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Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Justin Verlander (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
23 of 43 experts
47%
Recommended by
20 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 4
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 20# 8
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 15# 16
Best Rank# 14# 14
Worst Rank# 24# 20
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8877
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.243.49
WHIP1.011.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 5
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 4# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 5
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 3# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 5
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 5
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 4# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 5
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 4
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 6
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 3# 5
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 6# 8
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 3
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 3
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 3
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 4
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 4
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 5# 4
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 5# 4
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 6# 4
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 6# 5
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 6
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3430
   
Games Started3430
   
Innings Pitched223.1182.2
   
Wins2114
   
Losses64
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138152
   
Earned Runs6566
   
Home Runs Allowed3620
   
Strikeouts300215
   
Walks4237
   
ERA2.623.26
   
WHIP0.811.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched69.068.8
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5359
   
Earned Runs2527
   
Home Runs Allowed119
   
Strikeouts8877
   
Walks1618
   
ERA3.243.49
   
WHIP1.011.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
News 
 Justin Verlander didn't allow a run while pitching three innings during an intrasquad game on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 11th
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) posted an Instagram video of him throwing from a mound.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 15th
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 has been rehabbing from his groin surgery, saying that his groin has felt strong while throwing. Additionally, his lat is almost fully healed, and he has been throwing long toss.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Apr 30th
 
 Justin Verlander (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 30th
 
 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
 
Notes 
 Verlander is one of the players who benefit most from a delayed season, as he was dealing with injuries that would have shelved him the first couple months of the season. He showed no sign of slowing down last year, but the age and Spring Training injuries should give you some pause. Drafting Verlander is all about your comfort with taking on injury risks and age.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Where you take Buehler is all about your approach to pitching in a shortened season. There's a case to take him in the first round, as he has the pure stuff to be the No. 1 pitcher by season's end with his 29 percent strikeout rate and five percent walk rate in 2019.
Michael Waterloo - 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 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
 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