to his Spring Training injury. It adds enough risk to go in another direction. You can't miss in the early rounds and while it appears he will be fine and back relatively early in the season, let someone else make that assumption that turns out to be wrong. If he falls into the mid-20's or later, then he becomes a bargain.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData