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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
100%
Recommended by
39 of 39 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 39 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 5
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 3# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 15
Best Rank# 4# 14
Worst Rank# 6# 25
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts265225
Wins1614
Saves00
ERA3.073.26
WHIP1.031.00
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 14
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 1# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 12
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 3
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 2
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 5
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 1# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 9
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 7
   
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Sporfolio
# 2# 4
   
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Athlon Sports
# 1# 3
   
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Pitcher List
# 1# 3
   
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RotoBaller
# 1# 3
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 14
   
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FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 14
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 6
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 3
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 1# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 5
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 1# 3
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 6
   
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 Played3127
   
Games Started3128
   
Innings Pitched194.7178.1
   
Wins1614
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed148137
   
Earned Runs6665
   
Home Runs Allowed2628
   
Strikeouts265225
   
Walks5341
   
ERA3.073.26
   
WHIP1.031.00
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Gerrit Cole gave up one run in 3 1/3 innings and struck out six versus the Blue Jays in Grapefruit League action on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Mar 10th
Justin Verlander (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 30th
 Gerrit Cole served up two homers in the first and two homers in the second to surrender six runs while getting six outs Thursday against the Tigers.
John Aubin
Fri, Mar 6th
Justin Verlander is slated to have surgery on his right groin today, and will miss approximately six weeks.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Mar 17th
 Gerrit Cole is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start on Monday versus the Pirates.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Feb 23rd
Justin Verlander (lat) said Monday “it would probably take a miracle” for him to be ready by Opening Day.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 9th
  Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a mild lat strain. He will be shut down for the immediate future and then reassessed.
Dan Harris
Mon, Mar 9th
  Justin Verlander exited Sunday’s league start against the Mets after two innings to “get some testing done.” It was discovered that Verlander has soreness in his right triceps, per Astros manager Dusty Baker.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 8th
Notes 
 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
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
 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
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
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