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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
82%
Recommended by
42 of 51 experts
18%
Recommended by
9 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 12# 14
Best Rank# 5# 8
Worst Rank# 17# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 43
Best Rank# 26# 36
Worst Rank# 33# 49
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts176188
Wins1411
Saves00
ERA3.243.43
WHIP1.061.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 14
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 14
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 11# 23
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 26
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 12# 15
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 11# 14
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9# 10
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 9# 14
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 12# 14
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 14
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 9# 14
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 16
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 15
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 12# 15
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 12# 14
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 10# 14
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 12# 16
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 11# 16
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 13
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 12# 13
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 16# 17
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 14
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 7# 14
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 12# 14
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 12# 13
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 12# 16
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 12# 14
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 15# 18
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 15
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 10# 13
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 12# 16
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 10# 15
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 33
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 10# 18
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 10# 15
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 12# 14
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 10# 12
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 12# 14
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 9# 16
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 11# 17
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 12# 9
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 13# 12
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 11
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 14# 11
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 9
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 14# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 14# 13
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 12
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 14
   
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 Played2828
   
Games Started2828
   
Innings Pitched167.2151.4
   
Wins1411
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142123
   
Earned Runs6058
   
Home Runs Allowed2319
   
Strikeouts176188
   
Walks3553
   
ERA3.243.43
   
WHIP1.061.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
News 
 LHP Clayton Kershaw earned the win on Sunday when he allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Sep 20th
Blake Snell was placed on the injured list with a left adductor strain.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Sep 16th
 Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
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
 Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs on four hits over three innings with three strikeouts in his rehab stint on Tuesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Sep 8th
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
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says that Clayton Kershaw (forearm) might need just one rehab start before rejoining the rotation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 6th
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
 Dodgers' SP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) will make a rehab appearance in Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Jack Mannis
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
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
 Fresh off his first ever World Series championship, Kershaw continues to graciously ride the aging curve. In fact, he has actually combated a decline in fastball velocity by adding 1 mph in 2020 (90.8 to 90.3 to 91.6 over the past three years). Fantasy managers should also find comfort in the fact that Kershaw has literally never been bad. His highest ERA since 2009 is 3.03 and his highest WHIP since 2011 is 1.04. If seeking safety in the early rounds, Kershaw is your guy.
Brendan Tuma - 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