Who Should I Draft?

Stephen Strasburg or Patrick Corbin (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
33 of 59 experts
44%
Recommended by
26 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 15# 16
Best Rank# 9# 11
Worst Rank# 42# 31
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 59
Best Rank# 43# 51
Worst Rank# 74# 62
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts201187
Wins1312
Saves00
ERA3.503.40
WHIP1.221.16
   
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The Fake Baseball
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Fantasy Football Empire
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  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3322
   
Games Started3322
   
Innings Pitched200.2130.1
   
Wins1110
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed162118
   
Earned Runs7054
   
Home Runs Allowed1518
   
Strikeouts246156
   
Walks4838
   
ERA3.153.74
   
WHIP1.051.20
   
  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3228
   
Games Started3228
   
Innings Pitched188.0163.6
   
Wins1312
   
Losses98
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed174142
   
Earned Runs7362
   
Home Runs Allowed2119
   
Strikeouts201187
   
Walks5547
   
ERA3.503.40
   
WHIP1.221.16
   
  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
News 
 Nationals starter Patrick Corbin allowed six earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Saturday.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 29th
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks while striking out 10 batters over six innings in Thursday's win over the Phillies. The win brings him to 18-6 on the year.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 27th
 Washington starter Patrick Corbin allowed one earned run on three hits and four walks while striking out six over six innings in Monday's win over the Phillies. The win brings him to 14-7 on the year.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 24th
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Saturday, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 22nd
 Nationals starter Patrick Corbin allowed two unearned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out 11 over six innings in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 18th
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out six in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Monday.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 17th
 Nationals starter Patrick Corbin allowed three earned runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out three over six innings in Thursday's win over the Twins.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Twins. The win brings him to 17-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 12th
 Nationals starter Patrick Corbin allowed one earned run on three hits and six walks while striking out nine over five innings in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven over six innings in Thursday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. The loss drops him to 16-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
Notes 
 Corbin was an absolute monster last season, striking out 246 batters with a 1.05 WHIP and 3.15 ERA. Granted, those ratios are likely to jump, perhaps even half a run in ERA, but he should also add considerably to his 11 wins from 2018 now that he is in Washington
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
There is a lot of appeal in drafting an upside pitcher like Strasburg, but keep in mind that he averages just 145 innings over the last four years. Even with an excellent strikeout rate, that comes to just 174 Ks per season. The ratios will likely be golden again, but know that there is plenty of risk in spending a 5th or 6th round pick on him this year
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Corbin had a breakout season in 2018, and his peripherals suggest his 3.15 ERA should have been even better. He was not a mixed league asset in either of the previous two seasons, so there is a bit of risk in relying on him as your top starter, but he should be able to replicate his success as long as he can continue to miss bats with his slider like he did last season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Strasburg's ERA (3.74) and WHIP (1.20) were a little inflated last season, but that can probably be chalked about to statistical noise -- his peripherals were not meaningfully different outside of a spike in his home runs allowed. The bigger concern is a familiar one: durability/health. Strasburg has not pitched more than 175 innings in a season since 2014, and expecting more than 150-175 from him this season would be foolish. That doesn't mean he can't be a top-20 or even top-15 fantasy starter, though.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Corbin's breakout came as a result of leaning more on a devastating slider that yielded a .195 wOBA and 29.3% swinging-strike rate. It steered him to MLB's third-lowest FIP (2.47), seventh-highest strikeout % (30.8), and second-lowest contact rate (66.8%) among all qualified starters. The peripherals back the 29-year-old southpaw's breakout, but skeptics will point to an alarming 41.7% hard-hit rate and lack of a second plus pitch. Luckily the market is bearish enough on an encore to price Corbin as a high-end No. 2 starter rather than staff anchor.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
It's bad enough Strasburg, still yet to make 30 starts since 2014, threw just 130 innings in 2018. He also recorded the worst ERA (3.74) and FIP (3.62) of his career. Rises in hard-hit rate and exit velocity are concerning, but an elevated 15.7 HR/FB% ultimately did him in. Even if he bounces back to a 3.50 ERA or lower, investors can't reasonably bank on more than 150 innings, a mark he has met once in the last four seasons. Time is running out for the 30-year-old to reach his Cy Young ceiling.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros