Who Should I Draft?

Rich Hill or Cole Hamels (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 51# 55
Best Rank# 16# 35
Worst Rank# 110# 102
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 174# 146
Best Rank# 154# 120
Worst Rank# 187# 148
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts150166
Wins1011
Saves00
ERA3.513.82
WHIP1.151.27
   
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Injury AlertDTD-
   
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The Athletic
# 54# 61
   
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Going For 2
# 41# 66
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 46# 58
   
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USA Today
# 45# 47
   
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# 47# 102
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 50# 76
   
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Brewer Rat
# 58# 71
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 53# 57
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 71
   
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Beast Dome
# 32# 61
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 47# 60
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 50
   
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The Athletic
# 16# 52
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
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BretskyBall
# 47# 62
   
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The Athletic
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The Fake Baseball
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
# 48# 65
   
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# 42# 67
   
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# 52# 61
   
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# 56# 81
   
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Razzball
# 73# 94
   
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# 37# 61
   
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Razzball
# 44# 75
   
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# 52# 55
   
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# 50# 60
   
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Fake Teams
# 90# 99
   
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# 41# 53
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 64
   
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# 45# 44
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 35
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 48# 44
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 50# 49
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 54# 37
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 56# 55
   
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Razzball
# 59# 57
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 57
   
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Fantrax
# 60# 47
   
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Freeze Stats
# 61# 57
   
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FantasyPros
# 64# 39
   
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CBS Sports
# 65# 46
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 67# 35
   
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# 69# 42
   
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RotoBaller
# 71# 50
   
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# 79# 61
   
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Fake Teams
# 80# 54
   
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Pitcher List
# 86# 63
   
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# 94# 55
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 110# 63
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 66
   
  Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2532
   
Games Started2432
   
Innings Pitched133.1191.2
   
Wins119
   
Losses512
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed108176
   
Earned Runs5480
   
Home Runs Allowed2029
   
Strikeouts150188
   
Walks4165
   
ERA3.663.78
   
WHIP1.121.26
   
  Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2429
   
Games Started2429
   
Innings Pitched136.1173.7
   
Wins1011
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed112159
   
Earned Runs5374
   
Home Runs Allowed1821
   
Strikeouts150166
   
Walks4561
   
ERA3.513.82
   
WHIP1.151.27
   
  Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
News 
 Rich Hill left the mound at the top of the second inning against the San Fransisco Giants Wednesday. Dave Roberts and a trainer escorted a grimacing Hill out the game.
Jonathan Limehouse - Jonathan Limehouse Fantasy Pros
Wed, Jun 19th
Cole Hamels allowed one run on six hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 3-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out eight in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
 Rich Hill improved to 4-1 on Friday versus the Cubs, spinning seven innings of three-run ball while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
Cole Hamels fired seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-3 in the Cubs'10-1 win over the Rockies' on Wednesday. He allowed six hits, one walk, and struck out nine.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 13th
 Rich Hill improved to 3-1 on Saturday in San Francisco, striking out six while allowing two runs in five innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
Cole Hamels fired eight scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win in the Cubs' 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. He allowed three hits, one walk, and struck out ten.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
 Rich Hill improved to 2-1 on Sunday versus the Phillies, striking out nine while tossing seven shutout innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run on two hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. He walked two and struck out four while falling to 4-2.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Rich Hill received a no-decision on Tuesday’s loss to the Mets, striking out six while allowing two earned runs over six innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 29th
Cole Hamels allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Astros on Monday. He walked four and struck out zero while falling to 4-1.
Elliott Baas
Mon, May 27th
Notes 
 It's a bit surprising how much the ECR favors Hill over Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ross Stripling. All are superb options when healthy, but none should be trusted to work any more than 135 innings. So why such a heavy preference for Hill? The unlikely reclamation project turns 39 before starting the season, and he wasn't as elite (3.66 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 3.57 SIERA) in 2018's 132.2 innings. Drafters must exude patience, as he has struggled out of the gate in each of the last two seasons. In what should come as a surprise to nobody, he's already dealing with a short-term MCL injury that will delay his scheduled Opening Day start. He's a strong SP2 or 3 in the starts he makes, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him run out of steam. Just don't drop him much for this injury; such issues were already expected and factored into his draft cost.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Hamels displayed all the signs of a pitcher in decline during his three seasons in Texas, but he rebounded nicely upon joining the Cubs at midseason last year. It's hard to know exactly what version of Hamels we'll get at this point, but being in the National League should help. It's not unreasonable to hope for a sub-4.00 ERA, a WHIP in the low 1.20s, and close to a strikeout per inning in 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Hill has developed into a high-end fantasy starter in his mid-30s, posting no worse than a 3.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 10.18 K/9 over each of the last three seasons. Of course, he's never thrown more than 136 innings in any of those seasons, and we can't expect him to do it this year, either. But he's proven he can be a very valuable fantasy commodity in limited innings, particularly in leagues with a low innings cap.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Looking caput in Texas, a late trade to the Cubs sparked a revival for Hamels. The veteran southpaw sported a 2.36 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 76.1 innings (12 starts) with his new club. He repaired first-pitch strike (60.1%) and swinging-strike (12.1%) rates that had dipped to alarming levels (56.4%, 9.7%) in 2017, so the 35-year-old may have another strong season left in the tank. Having made at least 30 starts with 188 or more strikeouts in eight of the last nine seasons, Hamels is a more appealing mid-draft workhorse to target ahead of teammates Jose Quintana and Jake Arrieta.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros