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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Luis Castillo (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 10
Best Rank# 1# 7
Worst Rank# 20# 39
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 39
Best Rank# 14# 33
Worst Rank# 24# 58
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8875
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.243.90
WHIP1.011.23
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 11
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 39
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 9
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 24
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 11
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 13
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 13
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 9
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 11
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 10
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 18
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 12
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 12
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 6# 10
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 11
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 11
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 11
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 20
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 15
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 4# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 14
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 21
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 8
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 13
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 12
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 14
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 14
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 13
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 18
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 18
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 3# 14
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 3# 13
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 6# 12
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 10
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 8
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 11
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3432
   
Games Started3432
   
Innings Pitched223.1191.2
   
Wins2115
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138139
   
Earned Runs6573
   
Home Runs Allowed3622
   
Strikeouts300226
   
Walks4279
   
ERA2.623.45
   
WHIP0.811.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched69.067.6
   
Wins65
   
Losses34
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5359
   
Earned Runs2529
   
Home Runs Allowed119
   
Strikeouts8875
   
Walks1625
   
ERA3.243.90
   
WHIP1.011.23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
News 
 Justin Verlander didn't allow a run while pitching three innings during an intrasquad game on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 11th
 
 Justin Verlander (groin) posted an Instagram video of him throwing from a mound.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 15th
 
 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
 
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
Luis Castillo in 2020 is similar to Jose Berrios in 2019. He's ranked as if he took that next step into ace territory. The thought was off for Berrios, but it's spot-on for Castillo. While it's better to look at a full season's worth of stats compared to splitting it up to get a full view of the performance, it's the stretches of dominance that Castillo showed in his first 20 starts that has people so excited about him in 2020. With elite strikeout numbers and an improved GB rate, Castillo could give you a second top-10 pitcher on your staff if you take him here.
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
Regression just never really hit for Castillo last year, despite a walk rate of 10.1%, fourth-worst in the league among qualified pitchers. There's no doubting Castillo's stuff, particularly his devastating changeup, and the Reds should be more competitive than they have been in years. But he simply has to cut down on the free passes if he wants to build on his breakout 2019. There's every reason to think he will as he continue to grow as a pitcher, and should make a reliable second fantasy starter.
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