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
44 of 59 experts
25%
Recommended by
15 of 59 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
   
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
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 5# 7
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 7
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 11
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 9
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 5# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 5
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 7
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 4# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 4
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 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 (20-6) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five through five innings in Sunday's 13-5 win over the Angels. He earned his 20th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 22nd
An MRI revealed Corey Kluber is dealing with an internal oblique strain.
Brad Camara
Tue, Aug 20th
 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
Corey Kluber (forearm) was removed after the first inning of Sunday’s rehab start for Double-A Akron due to abdominal tightness.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 18th
 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 Corey Kluber (arm) looked good in his second rehab start at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. Kluber allowed one run in four innings while striking out six and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 13th
 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 Corey Kluber made his first rehab start on Thursday since fracturing the ulna bone in his right arm on May 1. Kluber went three innings and allowed two runs at Triple-A Columbus.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Aug 9th
 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
Corey Kluber (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 28th
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