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
56 of 59 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 59 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
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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# 1# 4
   
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# 2# 6
   
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# 2# 7
   
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# 2# 6
   
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# 2# 3
   
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The Athletic
# 3# 4
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 10
   
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USA Today
# 2# 7
   
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# 3# 4
   
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# 2# 11
   
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# 6# 5
   
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# 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 
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom tossed seven shutout innings in Wednesday's win over the Miami Marlins, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out seven. The win brings him to 11-8 on the year.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 26th
An MRI revealed Corey Kluber is dealing with an internal oblique strain.
Brad Camara
Tue, Aug 20th
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom tossed seven shutout innings in Friday's win over the Reds, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out nine.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 21st
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
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed one earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings in Monday's win over the Diamondbacks. The win brings him to 9-8 on the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
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
 Jake DeGrom allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six through seven innings in Tuesday’s 11-10 loss to the Nationals. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 4th
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
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed four earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. The loss drops him to 8-8 on the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Aug 29th
Corey Kluber (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 28th
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