Who Should I Draft?

Jacob deGrom or Corey Kluber (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
53 of 56 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 6
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 7# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 10# 24
Best Rank# 9# 17
Worst Rank# 13# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts246221
Wins1516
Saves00
ERA2.733.18
WHIP1.051.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 1# 4
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 7
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 2# 6
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 2# 3
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 3# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 11
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 4# 5
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 6
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 3# 8
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 3# 7
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 3# 4
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 2# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 5
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 3# 17
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 3# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 4
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 10
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 3# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 6
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 2# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 7
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 5
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 3# 5
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 2# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 7
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 2# 9
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 5
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 2# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 6
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 4# 5
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 3# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 7
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 3# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 5
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 3# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 5# 4
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 6# 5
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 7# 4
   
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3233
   
Games Started3233
   
Innings Pitched217.1215.2
   
Wins1020
   
Losses97
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed152179
   
Earned Runs4169
   
Home Runs Allowed1025
   
Strikeouts269222
   
Walks4634
   
ERA1.702.89
   
WHIP0.910.99
   
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3132
   
Innings Pitched207.4206.1
   
Wins1516
   
Losses98
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed167178
   
Earned Runs6373
   
Home Runs Allowed1924
   
Strikeouts246221
   
Walks5242
   
ERA2.733.18
   
WHIP1.051.07
   
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
News 
 Jacob deGrom (4-6) allowed two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out nine over six innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Sunday.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Jun 24th
Corey Kluber (forearm) was moved to the 60-day injured list on Monday.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Jun 17th
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out 10 over 8 1/3 innings in a win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. The win brings him to 4-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 19th
The Indians have placed Corey Kluber (arm) on the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, May 3rd
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings in a no-decision against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The game was suspended in the ninth inning at 4-4 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 14th
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
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10 over six innings in a loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. The loss drops him to 3-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
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
 Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings before leaving the game with what is being called a hip cramp in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
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 
 deGrom was magical in 2018 and while there is a chance that continues into this season, we have to remember that the two prior seasons, he carried a 3.32 ERA with just 382 Ks and 22 wins. While that makes for a useful pitcher, the risk of him returning to that leaves him below Sale and Scherzer's tier
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
 DeGrom was already a high-end starter, but he took his performance to another level in 2019, boosting his strikeout rate to over 11 Ks per nine, cutting his walk rate to less than two BBs per nine, and posting a ridiculous 1.70 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. He only won 10 games, but still produced just as much fantasy value as Max Scherzer. DeGrom's strikeout rate, while excellent, isn't on the same level as Scherzer or Chris Sale, and his ERA and WHIP can't help but creep up a bit this year. Don't pay for last season's stats, but deGrom should still be one of the first four pitchers taken in fantasy drafts.
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
 Because of his suffering, deGrom might have killed the win for good. He became the first qualified starter since 2015 to post an ERA (1.70) or FIP (1.99) below 2.00 and the first since Clayton Kershaw in 2014 to do both. He recorded 28 quality starts in 32 turns, but only won 10 games because wins and the Mets are bad. He'd be destined for better fortune even if backed up by a Double-A lineup, but the Mets have added Robinson Cano, Jed Lowrie, and Wilson Ramos to a now quality lineup. He closed the season with 24 straight quality starts, offering at least six strikeouts each time. His ERA will rise above 2.00, maybe even 2.50, but deGrom is a legitimate top-three ace who should pair 250 strikeouts with elite ratios, and probably more wins.
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