Who Should I Draft?

Mike Clevinger or Zack Wheeler (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
40 of 56 experts
29%
Recommended by
16 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 21# 28
Best Rank# 11# 13
Worst Rank# 62# 92
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 58# 85
Best Rank# 50# 83
Worst Rank# 78# 96
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts191169
Wins1311
Saves00
ERA3.693.59
WHIP1.251.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 28
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 24# 27
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 13# 31
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 11# 38
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 29
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 25# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 25
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 17# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 26# 47
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 20# 26
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 33# 92
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 20# 38
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 19# 46
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 45# 51
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 49
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 20# 29
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 18# 23
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 30# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 26
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 13# 24
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 16# 32
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 17# 27
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 24# 32
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 13# 18
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 14# 16
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 44# 46
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 16# 18
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 43
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 15# 51
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 14# 39
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 28
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 15# 23
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 23# 28
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 21# 35
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 21# 28
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 20# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 33
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 16# 32
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 19# 21
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 21# 13
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 17
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 22# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 22# 19
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 24# 21
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 24# 21
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 21
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 17
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 26# 25
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 19
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 30# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 26
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 32# 22
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 36# 33
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 42# 21
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 62# 58
   
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3229
   
Games Started3229
   
Innings Pitched200.2182.2
   
Wins1312
   
Losses87
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed164150
   
Earned Runs6767
   
Home Runs Allowed2114
   
Strikeouts207179
   
Walks6755
   
ERA3.023.31
   
WHIP1.161.12
   
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3029
   
Games Started3029
   
Innings Pitched180.1172.4
   
Wins1311
   
Losses99
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed157155
   
Earned Runs7469
   
Home Runs Allowed2218
   
Strikeouts191169
   
Walks6858
   
ERA3.693.59
   
WHIP1.251.24
   
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
News 
 The Indians placed Mike Clevinger on the 10-day injured list with a left ankle sprain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 21st
Zack Wheeler (6-5) earned the win Saturday against the Cubs by allowing one run on five hits across seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jun 23rd
 The Cleveland Indians are placing right-hander Mike Clevinger on the injured list with a sprained left ankle, according to a report from Paul Hoynes. Clevinger was scheduled to start Saturday against the Tigers.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jun 20th
Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings in Monday’s loss to the Atlanta Braves. The loss drops him to 5-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Jun 18th
 The Cleveland Indians are cautiously optimistic that starter Mike Clevinger will be able to make his start on Saturday against the Tigers due to an ankle injury he suffered during Monday's start. He did not leave Monday's start but did tumble off of the mound in the second inning and was seen heading to the trainer’s room limping and carrying a walking boot.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 19th
Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out six over 4.2 innings in a loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday. The loss drops him to 5-4 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 12th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger struggled in a 7-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday. He allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven and walking three.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 18th
Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed three earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six over seven innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 7th
 Clevinger (back) will start Monday's game against the Rangers.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Jun 12th
Wheeler allowed three runs on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk across six seven innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Thursday.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
Notes 
 After dominating in a smaller 2017 sample size, Clevinger took it up another notch in 2018, this time with 200 innings of proof. He might not win 16 games or strikeout 240 batters like some of the top tier aces, but his ratios and 200 Ks put him firmly in the 6th-8th rounds of this season's drafts
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Wheeler has had struggles staying on the field but even if we can get 120 innings of the way he pitched to close the season, he would prove well worth a mid-round pick's investment. He may be the breakout ace that no one in the industry seems to be talking about this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Clevinger took the gains he made in 2017 and translated them to a full season as a starter i 2018. The one difference was that he trimmed his walk rate from nearly 4.5 per nine to barely 3.0 per nine, thereby dropping his WHIP all the way down to 1.16. Clevinger was particularly dominant in the second half, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 10.27 K/9 rate after the All Star break. The projection systems expect a little bit of regression due to his low BABIP allowed and left-on-base percentage, but it's also possible Clevinger can further improve on his strikeout rate and WHIP.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Wheeler posted a mid-3.00s ERA for the third time in four years in 2018, proving that his rough 2017 season was the true outlier. His .279 BABIP allowed was somewhat fortunate, but he also significantly trimmed his walk rate, providing confidence that he can maintain some of the gain he made in WHIP last year. He doesn't strike out enough hitters to have ace potential, but fantasy owners can feel pretty good about Wheeler as their third starter in 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Clevinger rose to the next level in the second half, posting a 2.31 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 78 innings. While he outperformed his overall 3.52 FIP and 3.86 SIERA with a 3.02 ERA, 2018 marked the second straight year he defied the peripherals. A high infield-fly rate (11.2%) and low barrel rate (5.8%) led him to a .280 xwOBA, so don't expect severe regression from the borderline top-20 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Written off after an ineffective 2017 (5.21 ERA) following two season lost to Tommy John surgery, Wheeler unlocked his ace potential late last season. He was nearly as good as Jacob deGrom after the All-Star break, boasting a 1.68 ERA and 20.4 K-BB% in 11 starts. He went at least seven innings in nine of them and averaged 6.3 innings per start on the season. Fueled by a stellar heater, no qualified starter acquiesced a lower hard-hit rate (26.6%), and just two (deGrom and Max Scherzer) generated more soft contact. Another 180 innings, which is far from a given, is all Wheeler needs to give the Mets and fantasy investors another ace.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros