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Who Should I Draft?

Brad Hand or Lance McCullers Jr. (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Brad Hand
RP - WSH
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
39 of 50 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 47
Best Rank# 22# 28
Worst Rank# 67# 79
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 124# 104
Best Rank# 109# 93
Worst Rank# 132# 126
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts15278
Wins104
Saves024
ERA3.723.52
WHIP1.211.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 44
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 50
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 43
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 44# 67
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 51
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 45
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 32# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 38
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 36# 54
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 43# 55
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 41# 51
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 28# 46
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 44# 45
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 40# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 48
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 32# 61
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 35# 37
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 43# 46
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 22# 48
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 41# 51
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 41# 45
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 37# 46
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 25# 64
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 34# 48
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 37# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 48# 65
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 50
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 38# 44
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 39# 59
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 36# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 28# 43
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 43# 47
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 32# 45
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 40# 48
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 32# 46
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 40# 46
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 32# 48
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 37# 42
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 30# 79
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 49# 28
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 67# 34
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 36
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 44# 40
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 49# 40
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 44# 40
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 41
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 48# 42
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 52# 44
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 47# 44
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 51# 48
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Brad Hand
RP - WSH
Brad Hand
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1123
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched55.122.1
   
Wins32
   
Losses31
   
Saves016
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed4413
   
Earned Runs245
   
Home Runs Allowed50
   
Strikeouts5629
   
Walks204
   
ERA3.932.05
   
WHIP1.160.77
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Brad Hand
RP - WSH
Brad Hand
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2662
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched144.260.5
   
Wins104
   
Losses73
   
Saves024
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds04
   
Hits Allowed12651
   
Earned Runs6024
   
Home Runs Allowed168
   
Strikeouts15278
   
Walks4818
   
ERA3.723.52
   
WHIP1.211.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Brad Hand
RP - WSH
Brad Hand
News 
 Astros starter Lance McCullers had a shaky outing on Wednesday, allowing six runs over the course of 3.2 innings. He also surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 15th
Brad Hand earned his first save of the season but labored a bit with 26 pitches. Hand allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Mon, Apr 12th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. proved to be quite effective on Friday night, allowing just one run on two hits over five innings. He also walked three and struck out six. It was all for naught, though, as the bullpen surrendered five runs and Houston lost to the Athletics, 6-2.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 10th
Brad Hand came in the ninth inning of a non-save situation. Hand pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in his first appearance of 2021.
Corbin Young
Sun, Apr 11th
 In his first start of the season, Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. held the Athletics to just one run, two hits, and three walks over five innings of work. He also struck out seven batters while amassing a respectable 54-41 strikes-to-balls ratio.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 3rd
Nationals reliever Brad Hand was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, according to The Athletic's Maria Torres.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Fri, Apr 9th
 Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros have agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.
Dan Harris
Wed, Mar 24th
LHP Brad Hand was left off the Nationals' Opening Day roster.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 6th
 The Houston Astros have reportedly offered pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. a contract extension.
Ari Koslow
Tue, Mar 23rd
Nationals manager Dave Martinez says LHP Brad Hand will be the team's closer "in a perfect world."
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Feb 26th
Notes 
 McCullers made a successful return from Tommy John surgery after missing the 2019 season and looked almost exactly like the 2018 version of himself. His ERA (3.93) and WHIP (1.16) were within seven-tenths of a point of his 2018 numbers, and his walk and strikeout rates fell just slightly. McCullers relied a bit more on his sinker and less on his curveball than in past years, but the two work well together and he continued to throw them in combination about 80% of the time. In short, what you thought of McCullers heading into 2018 is pretty much what you should think of him now. Unfortunately, that includes concerns about his innings, because after a missed year and 55 innings last year, the chances of him topping 150 innings this season are remote. Buy him at his production, but understand that there's likely a hard cap on his innings total.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Hand joins the Nationals on a one-year deal after Cleveland declined his option. His velocity declined a bit last season, but the league's collective lack of interest in Hand is surprising, given that he's coming off one of the best seasons of his career, led the league in saves, has been a top-10 reliever over the last five seasons, and is a lefty. Dave Martinez wants Hand to be the Nationals' closer based on his comments, but it's unclear whether he'll be the sole option. The Nationals barely have another lefty reliever in their bullpen, let alone a reliable one, so chances are that Hand will be deployed earlier in the game if the opposing team has multiple left-handed hitters due up. All that to say that Hand is a reliable reliever who you should draft for his overall numbers, but he may provide fewer saves than most traditional closers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros