Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Trevor Bauer (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
58 of 59 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 10
Best Rank# 2# 1
Worst Rank# 10# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 21# 31
Best Rank# 17# 30
Worst Rank# 23# 46
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts243218
Wins1614
Saves00
ERA3.133.33
WHIP1.041.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 5# 15
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 15
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 9
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 7# 8
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 4# 8
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 5# 10
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 8
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 11
   
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RotoChamp
# 5# 11
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 7
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 7# 14
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 8
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 4# 9
   
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Beast Dome
# 10# 17
   
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The Athletic
# 4# 10
   
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
# 6# 11
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 11
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
# 9# 11
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 4# 10
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 11
   
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FantasyPros
# 4# 10
   
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Razzball
# 4# 11
   
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BretskyBall
# 5# 11
   
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The Athletic
# 4# 9
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 9
   
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The Athletic
# 4# 7
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 7
   
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Fake Teams
# 5# 7
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 6# 11
   
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# 3# 17
   
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# 4# 10
   
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
# 4# 5
   
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FantasyPros
# 4# 11
   
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FanGraphs
# 3# 7
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 8
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 9
   
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Razzball
# 4# 8
   
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FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
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RotoBaller
# 5# 10
   
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FantasyPros
# 3# 11
   
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Freeze Stats
# 4# 5
   
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Razzball
# 2# 8
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 3# 8
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 12
   
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SportsLine
# 4# 9
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 5# 11
   
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Fantrax
# 4# 11
   
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# 4# 9
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 11
   
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Fake Teams
# 5# 8
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 10
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 7# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 9
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 6# 1
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3428
   
Games Started3427
   
Innings Pitched214.1175.1
   
Wins1612
   
Losses96
   
Saves01
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed156134
   
Earned Runs6043
   
Home Runs Allowed289
   
Strikeouts290221
   
Walks3757
   
ERA2.522.21
   
WHIP0.901.09
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3230
   
Innings Pitched200.0187.0
   
Wins1614
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed158160
   
Earned Runs7069
   
Home Runs Allowed2619
   
Strikeouts243218
   
Walks5062
   
ERA3.133.33
   
WHIP1.041.19
   
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
News 
 Justin Verlander (19-6) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight through six scoreless innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. He earned his 19th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
Trevor Bauer (2-4) earned the win Sunday against the Diamondbacks, allowing one run on four hits and one walk over eight innings. He struck out nine.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 16th
 Justin Verlander (18-6) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Athletics. He was charged with his sixth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
Trevor Bauer did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Mariners, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out eight.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 11th
 Justin Verlander (18-5) allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven through seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 18th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 8th
Trevor Bauer did not factor into the decision in Wednesday's win over the Phillies, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
 Justin Verlander (17-5) threw his third-career no hitter, pitching a shutout with one walk and 14 strikeouts in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. He earned his 17th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 2nd
Trevor Bauer (10-12) took the loss in game one of Saturday's double header against the Cardinals, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out five.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 31st
 Justin Verlander (16-5) allowed four hits and no walks while striking out four through five 1/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 15-1 win over the Rays. He picked up his 16th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 28th
Trevor Bauer will not make his scheduled start Friday against the Cardinals due to inclement weather.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
Notes 
 Verlander may be turning 36 years old soon, but his velocity is still as impressive as ever and he 2018 was actually his best K% (34.8%, second best 28.1%) of his career while his BB% (4.4%) was his lowest. Don't avoid him because of his age. He is rocking better than ever before
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Prior to an injury in the second half, Bauer was among the top pitchers in baseball. He still struck out 221 batters in 175 innings, but with health, those numbers could easily climb to 270 in 215 innings
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Verlander has had a long and illustrious career, but he's actually been better than ever since he joined Houston late in the 2017 season. In particular, Verlander has experienced a major boost in his strikeout rate and a big drop in his walk rate since he became an Astro, to the point where he led the league with an absurd 7.84 K/BB ratio last season. If he can manage to perform that feat again, he could produce another season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Bauer took a big step forward as a pitcher in 2017, and then last year he finally put it all together and performed like an ace. The big increase in his strikeout rate over the last two seasons is the biggest ingredient in his success, but he was also somewhat fortunate in terms of his home run rate last year after being unlucky in that regard the previous season. His walk rate is still a bit high, and he is a little risky just based on the fact that he had never produced a sub-4.00 ERA or sub-1.30 WHIP before last year, but the skills are certainly there for another strong season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Pitchers aren't supposed to dominate like this in their mid-30s. In his age-35 campaign, Verlander defied the aging curve by posting a 2.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and MLB-high 34.8 K% in 214 innings. He has recorded a 2.97 ERA over the last three seasons, clearing 200 innings and strikeouts apiece each time. Including the playoffs, he has notched a 2.41 ERA since joining the Astros, so age is the only justification to avoid him as a top-five ace. Don't be afraid to grab him near the end-of-second, early-third round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
A viable Cy Young Award contender before suffering a stress fracture in his right fibula, Bauer boasted a 2.21 ERA and 221 strikeouts over 175.1 spectacular frames. Only Jacob deGrom bested him in FIP (2.44), and he leaned more on a slider that yielded a -8 wRC+. If the injury depresses his value, pounce on a top-10 stud.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros