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
56 of 59 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 59 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-IL10
   
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
DailyOverlay
# 4# 7
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 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
   
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
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 9
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 4# 11
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 5# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 7
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 6
   
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 (18-6) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Athletics. He was charged with his sixth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
Blake Snell (elbow) is scheduled to return on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 13th
 Justin Verlander (18-5) allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven through seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 18th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 8th
Blake Snell (elbow) is joining the Rays in California for their upcoming series against the Angels and Dodgers, MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 13th
 Justin Verlander (17-5) threw his third-career no hitter, pitching a shutout with one walk and 14 strikeouts in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. He earned his 17th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 2nd
Blake Snell is scheduled to throw two innings (or 30 pitches) for Triple-A Durham on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 10th
 Justin Verlander (16-5) allowed four hits and no walks while striking out four through five 1/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 15-1 win over the Rays. He picked up his 16th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 28th
Blake Snell (elbow) will make a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Durham, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 6th
 Justin Verlander (15-5) allowed two runs on two hits while striking out 11 in a complete game in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers. He took his fifth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 22nd
Blake Snell (elbow) is set to play catch Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Mon, Aug 12th
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