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
64%
Recommended by
38 of 59 experts
36%
Recommended by
21 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 51
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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# 59# 74
   
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# 56# 57
   
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USA Today
# 41# 58
   
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# 40# 49
   
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# 43# 72
   
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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 
 Jose Leclerc allowed a walk through a scoreless inning in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rays to earn the save. He notched his 13th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
J.A. Happ (biceps) will make his next scheduled start Friday against the Blue Jays, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
 Jose Leclerc allowed a run on two hits and no walks while striking out two in Wednesday's 10-9 win over the Rays. He earned his 12th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
J.A. Happ (biceps) received a cortisone shot Friday and is expected to start Thursday against the Angels, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
 Jose Leclerc allowed one hit with a walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Friday's 7-6 win over the Orioles. He earned his 11th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
J.A. Happ is headed to New York to see a doctor about biceps tendinitis, which he's apparently been dealing with for his last few starts, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 12th
 Jose Leclerc allowed a hit and walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Orioles. He earned his 10th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
J.A Happ pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out seven as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 5-1.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Sep 7th
 Jose Leclerc (2-4) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one through an inning in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners. He was saddled with his fourth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 30th
J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings, while allowing only one hit and striking out five as the Yankees defeated the A’s 5-4.
Brandon Plutner
Sun, Sep 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