Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Trevor Bauer (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 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
Going For 2
# 4# 8
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 5# 10
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 8
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 11
   
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# 5# 11
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 7
   
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Brewer Rat
# 7# 14
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 8
   
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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
# 5# 8
   
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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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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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SportsLine
# 4# 9
   
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Fantrax
# 4# 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 - CLE
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 - CLE
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 - CLE
Trevor Bauer
News 
 Justin Verlander allowed three runs on four hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts through seven innings on Wednesday against the Brewers.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 13th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was excellent in a 2-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Bauer held Cincinnati to one run over 7 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking five.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 Justin Verlander allowed three runs on five hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings on Thursday against Seattle.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 6th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer gave up three homers in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Thursday. Bauer went eight innings, giving up five runs and striking out seven.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
 Justin Verlander allowed one run on four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts through eight innings on Saturday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, Jun 2nd
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was let down by his defense in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox on Friday. Bauer allowed six runs, but only two earned runs, in seven innings. He struck out eight in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 1st
 Justin Verlander fell to 8-2 on Sunday versus Boston, giving up three runs on six hits over seven innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer pitched well in a 6-3 loss to the Rays on Sunday. Bauer allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings of work. He struck out eight and allowed just five hits.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, May 27th
 Justin Verlander allowed one run on one hit, one walk, and 12 strikeouts through eight innings on Tuesday against the White Sox.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, May 22nd
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer took his third loss of the season in a 5-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday. Bauer allowed four runs in six innings, striking out five and walking four.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, May 22nd
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