Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or David Price (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
Expert
Recommendation
81%
Recommended by
48 of 59 experts
19%
Recommended by
11 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 23# 31
Best Rank# 8# 19
Worst Rank# 51# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 54# 84
Best Rank# 49# 79
Worst Rank# 72# 99
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts157176
Wins1213
Saves00
ERA2.943.78
WHIP1.051.21
   
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The Athletic
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Yahoo! Sports
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DailyOverlay
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The Athletic
# 27# 39
   
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USA Today
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Hail to Fantasy Football
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BRoto Fantasy
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The Athletic
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Yahoo! Sports
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Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 20
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 51# 28
   
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2630
   
Games Started2630
   
Innings Pitched161.2176.2
   
Wins916
   
Losses57
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed139151
   
Earned Runs4970
   
Home Runs Allowed1725
   
Strikeouts155177
   
Walks2950
   
ERA2.733.58
   
WHIP1.041.14
   
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2529
   
Games Started2530
   
Innings Pitched154.9176.9
   
Wins1213
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed133164
   
Earned Runs5174
   
Home Runs Allowed1723
   
Strikeouts157176
   
Walks3150
   
ERA2.943.78
   
WHIP1.051.21
   
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
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
David Price (wrist) underwent successful surgery to have a cyst removed from his left wrist, Guerin Austin of NESN reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 26th
 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
David Price will undergo surgery on Thursday to remove a cyst from his ailing wrist.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 22nd
 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
David Price, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, will visit a hand/wrist specialist, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 19th
 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
David Price (wrist) could be shut down for the season, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
 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
David Price (wrist) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 12th
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
Price isn't going to thrill anyone as a workhorse ace anymore, but he still posts plenty of Ks to go with useful ratios each and every season. With Boston's lineup behind him, we can expect plenty of wins as well, making him one of the most appealing third-tier starting pitchers this year.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
In 2018, Price completed his ninth straight season with a sub-4.00 ERA and WHIP of 1.20 or better. He's also averaged right around a strikeout per inning over the last five seasons, and his win potential in Boston is always good. While he's not the dominant fantasy ace it once looked like he would become, Price is a perfectly solid second or third fantasy starter.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Despite posting a 3.58 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 176 innings, Price showed some alarming signs of decline. His average fastball velocity dropped over a full tick, leading to his worst swinging-strike rate (9.6%) since 2013. His expected run-prevention metrics (4.02 FIP, 3.82 SIERA) also say he's no longer an ace. Yet he also recorded a 2.25 ERA after the All-Star break before vanquishing his postseason demons. The public seems well aware of the warning signs, so he won't make the worst SP2/3 if snagged beyond the top-20 starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros