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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Walker Buehler (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
21 of 39 experts
46%
Recommended by
18 of 39 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 5
Best Rank# 3# 2
Worst Rank# 30# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 16# 15
Best Rank# 14# 14
Worst Rank# 18# 25
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts205225
Wins1414
Saves00
ERA3.313.26
WHIP1.091.00
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 14
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 12
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 5
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 3# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 9
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 7
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 14
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 14
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 6
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 5# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 5
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 2
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 3
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 5# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 4# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 3
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 5# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 3
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 3
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 5# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 4
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 6# 4
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 4
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 5# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 5# 4
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 8# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3034
   
Games Started3034
   
Innings Pitched182.2223.1
   
Wins1421
   
Losses46
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed152138
   
Earned Runs6665
   
Home Runs Allowed2036
   
Strikeouts215300
   
Walks3742
   
ERA3.262.62
   
WHIP1.040.81
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3027
   
Games Started3028
   
Innings Pitched178.0178.1
   
Wins1414
   
Losses67
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed149137
   
Earned Runs6565
   
Home Runs Allowed2128
   
Strikeouts205225
   
Walks4441
   
ERA3.313.26
   
WHIP1.091.00
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Walker Buehler allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Athletics. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Mar 6th
Justin Verlander (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 30th
 Walker Buehler pitched two perfect innings against the Rockies in his spring debut Saturday, striking out two batters.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Mar 1st
Justin Verlander is slated to have surgery on his right groin today, and will miss approximately six weeks.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Mar 17th
  Justin Verlander (lat) said Monday “it would probably take a miracle” for him to be ready by Opening Day.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 9th
  Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a mild lat strain. He will be shut down for the immediate future and then reassessed.
Dan Harris
Mon, Mar 9th
  Justin Verlander exited Sunday’s league start against the Mets after two innings to “get some testing done.” It was discovered that Verlander has soreness in his right triceps, per Astros manager Dusty Baker.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 8th
Notes 
 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
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 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
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