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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Jack Flaherty (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
77%
Recommended by
33 of 43 experts
23%
Recommended by
10 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 6
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 20# 12
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 16# 24
Best Rank# 14# 20
Worst Rank# 24# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9078
Wins64
Saves00
ERA3.293.56
WHIP1.011.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 8
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 11
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 7
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 6
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 8
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 7
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 6# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 8
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 6
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 9
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 12
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 11
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 4# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 6
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 4
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 8
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 3# 9
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 7
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 6# 4
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 3
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 7
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 9# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 9# 7
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 8
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 3
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3433
   
Games Started3433
   
Innings Pitched223.1196.1
   
Wins2111
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138135
   
Earned Runs6560
   
Home Runs Allowed3625
   
Strikeouts300231
   
Walks4255
   
ERA2.622.75
   
WHIP0.810.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched70.268.0
   
Wins64
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5555
   
Earned Runs2627
   
Home Runs Allowed119
   
Strikeouts9078
   
Walks1622
   
ERA3.293.56
   
WHIP1.011.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Justin Verlander (groin) posted an Instagram video of him throwing from a mound.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 15th
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Jack Flaherty as the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 22nd
 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
 
 Justin Verlander (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 30th
 
 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
 
 Justin Verlander (lat) said Monday “it would probably take a miracle” for him to be ready by Opening Day.
Brad Camara
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
When Jacob deGrom posted his historic 2018 numbers en route to his Cy Young, we knew that there would be regression coming in 2019. Carrying over a 1.70 ERA, 1.94 average against, and a 0.91 WHIP wasn't sustainable, and we knew that. For his encore in 2019, he posted a 2.43 ERA, .205 average against, and a 0.97 WHIP. So when people mention that Flaherty's second half is the driving force around his price tag, they aren't wrong. His second half was historic - especially compared to his first half of 2019, where he struggled mightly. But even with regression to his second-half numbers - 0.91 ERA, .142 average against, and 0.71 WHIP - Flaherty has the pedigree, sample size, and stuff to be the ace for your team. Don't overthink it."
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
If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
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