Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or J.A. Happ (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
J.A. Happ
SP - NYY
J.A. Happ
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
38 of 56 experts
32%
Recommended by
18 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 52
Best Rank# 26# 27
Worst Rank# 87# 111
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 131
Best Rank# 106# 118
Worst Rank# 142# 139
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts87168
Wins313
Saves290
ERA3.163.85
WHIP1.211.23
   
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# 41# 58
   
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  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
J.A. Happ
SP - NYY
J.A. Happ
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5931
   
Games Started031
   
Innings Pitched58.1178.1
   
Wins217
   
Losses36
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds150
   
Hits Allowed24150
   
Earned Runs1072
   
Home Runs Allowed127
   
Strikeouts85193
   
Walks2551
   
ERA1.563.65
   
WHIP0.851.13
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
J.A. Happ
SP - NYY
J.A. Happ
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6229
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched62.8167.6
   
Wins313
   
Losses38
   
Saves290
   
Blown Saves100
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed42153
   
Earned Runs2272
   
Home Runs Allowed624
   
Strikeouts87168
   
Walks3452
   
ERA3.163.85
   
WHIP1.211.23
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
J.A. Happ
SP - NYY
J.A. Happ
News 
 Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday night that Jose Leclerc is close to regaining the closer role.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 6th
J.A. Happ gave up eight runs on 11 hits with two walks and three strikeouts on Sunday as the Yankees lost to the Astros by a 9-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
J.A. Happ (7-3) allowed two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks across five innings while earning a victory against the Rays on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 19th
 Jose Leclerc left Monday's appearance versus Seattle with cramping in both of his calves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
J.A. Happ did not factor into the decision in Thursday's loss to the White Sox, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two through five innings.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 14th
 Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
J.A. Happ gave up just one run on four hits and struck out four batters in seven innings and earned a win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 7th
 Rangers manager Chris Woodward says Jose Leclerc will function as the team's "opener" on Friday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 16th
J.A. Happ (5-3) allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks across five innings to earn a victory against the Red Sox on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 1st
Notes 
 Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
The undervalued Happ massively out-performed his 2018 draft pick despite posting his highest ERA (3.65) since 2014. He now owns a 3.49 ERA and 8.45 K/9 over those past four seasons, and yet many drafters have scoffed at him going around the pick-150 range. Seems like a reasonable price for someone who accompanied his career-high 193 strikeouts with a career-high 10.3% swinging-strike rate and career-low 78.3% contact rate. He looked comfortable in pinstripes (2.69 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) and could once again reap the rewards of run support to a crooked wins tally. Don't run away just because the southpaw is 36.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 
 Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros