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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Shane Bieber (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Expert
Recommendation
87%
Recommended by
45 of 52 experts
13%
Recommended by
7 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 7
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 20# 39
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 25
Best Rank# 13# 21
Worst Rank# 19# 30
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8880
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.273.65
WHIP1.011.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 9
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 8
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 12
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 9
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 8
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 4# 39
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 8
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 6
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 8
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 2# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 8
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 10
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 4# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 11
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 6
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 6
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 4# 11
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 9
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 6
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 3# 7
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 6
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 8
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 8
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 4# 8
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 11
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 6
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 3# 8
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 6# 7
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 6# 5
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 7# 5
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 6
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 9
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 19# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 5
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3434
   
Games Started3433
   
Innings Pitched223.1214.1
   
Wins2115
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138185
   
Earned Runs6578
   
Home Runs Allowed3631
   
Strikeouts300259
   
Walks4240
   
ERA2.623.28
   
WHIP0.811.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched68.972.4
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5368
   
Earned Runs2529
   
Home Runs Allowed1110
   
Strikeouts8880
   
Walks1615
   
ERA3.273.65
   
WHIP1.011.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
News 
 Justin Verlander has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, retroactive July 25th.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Jul 27th
Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber pitched well in a 4-2 win over the Reds on Tuesday. He allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out eight and walking two.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 4th
 Updating a previous report, Justin Verlander (forearm) will be shut down for a couple of weeks, and has not been ruled out for the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Jul 26th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber was excellent in a 2-0 win over the Twins on Thursday. Bieber spun eight scoreless innings while striking out 13. He allowed just three hits in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Jul 31st
 Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the reigning American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is out for the season with an elbow injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 26th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber was excellent in a 2-0 Opening Day win over the Royals on Friday. Bieber pitched six shutout innings, striking out 14, in his first career Opening Day start.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jul 25th
 Justin Verlander picked up the win on Opening Night against the Mariners, striking out seven while allowing two runs over six solid frames.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 25th
Indians pitching coach Carl Willis praised Shane Bieber for his first summer workout this weekend.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 6th
 Justin Verlander has been named the Astros' Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 15th
Shane Bieber will remain the Indians' Opening Day starter on July 24th.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 3rd
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
Bieber may not be the most polarizing player in drafts this year, but it's hard to argue that he isn't the most polarizing pitcher. For every positive (peripherals were in line with his surface stats), that are concerns (he gets hit HARD). If you're a Bieber truther (Belieber, I guess), it's good value for him here as the ace of your staff. But if you have any pause about him at all, you should fade him and go with a safer option.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Entering his age-37 season. Appears good to go following spring groin injury
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Bieber was simply fantastic in 2019 and gave you everything you want from a stud pitcher. He was second in the league innings, had a 3.28 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and was top-10 in strikeout and walk rates. He gave up his fair share of home runs but, overall, there are next to no complaint about Bieber. Draft him with confidence as a low-end ace.
Dan Harris - 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
Figured out how to pitch to lefties last year. If that holds he'll once again be elite due to his exceptional command
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 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