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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Walker Buehler (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
35 of 52 experts
33%
Recommended by
17 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 5
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 20# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 16
Best Rank# 13# 14
Worst Rank# 19# 18
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8876
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.273.49
WHIP1.011.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 5
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 2# 9
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 13
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 5
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 5
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 4# 6
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 5
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 15
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 9
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 4# 5
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 13
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 6
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 3# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 5
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 6
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 7
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 4# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 6
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 3# 5
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 3
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 4# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 4
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 3
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 6# 2
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 6# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 5
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 5
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 7# 3
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 19# 6
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3430
   
Games Started3430
   
Innings Pitched223.1182.2
   
Wins2114
   
Losses64
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138152
   
Earned Runs6566
   
Home Runs Allowed3620
   
Strikeouts300215
   
Walks4237
   
ERA2.623.26
   
WHIP0.811.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched68.967.4
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5358
   
Earned Runs2526
   
Home Runs Allowed118
   
Strikeouts8876
   
Walks1617
   
ERA3.273.49
   
WHIP1.011.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
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
Walker Buehler did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's win over the Astros, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk over 3.2 innings. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Jul 29th
 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
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Walker Buehler will be limited to either five innings or 75 pitches on Tuesday against the Astros.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 28th
 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
Walker Buehler will pitch the Dodgers' fifth game of the season, which comes next Tuesday against the Astros.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 22nd
 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
Walker Buehler will throw three innings to Dodgers hitters on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 18th
 Justin Verlander has been named the Astros' Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 15th
Walker Buehler is scheduled to pitch two innings in Friday's intrasquad game.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 16th
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
The more I look and ponder the more I see a potential Cy Young in 2020. Great team, pitcher park, Betts and Bellinger potentially manning two OF spots on defense. If LAD finally gets that title Buehler will be the guy we look at to explain that last step.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Entering his age-37 season. Appears good to go following spring groin injury
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Where you take Buehler is all about your approach to pitching in a shortened season. There's a case to take him in the first round, as he has the pure stuff to be the No. 1 pitcher by season's end with his 29 percent strikeout rate and five percent walk rate in 2019.
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
A 5.22 ERA in April scared fantasy owners, but Buehler quickly recovered from the Dodgers' ill-planned "ease into the year" plan. He looked precisely like the pitcher his fantasy owners had hoped for after that, ending the year with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 29.2% strikeout rate. His meager five percent walk rate was one of the best in the league, and with an incredibly strong offense behind him once again, Buehler should excel in all four of the starting pitching categories in 2020. Have no concerns.
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
Walker Buehler's last 27 games included a 2.91 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 170 1/3 innings
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros