Finasteride is more effective but minoxidil can help. Your AGA is early staged and you appear young (you'll see why that's important below.
Now the pivotal studies. Dr Elise Olsen did a very nice study in 2012 looking at the benefits of finasteride on the front, middle and crown in mend 18-60. She and her group showed that young men clearly benefitted in the frontal region as well as the middle and crown. Older patients (40 and over) did not benefit in the front! Now, you might thicken up the area if you were to respond, but you won't lower the recessions- only a transplant can do that.
Now, what about minoxidil? We'll minoxidil does help the front. Another great dermatologist, Dr Paradi Mirmirani did a nice study recently showing the minoxidil helps the front AND the crown. Basically - if there are miniaturizing hairs around... minoxidil has the potential to help. Unfortunately it does not help everyone.
And other studies have shown the combination of the two is even better than either alone.
Take home message: if you want to stop and thicken, these are good options. if you want to lower your hairline, hair restoration combined with finasteride and minoxidil is likely the best option.
Olsen EA, et al. Global photographic assessment of men aged 18 to 60 years with male pattern hair loss receiving finasteride 1 mg or placebo. Randomized controlled trial. . J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012.
Mirmirani P, Consolo M, Oyetakin-White P, Baron E, Leahy P, Karnik P. Br J Dermatol. 2015 Jun;172(6):1555-61. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13399.