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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Bryce Harper (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
37 of 55 experts
33%
Recommended by
18 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 20
Best Rank# 7# 3
Worst Rank# 73# 37
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 22
Best Rank# 13# 15
Worst Rank# 19# 25
   
Projections 
   
Runs36
Home Runs1113
RBI38
Stolen Bases4
Batting Avg.267
Strikeouts8860
Wins6
Saves0
ERA3.27
WHIP1.01
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 13# 23
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 30
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 16# 33
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 11# 25
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 20# 26
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 7# 24
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 13# 23
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 37
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 18# 22
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 10# 20
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 14# 18
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 25
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 14# 23
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 19# 21
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 16# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 16# 17
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 13# 23
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 25# 30
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 18# 19
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 24
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 15# 22
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 15# 20
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 15# 25
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 17# 21
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 13# 21
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 16# 24
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 21
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 16# 25
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 9# 16
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 23
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 21
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 15# 22
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 15# 26
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 15# 19
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 22# 24
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 14# 23
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 15# 19
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 16# 15
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 16# 3
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 17
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 18# 15
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 18# 17
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 18
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 22# 11
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 23# 17
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 22
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 23
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 27# 11
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 30# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 32# 21
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 35# 12
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 44# 24
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 70# 16
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 73# 17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs98
   
Home Runs3635
   
RBI114
   
Stolen Bases15
   
Batting Avg.260
   
Strikeouts300178
   
Wins21
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.62
   
WHIP0.81
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs36
   
Home Runs1113
   
RBI38
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.267
   
Strikeouts8860
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.27
   
WHIP1.01
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
News 
 Justin Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Oct 1st
Phillies manager Joe Girardi confirmed Wednesday that Bryce Harper has been dealing with a back injury "off and on" for 4-5 weeks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 23rd
 Justin Verlander (forearm) will require Tommy John surgery.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
Bryce Harper (back) is starting Monday against the Nationals.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 21st
 Justin Verlander (forearm) threw about 75 pitches in a sim game on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 16th
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left Sunday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays with lower back stiffness, according to The Athletic's Meghan Montemurro.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 20th
 Justin Verlander (forearm) is expected to throw 3-4 innings in a simulated game on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 15th
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 4-for-6 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored, four RBI, and two walks across both games of Friday's doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 19th
 Astros manager Dusty Baker says Justin Verlander (forearm) could face hitters during his next throwing session.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 14th
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with two home runs and two walks in Thursday's loss to the New York Mets. The two homers give him 10 on the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 18th
Notes 
 Verlander is one of the players who benefit most from a delayed season, as he was dealing with injuries that would have shelved him the first couple months of the season. He showed no sign of slowing down last year, but the age and Spring Training injuries should give you some pause. Drafting Verlander is all about your comfort with taking on injury risks and age.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Harper is a lock for 30 home runs and double-digit steals. He hasn't been Mike Trout's equal, as many expected after the High School SI cover, but that doesn't mean he isn't an elite Fantasy player. His ADP doesn't reflect how high his floor is or the potential for a 40/20 season. 2020 is a big year for Harper in the Philly Band Box.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Entering his age-37 season. Appears good to go following spring groin injury
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
By this point, we all know the answer to the Mike Trout vs. Harper discussion, but that doesn't mean that Harper still isn't one hell of a player. Was he pressing early in Philadelphia with the pressure of a new contract in a new city? I think he was, as his second-half numbers show quite the turnaround, especially with his strikeout rate. His xBA and xwOBA also indicate that Harper underperformed last season. It should surprise no one if Harper were to contend for an MVP this season. He should be bumped up higher in OBP leagues.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Verlander had groin surgery which will sideline him for several weeks. But given the postponement of the season, it seems unlikely to threaten Verlander's availability for Opening Day, whenever that may be. Although surgery is never a good sign, in the end, it's better for Verlander that he could get this out of the way now rather than have it linger. For now, keep him high on your draft boards.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Not a big fan of Harper (He is overrated), but he does have some big time potential going into his second year in Philly. If he gets his average up to 280+ he should be a high end five category contributor.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 A Top 15 pick that I has to drop due to his Spring Training injury. It adds enough risk to go in another direction. You can't miss in the early rounds and while it appears he will be fine and back relatively early in the season, let someone else make that assumption that turns out to be wrong. If he falls into the mid-20's or later, then he becomes a bargain.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Lots of encouraging Statcast data suggesting he has room for growth in year two of Phillies tenure
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros