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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Jack Flaherty (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
13 of 22 experts
41%
Recommended by
9 of 22 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 11
Best Rank# 5# 5
Worst Rank# 15# 21
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 29# 27
Best Rank# 27# 26
Worst Rank# 35# 34
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts179205
Wins1412
Saves00
ERA3.293.51
WHIP1.091.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 12
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 14# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 11# 12
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 13
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 8# 10
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 10# 12
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 10# 11
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 14
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 15
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 12
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 21
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 10# 11
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 8# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 8
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 10# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 7
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 12# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 13# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 9
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played109
   
Games Started109
   
Innings Pitched58.140.1
   
Wins64
   
Losses23
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4133
   
Earned Runs1422
   
Home Runs Allowed86
   
Strikeouts6249
   
Walks816
   
ERA2.164.91
   
WHIP0.841.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2831
   
Games Started2831
   
Innings Pitched169.1175.0
   
Wins1412
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed147141
   
Earned Runs6268
   
Home Runs Allowed2323
   
Strikeouts179205
   
Walks3857
   
ERA3.293.51
   
WHIP1.091.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen on Saturday in Arizona.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 20th
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has confirmed Jack Flaherty will be the team's Opening Day starter against Cincinnati.
Lucas Spence
Thu, Feb 25th
  Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty won his arbitration case against the team and will earn $3.9 million in 2021.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 13th
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
Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros