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Who Should I Draft?

Blake Snell or Liam Hendriks (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
47 of 51 experts
8%
Recommended by
4 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 14# 19
Best Rank# 8# 14
Worst Rank# 33# 57
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 43# 55
Best Rank# 36# 49
Worst Rank# 49# 62
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts18891
Wins114
Saves031
ERA3.432.93
WHIP1.161.02
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 15
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 18
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 14# 31
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 15# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 14# 20
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 10# 19
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 22
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 23
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 14# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 14# 20
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 14# 19
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 14# 21
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 13# 17
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 16# 20
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 11# 17
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 17
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 15# 22
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 14# 16
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 14# 22
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 16# 18
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 12# 24
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 16# 25
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 13# 20
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 13# 19
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 17# 57
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 12# 23
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 14# 22
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 12# 22
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 14# 18
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 14# 18
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 13# 31
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 16# 37
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 14# 22
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 18# 20
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 15# 17
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 13# 21
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 21
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 16# 25
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 15# 21
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 9# 24
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 18# 20
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 8# 22
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 14# 19
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 12# 20
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 14# 19
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 16# 21
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 17# 19
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 15# 14
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 21
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 26# 20
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 33# 24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1124
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched50.225.1
   
Wins43
   
Losses21
   
Saves014
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4214
   
Earned Runs185
   
Home Runs Allowed101
   
Strikeouts6337
   
Walks183
   
ERA3.241.78
   
WHIP1.200.67
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2863
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched151.466.0
   
Wins114
   
Losses73
   
Saves031
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed12351
   
Earned Runs5821
   
Home Runs Allowed198
   
Strikeouts18891
   
Walks5316
   
ERA3.432.93
   
WHIP1.161.02
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
News 
 Blake Snell was placed on the injured list with a left adductor strain.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Sep 16th
Liam Hendriks had a clean 1-2-3 eighth inning on Tuesday, striking out two batters in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
 Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell left Sunday's game with tightness in his left adductor. He left after 11 pitches with a clean 2/3 innings pitched
Corbin Young
Sun, Sep 12th
Liam Hendricks allowed just one hit, an infield single, in the inning as he secured the victory for the White Sox.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
 Blake Snell pitched a masterful game, not allowing a single base runner for the first six innings. He then gave up a two walks and a hit in the seventh to lose not only the perfect game but also the no-hitter.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 8th
Liam Hendricks has an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning against Oakland on Tuesday, striking out one batter in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 8th
 Blake Snell went seven innings on Tuesday, allowing just two walks while striking out 10 batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 1st
Liam Hendricks pitched a 1-2-3 ninth on Saturday, striking out one batter to earn his 32nd save of the season.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 5th
 Blake Snell finished the day pitching 7.2 innings, only allowing one earned run on three hits while tallying up 10 strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Aug 26th
Liam Hendricks recorded five outs on just 18 pitches Wednesday, allowing one hit and striking out two batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 Snell moves to the Padres fresh off a solid year, in which he pitched to a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, with a memorable early exit in the World Series. Snell has a checkered injury history and has pitched just 157 innings over the past two years, so don't expect him to be a big innings-eater in 2021. And, although he'll escape the dreaded AL East, he'll get a downgrade in park and defense, which largely makes the move a neutral one. All that said, Snell has plenty of talent as he's shown throughout his career, and should be able to pile up wins and strikeouts pitching for a strong Padres team. Draft him as an SP2 with upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Hendriks showed last year that his 2019 breakout season was not a fluke, as he improved on just about all of his numbers. Not only did he put up 14 saves in the shortened season, but he dropped his ERA to 1.78, his WHIP to 0.67, and his walk rate to just 3.3%. In short, there's nothing negative you can possibly take away from his 2020 season. Despite moving to a worse park with the White Sox, Hendriks is, without question one of the top closers in fantasy, and should be either the first or second (behind only Josh Hader) relief pitcher drafted.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Blake Snell made 16 starts in 2020, including the playoffs, and didn't finish six innings in any of them. In fact, the lefty hasn't completed six innings since July 21st, 2019. This is a killer for fantasy leagues that use quality starts as a category, but Snell still has the skills to be useful for fantasy purposes. If he had the innings to qualify then Snell would have the second-best swinging strike rate among starters since the beginning of '19. Perhaps the Padres will allow him to pitch deeper into starts. This could be a case of efficiency meeting added volume, which usually equates to fantasy goodness.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Hendriks has the most fWAR among relievers over the past two seasons. He got even better in 2020 as both his walk-rate and strikeout-rate ranked within the 98th percentile. Set to exclusively handle the ninth inning for one of the best teams in the American League, Hendriks can confidently be drafted as a top-three closer for 2021 fantasy baseball drafts.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros