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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Brandon Woodruff (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
34 of 51 experts
33%
Recommended by
17 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 12# 13
Best Rank# 5# 4
Worst Rank# 17# 27
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 37
Best Rank# 26# 32
Worst Rank# 33# 50
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts176191
Wins1411
Saves00
ERA3.243.45
WHIP1.061.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 13
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 13
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 11# 12
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 12
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 11# 13
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9# 27
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 13# 15
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 9# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 12# 13
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 13
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 9# 13
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 13
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 12# 13
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 10# 13
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 11
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 11# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 12
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 7# 13
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 12# 17
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 12# 13
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 12# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 15
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 12# 14
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 10# 13
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 16
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 12# 14
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 10# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 19
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 10# 11
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 12# 13
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 10# 13
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 12# 13
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 9# 14
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 10# 8
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 11# 10
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 12# 11
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 12# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 12# 11
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 12# 10
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 12# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 12
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 12
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 10
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 14# 13
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 14# 13
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 14# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 15# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 9
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 16# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 12
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1013
   
Games Started1013
   
Innings Pitched58.174.2
   
Wins63
   
Losses25
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4155
   
Earned Runs1425
   
Home Runs Allowed89
   
Strikeouts6291
   
Walks818
   
ERA2.163.05
   
WHIP0.840.99
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2830
   
Games Started2829
   
Innings Pitched167.2165.5
   
Wins1411
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142141
   
Earned Runs6063
   
Home Runs Allowed2320
   
Strikeouts176191
   
Walks3546
   
ERA3.243.45
   
WHIP1.061.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
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
Brandon Woodruff (9-10) took the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on two hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 22nd
 Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
Brandon Woodruff (9-9) took the loss Wednesday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on four hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 15th
 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
The Brewers have scratched pitcher Brandon Woodruff from his start on Saturday due to a stomach bug. Eric Lauer will take the mound instead. Meanwhile, Woodruff's start has been moved back to Wednesday.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 11th
 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
Brandon Woodruff (9-8) took the loss Monday against the Phillies, allowing four runs on nine hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 6th
 Dodgers' SP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) will make a rehab appearance in Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Sep 5th
Brandon Woodruff (9-7) earned the victory Tuesday against the Giants, allowing one run on five hits across six innings. He walked three and struck out eight.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 1st
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
There were some skeptics after Woodruff succeeded in 2019 based largely on one pitch - his devastating fastball - but he put those concerns to rest in 2020. His ERA (3.05) and WHIP (0.99) were incredibly strong, particularly when you consider that he struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings. Woodruff's fastball hits rests at 96 MPH and is one of the better pitches in baseball, but his slider and changeup both made strides last year. The Brewers are reportedly planning to add about 100 innings to their starter's workloads last season, so pencil Woodruff in for roughly 175 extremely strong frames. You can survive with him as your fantasy ace, though he's best as an incredibly strong number 2.
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
Woodruff's 2020 season ranked in the 90th percentile in both xERA and xwOBA. He rates out well according to both FIP and Baseball Savant. It's fair to call him a good-to-great starting pitcher. The question becomes what kind of workload can we expect from Milwaukee's No. 1? Woodruff logged 73 2/3 innings last summer after posting a career-high 121 2/3 frames in 2019. The Brewers plan to add on 100 innings to each of their SP's workloads from last year. If you believe Woodruff will hold up then he's a wildly exciting SP2 in fantasy.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros