Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Stephen Strasburg (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
85%
Recommended by
50 of 59 experts
15%
Recommended by
9 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 12# 16
Best Rank# 4# 11
Worst Rank# 39# 31
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 40# 59
Best Rank# 35# 51
Worst Rank# 44# 62
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts180187
Wins1212
Saves00
ERA3.183.40
WHIP1.141.16
   
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  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2422
   
Games Started2322
   
Innings Pitched137.2130.1
   
Wins810
   
Losses57
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves10
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed95118
   
Earned Runs4054
   
Home Runs Allowed1218
   
Strikeouts151156
   
Walks3738
   
ERA2.623.74
   
WHIP0.961.20
   
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2828
   
Games Started2828
   
Innings Pitched162.2163.6
   
Wins1212
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed133142
   
Earned Runs5762
   
Home Runs Allowed1719
   
Strikeouts180187
   
Walks5247
   
ERA3.183.40
   
WHIP1.141.16
   
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
News 
 Walker Buehler improved to 13-3 on Tuesday versus the Orioles, striking out 11 while spinning seven scoreless innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
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
 Walker Buehler earned the win despite a shaky outing on Monday versus Colorado, giving up six runs on eight hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 3rd
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
 Walker Buehler earned the win on Tuesday in San Diego, striking out 11 while tossing six scoreless frames.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 28th
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg tossed eight shutout innings in Saturday's win over the Marlins, striking out 14 while allowing two hits and no walks. The win brings him to 16-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 1st
 Walker Buehler received a no-decision on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays, tossing seven scoreless innings while striking out eight.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 22nd
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 10 over six innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Sunday.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 26th
 Walker Buehler took the loss on Thursday in Miami, allowing five runs on five hits over four innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 16th
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings in a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, striking out six while allowing four hits and one walk.
Mike Maher
Wed, Aug 21st
Notes 
 After tearing through the minors, Buehler pitcher pretty well for the Dodgers in the first half. Then a flip switched and he proceeded to become one of the top pitchers in baseball over the second half, posting a 2.03 ERA with 92 Ks and just a .165 BA allowed in 80 innings. Draft him accordingly
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
 An easy Rookie of the Year pick any other year, Buehler boasted a 2.62 ERA, 152 strikeouts, and a 50.0% ground-ball rate in 137.1 spectacular frames for the Dodgers. That's not including a dominant World Series gem. The hype is thus growing exponentially, so much so that he's going around the same area as Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, and Noah Syndergaard. Such a steep price is a tough sell because the Dodgers -- who haven't let a single starter work 180 innings in the last three years -- will curate his workload with extreme caution. That's before considering arm discomfort that has made his Opening Day availability "a little far-fetched." Drafters are probably paying too much for 160 superb frames in 2019.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Buehler lived up to the hype and more in his first extended stint in the Big Leagues, posting a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9 rate across 137 1/3 innings. His peripherals suggest his ERA is due to rise into the low-3.00s, but make no mistake, he is the real deal. The bigger question is how many innings the Dodgers will let him throw this season. Last season's total represented a big jump, and the Dodgers are notorious for rotating six or seven starters in and out of their rotation, so it is best to expect Buehler to throw around 150 innings and take anything beyond that as a bonus.
Andrew Seifter - 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