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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Stephen Strasburg (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
46 of 52 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 8
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 20# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 23
Best Rank# 13# 21
Worst Rank# 19# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8880
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.273.62
WHIP1.011.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 6
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 11
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 5
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 4# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 11
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 2# 15
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 10
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 8
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 11
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 4# 9
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 6# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 8
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 6
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 4# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 3# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 8
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 9
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 15
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 4# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 7
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 3# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 6# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 8
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 7# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 6
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 5
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 6
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 19# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 7
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3433
   
Games Started3433
   
Innings Pitched223.1209.2
   
Wins2118
   
Losses66
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138161
   
Earned Runs6577
   
Home Runs Allowed3624
   
Strikeouts300251
   
Walks4256
   
ERA2.623.32
   
WHIP0.811.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched68.970.2
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5362
   
Earned Runs2528
   
Home Runs Allowed119
   
Strikeouts8880
   
Walks1620
   
ERA3.273.62
   
WHIP1.011.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
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
Stephen Strasburg (hand) was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday but will now throw a simulated game instead.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
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
Stephen Strasburg (hand) is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
 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
Stephen Strasburg (hand) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 2nd
 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
Stephen Strasburg (hand) threw all of his pitches in a flat-ground session on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 30th
 Justin Verlander has been named the Astros' Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 15th
Stephen Strasburg will miss a second consecutive start on Thursday. Erick Fedde will start in his place. Strasburg threw from 75-80 feet on Wednesday. If he feels good, he may throw a side session in a couple days, per manager Dave Martinez.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Wed, Jul 29th
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
I can't fully trust Strasburg to stay healthy and the Nat's have babied his inning totals his entire career. The ability is elite, the production and my ranking is slightly dinged by his lack of durability.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Entering his age-37 season. Appears good to go following spring groin injury
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
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
Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
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
A candidate to be over drafted coming off career-year and playoff heroics
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros