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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 9
Best Rank# 1# 6
Worst Rank# 20# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 34
Best Rank# 14# 30
Worst Rank# 24# 48
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8867
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.243.57
WHIP1.011.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 12
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 20
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 12
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 12
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 10
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 15
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 15
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 15
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 9
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 11
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 6# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 12
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 15
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 10
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 14
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 4# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 15
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 12
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 13
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 13
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 12
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 20
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 7
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 11
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 3# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 3# 12
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 6# 11
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 14
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 10
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 10
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3429
   
Games Started3428
   
Innings Pitched223.1178.1
   
Wins2116
   
Losses65
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138145
   
Earned Runs6561
   
Home Runs Allowed3628
   
Strikeouts300189
   
Walks4241
   
ERA2.623.08
   
WHIP0.811.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched69.066.2
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5360
   
Earned Runs2526
   
Home Runs Allowed1110
   
Strikeouts8867
   
Walks1615
   
ERA3.243.57
   
WHIP1.011.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 Justin Verlander (groin) posted an Instagram video of him throwing from a mound.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 15th
Dave Roberts has confirmed that Clayton Kershaw will, again, be the Opening Day starter.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Wed, Jul 8th
 Justin Verlander has been rehabbing from his groin surgery, saying that his groin has felt strong while throwing. Additionally, his lat is almost fully healed, and he has been throwing long toss.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Apr 30th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, and Alex Wood have all thrown three-inning simulated games.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 4th
 Justin Verlander (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 30th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says he doesn't anticipate starters going beyond four innings their first time through the rotation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 25th
 Justin Verlander is slated to have surgery on his right groin today, and will miss approximately six weeks.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Mar 17th
Clayton Kershaw pitched four scoreless innings against the Tijuana Toros (a Mexican minor-league team) Monday, allowing three hits while striking out four.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Mar 10th
 Justin Verlander (lat) said Monday “it would probably take a miracle” for him to be ready by Opening Day.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 9th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Clayton Kershaw will be the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
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
Kershaw silenced the decline talks last year after he put up another good season with an improved SwStr%. In quality starts leagues, he was money for managers, as he consistently went six and seven innings in his starts. He's had to change who he is as a pitcher, as the velocity just isn't there, which gives him little margin for error. He's worth taking still, but he's more of an SP2 at this point.
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
Peak Kershaw may be gone, but the version that remains is pretty darn good himself. Kershaw passed 175 innings pitched for the first time since 2015 despite starting the season on the IL, and although his ERA crept above 3.00 for the first time since 2008, his overall numbers remain elite. With strong win potential always present, Kershaw is a fine second starter on your staff. But his days of carrying a fantasy team are behind him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 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