Who Should I Draft?

Luis Severino or Brad Hand (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Luis Severino
SP - NYY
Luis Severino
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 27
Best Rank# 7# 10
Worst Rank# 65# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 68# 81
Best Rank# 55# 72
Worst Rank# 121# 99
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts17894
Wins134
Saves035
ERA3.323.07
WHIP1.131.13
   
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Injury AlertIL60-
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 34
   
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Going For 2
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The Fake Baseball
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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CBS Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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Mr. Cheatsheet
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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RotoBaller
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FantasyPros
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FanGraphs
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Fantasy Six Pack
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Freeze Stats
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Fake Teams
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Razzball
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CBS Sports
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FantasyPros
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RotoBaller
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Sports Illustrated
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Fake Teams
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The Athletic
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FantasyPros
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The Fantasy Fix
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Razzball
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Expand The Boxscore
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RotoBaller
# 43# 34
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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The Fake Baseball
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Yahoo! Sports
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  Luis Severino
SP - NYY
Luis Severino
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3269
   
Games Started320
   
Innings Pitched191.272.0
   
Wins192
   
Losses85
   
Saves032
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds010
   
Hits Allowed17352
   
Earned Runs7222
   
Home Runs Allowed198
   
Strikeouts220106
   
Walks4628
   
ERA3.392.75
   
WHIP1.141.11
   
  Luis Severino
SP - NYY
Luis Severino
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2769
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched155.969.9
   
Wins134
   
Losses63
   
Saves035
   
Blown Saves09
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed13654
   
Earned Runs5824
   
Home Runs Allowed198
   
Strikeouts17894
   
Walks4025
   
ERA3.323.07
   
WHIP1.131.13
   
  Luis Severino
SP - NYY
Luis Severino
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
News 
 Luis Severino (shoulder) again threw from a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Hand allowed one hit and struck out two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
 Luis Severino (lat) was throwing off flat ground again Friday, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
John Aubin
Fri, May 31st
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday. Hand pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 Luis Severino (shoulder) is hoping to be cleared for throwing workouts after a checkup with a team doctor on Monday according to Lindsey Adler of the Athletic.
John Aubin
Mon, May 27th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday. Hand was dominant as he struck out the side in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 8th
 Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Luis Severino (shoulder) won't pitch until after the All-Star break.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 5th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down a 9-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday. He struck out one on the way to earning his 18th save.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
 Luis Severino (lat) was transferred to the 60-day injured list by the Yankees on Thursday.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 25th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 5th
Notes 
 A Cy Young Award contender though June, Severino imploded with a 5.20 ERA over the final three months. That inconsistency is perilous for a staff headliner, but he still finished 2018 with a 3.39 ERA, 2.95 FIP, and 220 strikeouts. Despite his start-by-start inconsistency, he has delivered on a macro level in consecutive seasons. However, he will miss at least all of April with a shoulder injury, Previously a viable top-10 candidate, he's now too risky to draft as a top-25 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 At first glance, Severino's 2018 numbers look just about as good as his excellent 2017 season, but the real story is that he was completely dominant in the first half and completely awful in the second half. That kind of inconsistency is a red flag, as is the rotator cuff inflammation that could cause him to miss the first month of the season or more. The sky is the limit for Severino in terms of long-term upside, but he's shaping up as a boom-or-bust pick for 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Over the past two seasons, only Scherzer, Sale, Verlander, deGrom and Kluber have a better ERA and more strikeouts than Severino, who is quickly becoming a true durable ace. He doesn't belong in that first tier, but may already lead the next group.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros