Who Should I Draft?

Zack Wheeler or Felipe Vazquez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
35 of 56 experts
38%
Recommended by
21 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 28# 30
Best Rank# 13# 14
Worst Rank# 92# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 85# 86
Best Rank# 83# 78
Worst Rank# 96# 106
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts16985
Wins114
Saves033
ERA3.592.84
WHIP1.241.15
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 13# 27
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 33
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 33
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 27# 32
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 31# 37
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 17# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 25# 32
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 30
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 26# 46
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 21# 28
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 26
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 29# 31
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
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Wayne Bretsky
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# 26# 29
   
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The Athletic
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Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
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The Athletic
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
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FanGraphs
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# 22# 27
   
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Razzball
# 21# 47
   
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Razzball
# 23# 39
   
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# 28# 37
   
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# 28# 33
   
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Fake Teams
# 33# 37
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 30
   
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Freeze Stats
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Steve Gardner
USA Today
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Razzball
# 32# 18
   
Chris Meyers
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# 32# 31
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 33# 27
   
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The Athletic
# 33# 24
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 26
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 35# 28
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 34
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 38# 35
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 38# 31
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 39# 30
   
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FantasyPros
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FantasyPros
# 46# 35
   
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CBS Sports
# 46# 39
   
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# 47# 35
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 49# 29
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 51# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 51# 26
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 92# 45
   
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2970
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched182.270.1
   
Wins124
   
Losses72
   
Saves037
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed15063
   
Earned Runs6721
   
Home Runs Allowed144
   
Strikeouts17989
   
Walks5524
   
ERA3.312.70
   
WHIP1.121.24
   
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2969
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched172.469.1
   
Wins114
   
Losses93
   
Saves033
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed15556
   
Earned Runs6922
   
Home Runs Allowed186
   
Strikeouts16985
   
Walks5824
   
ERA3.592.84
   
WHIP1.241.15
   
  Zack Wheeler
SP - NYM
Zack Wheeler
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
News 
 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
Felipe Vazquez notched a four-out save in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Marlins on Sunday. He allowed one hit and struck out one while picking up save number 16.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
 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
Felipe Vazquez appeared in a tie game and struck out three batters while allowing a walk in a scoreless inning of work.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Jun 13th
 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
Felipe Vazquez picked up a four-out save in the Pirates' 6-1 win over the Braves on Thursday. He allowed one hit, two walks, and struck out one.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
 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
Felipe Vazquez registered his 14th save Monday in an 8-5 win over the Reds. He allowed a run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings while striking out a pair of batters.
Blaine Blontz
Tue, May 28th
 Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed four earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out nine over seven innings in Friday’s win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The win brings him to 5-3 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 1st
Felipe Vazquez struck out three and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday, earning the save in the 6-4 win over San Diego.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
Notes 
 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
Vazquez's surface numbers weren't quite as dominant last year as they were in 2017, but his FIP and xFIP were nearly identical, and his overall numbers as the Pirates' closer were still quite good. He should have plenty of job security after signing a four-year contract extension last year and is easily a top-10 fantasy closer this season.
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
You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
One of baseball's hardest throwers, Vazquez has accrued a 2.17 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 10.96 K/9 over the past two seasons combined. The 27-year-old is locked into Pittsburgh's closer gig after collecting 37 saves last year. A perfect blend of job stability and elite strikeout upside makes him closer to target after waiting out the more expensive top tier.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros