Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Brad Hand (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
39 of 59 experts
34%
Recommended by
20 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 23# 27
Best Rank# 8# 10
Worst Rank# 51# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 54# 81
Best Rank# 49# 72
Worst Rank# 72# 99
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts15794
Wins124
Saves035
ERA2.943.07
WHIP1.051.13
   
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The Athletic
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Yahoo! Sports
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USA Today
# 22# 30
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 28# 38
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 29
   
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Beast Dome
# 12# 16
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 15# 34
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
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Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 17# 30
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 18
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
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Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 27
   
Andrew Gould
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The Athletic
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Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
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Sporfolio
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FanGraphs
# 16# 30
   
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
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Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
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Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 25# 30
   
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# 11# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 29# 32
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 27# 33
   
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Razzball
# 16# 32
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 24# 30
   
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# 8# 34
   
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# 12# 34
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
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Fantrax
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BRoto Fantasy
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Fake Teams
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Pitcher List
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The Fantasy Fix
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FantasyPros
# 26# 25
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 26# 24
   
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RotoChamp
# 26# 10
   
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Razzball
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# 28# 27
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 30# 26
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 32# 29
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 33# 25
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
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Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 33# 28
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 34# 29
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 35# 30
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 24
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 39# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 49# 36
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 25
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 28
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 51# 36
   
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2669
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched161.272.0
   
Wins92
   
Losses55
   
Saves032
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds010
   
Hits Allowed13952
   
Earned Runs4922
   
Home Runs Allowed178
   
Strikeouts155106
   
Walks2928
   
ERA2.732.75
   
WHIP1.041.11
   
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2569
   
Games Started250
   
Innings Pitched154.969.9
   
Wins124
   
Losses63
   
Saves035
   
Blown Saves09
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed13354
   
Earned Runs5124
   
Home Runs Allowed178
   
Strikeouts15794
   
Walks3125
   
ERA2.943.07
   
WHIP1.051.13
   
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
News 
 Clayton Kershaw picked up the win in his final start of the regular season on Thursday versus San Diego, tossing six scoreless innings while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
Cleveland Indians left-hander Brad Hand was sent back to Cleveland on Wednesday for an MRI. Adam Cimber picked up the save against the Angels in Hand's absence.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
 Clayton Kershaw improved to 15-5 on Friday versus Colorado, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 21st
Cleveland Indians left-hander Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Sunday. He struck out one and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 9th
 Clayton Kershaw improved to 14-5 on Friday against the Mets, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 14th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand gave up two runs in the ninth inning of an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. He got just one out in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
 Clayton Kershaw took the loss on Friday against the Giants, allowing three runs on seven hits over four innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 7th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand threw a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 2-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Hand struck out one in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 29th
 Clayton Kershaw struggled on Saturday versus the Diamondbacks, giving up five runs on five hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth in a 4-2 win over the Royals on Saturday. Hand struck out one and allowed one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 25th
Notes 
 For the first time in a decade, there is quite a bit of risk with drafting Kershaw. He hasn't pitched 180 innings since 2015 and saw his strikeout rate plummet from 10.4 to 8.6 per nine innings. You can bank on top-notch ratios, but because of the innings a low strikeout totals and a potential shoulder injury, Kershaw has fallen into the third-tier of fantasy pitchers this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 The best pitcher of the last decade, Kershaw has seen his innings totals drop to 175 or fewer over each of the last three seasons. He's remained highly effective in those innings, but last year showed some more serious concerns, namely declining velocity and strikeouts. Kershaw remains in a highly-favorable pitching environment in Los Angeles, and given his mastery of the art of pitching, it would not be surprising to see him grit out another season with a sub-3.00 ERA. The question is how many innings he'll be able to throw and whether he can get his strikeout rate back over a batter per inning. Given that he is already experiencing arm soreness in Spring Training, fantasy owners need to proceed cautiously.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Last year, drafters accepted the dice roll of taking 180 otherworldly innings from Kershaw. The gambit fell short not only because of his 161.1 frames--he hasn't topped 175 since 2015--but his performance when healthy. A 2.73 ERA and 1.03 WHIP are still stellar, and he maintained excellent command by issuing 29 walks over 26 starts. Yet his 23.9 K% represents the lowest rate of any starter inside the ECR's top 15. He may not be better than Trevor Bauer, Blake Snell, Carlos Carrasco, or Luis Severino on a per-inning basis, so why take the veteran southpaw knowing back woes (and the Dodgers' careful rotation management) will shield him well short of 200 frames? Spring setbacks should make drafters even more cautious about taking him as a top-15 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros