Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Blake Snell (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
53 of 56 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 8
Best Rank# 2# 3
Worst Rank# 10# 16
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 21# 28
Best Rank# 17# 27
Worst Rank# 23# 30
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts243216
Wins1614
Saves00
ERA3.133.15
WHIP1.041.18
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 5# 12
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 10
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 7# 11
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 4# 7
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 5# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 9
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 12
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 8
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 7# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 10
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 4# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 10# 14
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 4# 9
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 5# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 8
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 4# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 9
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 9
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 9
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 4# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 4# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 9
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 6# 12
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 16
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 4# 9
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 4# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 8
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 9
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 11
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 3# 6
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 7
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 4# 5
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 8
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 2# 6
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 3# 10
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 4# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 8
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 5# 9
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 8
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 6# 3
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 7# 5
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 9# 7
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3431
   
Games Started3431
   
Innings Pitched214.1181.1
   
Wins1621
   
Losses95
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed156112
   
Earned Runs6038
   
Home Runs Allowed2816
   
Strikeouts290221
   
Walks3764
   
ERA2.521.89
   
WHIP0.900.97
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3132
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched200.0182.9
   
Wins1614
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed158145
   
Earned Runs7064
   
Home Runs Allowed2619
   
Strikeouts243216
   
Walks5072
   
ERA3.133.15
   
WHIP1.041.18
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Blake Snell
SP - TB
Blake Snell
News 
 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
Blake Snell allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks across 3 1/3 innings during a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Blake Snell pitched six innings of one-run ball giving up five hits and walking one while striking out seven batters in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
 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
Blake Snell (3-5) took the loss Tuesday versus the Tigers by allowing six runs on seven hits across 4 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 5th
 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
Blake Snell allowed two runs on six hits and two walks across six innings during Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Blue Jays. He struck out five but did not factor in the decision.
John Aubin
Thu, May 30th
 Justin Verlander allowed one run on one hit, one walk, and 12 strikeouts through eight innings on Tuesday against the White Sox.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, May 22nd
Blake Snell gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.
John Aubin
Sat, May 25th
Notes 
 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
Snell may have posted the single greatest second half of any pitcher in the last 50 years with a 1.17 ERA, .155 BAA and 12.7 K/9. There is a chance he finishes as the #1 fantasy pitcher this season, but both Scherzer and Sale are safer bets because of their sustained reliability
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Snell experienced a massive breakout in 2018, establishing himself as a bonafide fantasy ace. It's fairly obvious that his 1.89 ERA is due for some regression, but the question is how much. He cut his walk rate, but it is still a bit higher than most of the top-tier starters, and his .241 BABIP allowed and 88 percent left-on-base percentage are highly unlikely to happen again. Pitching in the AL East also remain a tough assignment, although at least his home park is pitcher-friendly. Snell may see his ERA and WHIP rise to over 3.00 and 1.15, respectively, but he can still be a legit number one starter in 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Snell is going to regress. That's not necessarily a cause for panic, as his ERA could rise a full run and remain a resounding 2.89. His control (9.1 BB%) is lacking for a top-tier ace, but Tampa Bay's southpaw also permitted the lowest contact rate (66.6%) of all qualified starters while sporting the fourth-best swinging-strike rate (15.1%). He could approach 240-250 strikeouts with an innings uptick, so don't flea as long as his price factors in some regression.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros