Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Carlos Carrasco (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
59 of 59 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 9
Best Rank# 2# 7
Worst Rank# 10# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 21# 36
Best Rank# 17# 33
Worst Rank# 23# 40
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts243215
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA3.133.31
WHIP1.041.12
   
Misc 
   
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The Athletic
# 5# 10
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 10
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 8
   
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# 7# 10
   
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DailyOverlay
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The Athletic
# 5# 9
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 11
   
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USA Today
# 4# 8
   
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The Fake Baseball
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Brewer Rat
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
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Ariel Cohen
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Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 11
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3432
   
Games Started3430
   
Innings Pitched214.1192.0
   
Wins1617
   
Losses910
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed156173
   
Earned Runs6072
   
Home Runs Allowed2821
   
Strikeouts290231
   
Walks3743
   
ERA2.523.38
   
WHIP0.901.13
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3130
   
Games Started3230
   
Innings Pitched200.0189.4
   
Wins1615
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed158168
   
Earned Runs7070
   
Home Runs Allowed2622
   
Strikeouts243215
   
Walks5044
   
ERA3.133.31
   
WHIP1.041.12
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
News 
 Justin Verlander (19-6) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight through six scoreless innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. He earned his 19th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco got the final four outs on Friday to earn a save in a 5-2 win over the Phillies.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 21st
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco struggled in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. Carrasco gave up four runs in one inning of relief in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 4th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco gave up one run in one inning in an 8-2 loss to the Rays on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 1st
 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
The Indians activated Carlos Carrasco from the 60-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
 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
Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with leukemia.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 6th
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
Although Cleveland doesn't pay him like it, Carrasco has been a true ace for five straight years, posting a sparkling 3.27 ERA with 193 Ks per season in that time. There is more upside with a pitcher like Syndergaard or Strasburg, but Carrasco's floor makes him one of the top 15 pitchers in this year's fantasy drafts
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
While he is not quite as dominant as the top-tier fantasy aces, Carrasco has been consistently excellent over the last five seasons in Cleveland, churning out a low-3.00s ERA and 1.10-ish WHIP, while striking out well more than a batter per inning. And although he has had health concerns at times, Carrasco has been something of a workhorse of late, tossing at least 192 innings and collecting at least 17 wins each of the last two seasons. Carrasco's terrific year-to-year consistency makes him a prudent choice once the top-six aces are off the board.
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
To little fanfare, Carrasco has finally morphed into the ace everyone has chased for years. Dealing with durability problems throughout his career, Cleveland's overlooked stud has posted ERAs of 3.29 and 3.38 in 200 and 192 innings, respectively, over the last two years. Each time he notched a K/9 above 10.0 and BB/9 slightly above 2.00. He ranked inside the top 10 in FIP (2.98), swinging-strike rate (15.2%), and contact rate (69.2%) among qualified starters in 2018, but isn't always getting drafted like a top-10 ace. He's a great affordable anchor to target in the fourth round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros