Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Corey Kluber (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
42 of 56 experts
25%
Recommended by
14 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 6
Best Rank# 2# 3
Worst Rank# 10# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 21# 24
Best Rank# 17# 17
Worst Rank# 23# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts243221
Wins1616
Saves00
ERA3.133.18
WHIP1.041.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 7
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 6
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 4# 8
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 4# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 5
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 9# 17
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 4# 7
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 10
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 4# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 6
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 4# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 6# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 4
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 4# 5
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 4# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 7
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 3# 9
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 6
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 4# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 6
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 2# 5
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 3# 4
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 4# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 7
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 5# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 5
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 7
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 4# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 4
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 5# 4
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 5# 4
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 5# 4
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 5
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 5
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 6# 5
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 4
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 7# 6
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 7# 6
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 7# 5
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 10# 5
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3433
   
Games Started3433
   
Innings Pitched214.1215.2
   
Wins1620
   
Losses97
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed156179
   
Earned Runs6069
   
Home Runs Allowed2825
   
Strikeouts290222
   
Walks3734
   
ERA2.522.89
   
WHIP0.900.99
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched200.0206.1
   
Wins1616
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed158178
   
Earned Runs7073
   
Home Runs Allowed2624
   
Strikeouts243221
   
Walks5042
   
ERA3.133.18
   
WHIP1.041.07
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
News 
 Justin Verlander allowed four runs on six hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts through seven innings on Tuesday against the Reds.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 19th
Corey Kluber (forearm) was moved to the 60-day injured list on Monday.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Jun 17th
 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 Corey Kluber (arm) on the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, May 3rd
 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
Indians starter Corey Kluber left Tuesday's start against the Miami Marlins after being hit in the right arm by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson. He left the game immediately, and The Athletic's Zack Meisel reports that Kluber has a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone.
Mike Maher
Wed, May 1st
 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
Corey Kluber left Wednesday's start versus Miami after getting hit by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
 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 Corey Kluber took a no-decision in a 6-3 win over the Astros on Friday. Kluber went five innings, allowing three runs and striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 27th
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
Each of the past five years, Kluber has given fantasy owners 200 innings while compiling 1,228 strikeouts. In four of those five seasons, he has provided 18 or more wins. If you draft him in the second round, you can be certain to get a true ace
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
Fresh off a 2017 season where he was the number one fantasy pitcher in all the land (not just Cleveland), Kluber wasn't quite as dominant in 2018, but he still finished as the seventh-best starter in standard 5x5 leagues. Kluber's strikeout rate came back down to Earth a little bit, but his walk rate remained truly elite and he was able to deliver a second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP. The fact he's a workhorse also boosts his fantasy value -- Kluber has five straight seasons with 200+ innings, and has won at least 18 games in four of those seasons. He did lose a little velocity on his fastball, but there is no reason to overreact until we see it actually impact his results.
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
There's great stability in drafting Kluber, who has averaged 218 innings and 245 strikeouts with a 2.85 ERA in the last five seasons. Such stability is highly desirable from a top-10 ace who will require premium draft capital. Before deeming him a lock, beware the diminished velocity and a sinker that continues to get pounded. It's still hard to see Kluber-who turns 33 in April-falling off a clip, so his floor is relatively high compared to other starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros