Who Should I Draft?

Jacob deGrom or Justin Verlander (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
52 of 56 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 4
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 7# 10
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 10# 21
Best Rank# 9# 17
Worst Rank# 13# 23
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts246243
Wins1516
Saves00
ERA2.733.13
WHIP1.051.04
   
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  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3234
   
Games Started3234
   
Innings Pitched217.1214.1
   
Wins1016
   
Losses99
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed152156
   
Earned Runs4160
   
Home Runs Allowed1028
   
Strikeouts269290
   
Walks4637
   
ERA1.702.52
   
WHIP0.910.90
   
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3132
   
Innings Pitched207.4200.0
   
Wins1516
   
Losses98
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed167158
   
Earned Runs6370
   
Home Runs Allowed1926
   
Strikeouts246243
   
Walks5250
   
ERA2.733.13
   
WHIP1.051.04
   
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 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
Justin Verlander allowed four runs on six hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts through seven innings on Tuesday against the Reds.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 19th
 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
Justin Verlander allowed three runs on four hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts through seven innings on Wednesday against the Brewers.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 13th
 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
Justin Verlander allowed three runs on five hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings on Thursday against Seattle.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 6th
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out just two over five innings in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.
Mike Maher
Tue, May 28th
Justin Verlander allowed one run on four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts through eight innings on Saturday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed one run on two hits and three walks over six innings while striking out eight in a no-decision against the Washington Nationals.
Mike Maher
Thu, May 23rd
Justin Verlander fell to 8-2 on Sunday versus Boston, giving up three runs on six hits over seven innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 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
Verlander may be turning 36 years old soon, but his velocity is still as impressive as ever and he 2018 was actually his best K% (34.8%, second best 28.1%) of his career while his BB% (4.4%) was his lowest. Don't avoid him because of his age. He is rocking better than ever before
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
Verlander has had a long and illustrious career, but he's actually been better than ever since he joined Houston late in the 2017 season. In particular, Verlander has experienced a major boost in his strikeout rate and a big drop in his walk rate since he became an Astro, to the point where he led the league with an absurd 7.84 K/BB ratio last season. If he can manage to perform that feat again, he could produce another season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP.
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
Pitchers aren't supposed to dominate like this in their mid-30s. In his age-35 campaign, Verlander defied the aging curve by posting a 2.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and MLB-high 34.8 K% in 214 innings. He has recorded a 2.97 ERA over the last three seasons, clearing 200 innings and strikeouts apiece each time. Including the playoffs, he has notched a 2.41 ERA since joining the Astros, so age is the only justification to avoid him as a top-five ace. Don't be afraid to grab him near the end-of-second, early-third round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros