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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Framber Valdez (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
Expert
Recommendation
91%
Recommended by
39 of 43 experts
9%
Recommended by
4 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 45
Best Rank# 10# 34
Worst Rank# 72# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 96# 121
Best Rank# 68# 112
Worst Rank# 111# 136
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts163156
Wins1012
Saves00
ERA3.503.83
WHIP1.071.33
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 48
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 34
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 40# 42
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 39# 57
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 21# 46
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 36# 51
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 23# 43
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 29# 36
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 35# 44
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 46
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 44
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 14# 43
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 19# 44
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 44
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 44
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 15# 47
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 23# 47
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 30# 54
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 61
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 18# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 41# 44
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 40# 52
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 71
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 19# 56
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 27# 53
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 23# 46
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 20# 52
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 10# 54
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 44
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 45
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 30# 35
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 23# 60
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 21# 55
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 21# 47
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 30# 40
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 10# 48
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 39# 57
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 42
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 42
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 47# 40
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 49# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 51# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 72# 44
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
2021 Stats 
   
   
Games Played22
   
Games Started22
   
Innings Pitched135.3
   
Wins11
   
Losses6
   
Saves0
   
Blown Saves0
   
Holds0
   
Hits Allowed110
   
Earned Runs47
   
Home Runs Allowed12
   
Strikeouts125
   
Walks58
   
ERA3.14
   
WHIP1.25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
2022 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2428
   
Games Started2428
   
Innings Pitched144.9165.9
   
Wins1012
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed116154
   
Earned Runs5671
   
Home Runs Allowed2517
   
Strikeouts163156
   
Walks3867
   
ERA3.503.83
   
WHIP1.071.33
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Framber Valdez
SP - HOU
Framber Valdez
News 
 Justin Verlander improved to 5-1 on the season, tossing five scoreless innings against the Nationals.
Kendall Capps
Mon, May 16th
Astros starter Framber Valdez was on his game Friday at Washington. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six.
Kendall Capps
Sat, May 14th
 Justin Verlander almost tossed the fourth no-hitter of his career Tuesday against the Twins. He entered the 8th inning with the no-no in tact, before Gio Urshela broke it up with one out. He pitched eight solid innings, picking up his fourth win.
Kendall Capps
Wed, May 11th
Houston Astros Pitcher Framber Valdez pitched 6.0 innings, striking out five batters, allowing four hits and one run during a 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
Kyle Williams - Dog Day Sports
Tue, Apr 26th
 Justin Verlander was very sharp again Wednesday, beating the Seattle Mariners 7-2. The Astros veteran fired 6 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs. He allowed five hits but did not walk a batter, while striking out three.
Kendall Capps
Thu, May 5th
Framber Valdez struggled in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Angels, surrendering six runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out three over 4 1/3 innings.
Nate Miller
Wed, Apr 20th
 Justin Verlander picked up the win Thursday, pitching seven innings, allowing four hits while striking out right and walking zero in a 3-2 Astros victory over the Rangers.
Luke Monaldo
Fri, Apr 29th
Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez lasted just three innings Wednesday, walking five batters while also striking out three and allowing one run on two hits in the Astros' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Chris Schommer
Wed, Apr 13th
 Justin Verlander worked six innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blue jays, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five.
Nate Miller
Fri, Apr 22nd
Framber Valdez was solid on the mound for the Astros Thursday night, striking out six while also walking one and allowing two hits in 6.2 innings pitched, picking up the victory, 3-1 over the Angels.
Chris Schommer
Fri, Apr 8th
Notes 
 So far so good for Verlander, who has pitched just six innings over his last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. His spring has gone as expected thus far, and he's on track for the start of the season, though he might miss the first turn as the Astros play it safe. Verlander is now 39 years old and has a ton of miles on his arm, and it's difficult to know exactly how his stuff will play after two years of not pitching competitively. But the bottom line is that the last fantasy managers saw of Verlander, he was as dominant as he has ever been, so there shouldn't be too many doubts about his performance. Given his age and his injury, it's likely the Astros will look to limit Verlander's innings a bit, but so long as he has no setbacks during the spring, draft him with confidence this year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Valdez fractured his ring finger just before the start of the season and although there were rumors he could miss the entire season, he wound up making 22 starts and throwing 134 2/3 innings. He lost some of the gains he had made with his control, but he induced ground balls at a 70.3% clip, an absurd rate. Valdez has one great pitch - his curveball - and his value is highly dependent on the quality of his defense. So the chances of him taking a great leap are minimal. But what he provides is plenty good enough to be a mid-tier starter for your fantasy team.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros