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
56 of 56 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 56 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 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 5# 10
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 10
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 8
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 7# 10
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 4# 10
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 5# 9
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 11
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 8
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 7
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 12
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 9
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 7# 8
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 9
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 4# 11
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 10# 11
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 4# 8
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 5# 11
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 6# 10
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 10
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 7
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 9# 15
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 4# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 8
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 8
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 4# 7
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 8
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 4# 10
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 8
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 10
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 6# 9
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 9
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 10
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 4# 11
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 4# 11
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 11
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 8
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 3# 10
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 10
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 4# 9
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 12
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 7
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 10
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 2# 10
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 3# 11
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 4# 8
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 9
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 5# 14
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 7
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 7# 11
   
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 allowed three runs on four hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts through seven innings on Wednesday against the Brewers.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 13th
The Indians have placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day injured list with a blood condition.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco struggled in a 10-4 loss to the White Sox on Thursday. Carrasco allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, May 31st
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco struggled in his team's 6-2 loss to the Rays on Saturday. Carrasco allowed six runs (five earned) in 6 1/3 innings of work while striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, May 26th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco worked hard to get through five innings in a 6-4 loss to Oakland on Monday. Carrasco threw 100 pitches and allowed three runs while striking out four.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, May 21st
 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
Carlos Carrasco's next start is being pushed back to Monday due to Adam Plutko starting on Saturday. He'll face Oakland on Monday.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, May 16th
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