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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Blake Snell (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
24 of 25 experts
4%
Recommended by
1 of 25 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 14
Best Rank# 5# 9
Worst Rank# 15# 36
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 33# 45
Best Rank# 27# 38
Worst Rank# 35# 48
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts179189
Wins1412
Saves00
ERA3.273.36
WHIP1.091.18
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 14
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 11# 15
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 15
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 15
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 9# 14
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 17
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 8# 11
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 10# 14
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 10# 14
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 16
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 17
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 8# 9
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 15
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 13# 15
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 12# 16
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 13
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 27
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 12# 14
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 36
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 10# 12
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 10# 16
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1011
   
Games Started1011
   
Innings Pitched58.150.2
   
Wins64
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4142
   
Earned Runs1418
   
Home Runs Allowed810
   
Strikeouts6263
   
Walks818
   
ERA2.163.24
   
WHIP0.841.20
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2829
   
Games Started2828
   
Innings Pitched169.9152.7
   
Wins1412
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed147124
   
Earned Runs6257
   
Home Runs Allowed2319
   
Strikeouts179189
   
Walks3856
   
ERA3.273.36
   
WHIP1.091.18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
News 
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says pitcher Clayton Kershaw will either threw to hitters one more time in live batting practice or debut in a game by Friday after throwing in a bullpen session on Tuesday.
AJ Schullo
Wed, Mar 3rd
Padres LHP Blake Snell will start the fourth game of Spring Training.
Brad Camara
Sat, Feb 27th
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen on Saturday in Arizona.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 20th
 
Notes 
 Kershaw turned back the clock a bit in 2020, as the shortened season allowed him to let things go a bit more and add some of the velocity he had lost over the previous two seasons. The result was his best WHIP and ERA since 2016 and best strikeout rate since 2017. Kershaw isn't going to reach 200 innings pitched at this stage of his career, not with his injury history and the Dodgers' depth in their rotation and World Series aspirations. But even entering his age-33 season, he offers next to no downside. Consider this: Kershaw had probably the worst season of his career in 2019 and pitched to a 3.03 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP with more than a strikeout per inning. Draft him as a strong SP2 but bank on 160 innings. Anything more is gravy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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
  11.2 - 3.15 - 1.20
Jordan Eisen - Field of Vision Sports
  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