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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or DJ LeMahieu (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 36
Best Rank# 19# 16
Worst Rank# 76# 80
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 25
Best Rank# 26# 21
Worst Rank# 33# 29
   
Projections 
   
Runs99
Home Runs2321
RBI77
Stolen Bases6
Batting Avg.307
Strikeouts17687
Wins14
Saves0
ERA3.24
WHIP1.06
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 19
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 24
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 52# 48
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 67# 42
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 36# 35
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 26# 16
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 25# 23
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 76# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 42# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 38# 24
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 52# 33
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 33# 30
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 34# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 33
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 36# 29
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 32# 29
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 39# 22
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 33# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 53# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 37
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 40# 35
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 35# 32
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 48# 44
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 38# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 26# 19
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 31# 29
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 19# 40
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 21# 24
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 22# 24
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 39
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 23# 33
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 25
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 80
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 26# 47
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 27# 32
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 27# 34
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 29# 37
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 29# 32
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 29# 52
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 40
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 30# 38
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 31# 39
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 44
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 31# 37
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 31# 34
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 46
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 33# 37
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 34# 39
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 35# 36
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 35# 38
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 57
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 50
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 45# 66
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 48# 53
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs41
   
Home Runs810
   
RBI27
   
Stolen Bases3
   
Batting Avg.364
   
Strikeouts6221
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.16
   
WHIP0.84
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs99
   
Home Runs2321
   
RBI77
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.307
   
Strikeouts17687
   
Wins14
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.24
   
WHIP1.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
News 
 Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (elbow) won't pitch in the 2021 playoffs, per manager Dave Roberts.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Oct 6th
Yankees INF DJ LeMahieu was battling a core injury this season, and has since undergone surgery to repair the issue. It's an estimated eight-week recovery and he will be ready for Spring Training.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Oct 20th
 Clayton Kershaw left Friday's game with left forearm discomfort. Kershaw threw 42 pitches and gave up five hits, three earned runs, and zero walks with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
Corbin Young
Sat, Oct 2nd
The Yankees have placed infielder DJ LeMahieu (sports hernia) on the 10-day injured list, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Oct 3rd
 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
Yankees INF DJ LeMahieu (hip) will require surgery for a sports hernia after the season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Oct 2nd
 Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
DJ LeMahieu exited Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with right hip soreness, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Oct 1st
 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
DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run on Friday as the Yankees lost to the Red Sox by an 8-3 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 25th
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
LeMahieu will return to the Yankees on a six-year deal, and that is great news for fantasy managers. Since he's been New York, he's provided elite all-around production, most notably in batting average, where he has batted .336. He's blossomed into a 25-home run hitter with plenty of runs and RBI, and a handful of steals that chip in with the category. Add to that LeMahieu's multi-position eligibility and he is a huge asset to every fantasy team. With nothing in his profile to suggest a skills decline, he should be drafted before the third round is out in every fantasy league.
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
One of my biggest fades this season. DJL is great, but is more of a real life player than he is a fantasy player. Not reaching for him at his ceiling.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
  Over the past two season "DJL" has posted a 183 wRC+ while playing at home compared to a 112 figure on the road. Of course, it's always helpful to be hitting in Yankee Stadium. This makes the fact that he re-signed with the Yankees an important one. LeMahieu is going to keep playing half of his games inside Yankee Stadium. The first modern player to win batting titles in both leagues, LeMahieu's presence on the Yankees means that he's the No. 1 fantasy second baseman for this fantasy writer.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros