Who Should I Draft?

James Paxton or Zack Greinke (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
44 of 59 experts
25%
Recommended by
15 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 14# 18
Best Rank# 11# 11
Worst Rank# 31# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 56
Best Rank# 47# 52
Worst Rank# 55# 65
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts196185
Wins1313
Saves00
ERA3.463.68
WHIP1.141.18
   
Misc 
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 23
   
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# 15# 29
   
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# 15# 20
   
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# 16# 17
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 19
   
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USA Today
# 15# 18
   
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Razzball
# 18# 23
   
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# 15# 22
   
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# 15# 17
   
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The Athletic
# 12# 29
   
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The Athletic
# 11# 32
   
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CBS Sports
# 13# 16
   
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# 15# 22
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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# 19# 23
   
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# 13# 19
   
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# 14# 12
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
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# 19# 17
   
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# 22# 13
   
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Beast Dome
# 24# 13
   
Pierre Camus
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Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 14
   
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Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 11
   
  James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2833
   
Games Started2833
   
Innings Pitched160.1208.1
   
Wins1115
   
Losses611
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed134181
   
Earned Runs6774
   
Home Runs Allowed2328
   
Strikeouts208199
   
Walks4243
   
ERA3.763.21
   
WHIP1.101.08
   
  James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2831
   
Games Started2831
   
Innings Pitched166.2194.9
   
Wins1313
   
Losses711
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed144182
   
Earned Runs6480
   
Home Runs Allowed2125
   
Strikeouts196185
   
Walks4548
   
ERA3.463.68
   
WHIP1.141.18
   
  James Paxton
SP - NYY
James Paxton
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
News 
 An MRI on James Paxton's left glute revealed nerve irritation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 28th
Zack Greinke (18-5) allowed two hits and one walk while striking out nine through 8 1/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 18th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 26th
 James Paxton was removed from Friday‚Äôs start versus the Rangers with a tight left glute.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
Zack Greinke (17-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and zero walks while striking out four through five innings in Friday's 6-4 win over the Angels. He earned his 17th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 21st
 James Paxton struck out seven and allowed one run (none earned) on three hits and zero walks across six innings while earning a victory in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 22nd
Zack Greinke (16-5) allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven through six innings in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Royals. He picked up his 16th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 15th
 James Paxton allowed one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts across five innings while earning a win against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 15th
Zack Greinke (15-5) allowed two hits and no walks while striking out five through six scoreless innings in Monday's 15-0 win over the Athletics. He picked up his 15th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 10th
 James Paxton gave up four hits and three walks while striking out seven through 6 2/3 scoreless innings to take the win over the Red Sox on Monday.
John Aubin
Tue, Sep 10th
Zack Greinke (14-5) allowed four runs on eight hits and zero walks while striking out four through six innings in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers. He was saddled with his fifth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 4th
Notes 
 Paxton has posted back-to-back seasons with an excellent strikeout rate and WHIP, but his ERA grew by nearly a run last year thanks to a spike in his home run rate. Under normal circumstances that could be chalked up to an outlier season, but Paxton is moving to a much more homer-friendly home park this season so it is possible the long ball issue could linger. Last season's 160 1/3 innings also represented a career-high for Paxton, who is not exactly known for his durability. Expect him to be quite good when he's on the mound, but don't expect more than about 150 innings and an ERA in the mid-3.00s.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Greinke's age is now 35 and he did have a rough season three years ago, but besides then, he has been phenomenal since 2009. Expect plenty more of the same in 2019 with excellent ratios, about 15 wins and around 200 strikeouts. This makes him a top 20 starting pitcher for 2019 fantasy leagues
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Paxton has posted the fifth-best K% (30.4) and FIP (2.95) among all starters with at least 200 IP in the past two seasons. Yet last season's 160.1 IP comfortably set a personal high. He holds a career 3.87 ERA away from Safeco Field, so pitching in Yankee Stadium could offset the potential wins boost. Know your league before deciding whether to sacrifice quantity for quantity from a top-20 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Greinke is not an elite strikeout pitcher, but he is a workhorse with pinpoint control who has produced an ERA of 3.21 or better and WHIP of 1.15 or better in five of the last six seasons. There is real value in that consistency. He's an ideal second starter in standard mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Paxton was excellent last year with a whopping 208 Ks in just 160 innings, but this is also the first time he ever pitched above 140 innings. While the ceiling is clearly exciting with Paxton, re-injury is a significant risk, but he is moving from one of the best pitching parks in Seattle to one of the worst at Yankee Stadium.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Greinke has posted superbly similar ERAs (3.20, 3.21) and WHIP (1.07, 1.08) in the last two years, but the heavily used 35-year-old comes with some warning signs. His average fastball velocity slipped to 89.6 mph, leading to a .361 wOBA against the pitch. He also benefited from his lowest BABIP (.272) and highest strand rate (80.2) since 2015's 1.66 ERA. A cerebral pitcher with elite control, Greinke should avoid bottoming out entirely. Yet the risk is there. He's someone to draft as a steady SP2 rather than a staff anchor.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros