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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Lance McCullers Jr. (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
42 of 43 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 101
Best Rank# 20# 46
Worst Rank# 74# 207
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 107# 231
Best Rank# 98# 172
Worst Rank# 151# 281
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts156109
Wins127
Saves00
ERA3.373.37
WHIP1.071.22
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL15IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 68
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 98
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 47# 49
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 37
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 41# 100
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 52# 93
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 74# 76
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 63
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 49# 118
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 68
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 47# 102
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 30# 148
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 38# 86
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 36# 127
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 45# 157
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 44
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 21# 98
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 42# 107
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 36# 98
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 109
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 43# 63
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 58
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 20
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 37# 126
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 28# 104
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 38# 123
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 34# 98
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 22# 114
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 66
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 45# 67
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 54# 90
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 129
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 40# 65
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 35# 207
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 48# 117
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 26# 98
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 29# 101
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 40
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 37# 97
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 109
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 46
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2021 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2228
   
Games Started2228
   
Innings Pitched122.2162.0
   
Wins1013
   
Losses85
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed103122
   
Earned Runs4857
   
Home Runs Allowed1513
   
Strikeouts144185
   
Walks2176
   
ERA3.553.16
   
WHIP1.021.22
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2022 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2518
   
Games Started2517
   
Innings Pitched147.1102.7
   
Wins127
   
Losses64
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed12483
   
Earned Runs5538
   
Home Runs Allowed2110
   
Strikeouts156109
   
Walks3242
   
ERA3.373.37
   
WHIP1.071.22
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
News 
 Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (pelvis) is set to miss more time than originally expected as he has not seen the relief that was expected from the epidural.
Josh Thiessen
Tue, May 17th
Lance McCullers Jr. does not have a UCL issue but is dealing with a flexor tendon injury.
Chris Clegg
Tue, Mar 15th
 Clayton Kershaw played catch on Sunday and is expected to do so again on Monday before throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Ari Koslow
Mon, May 16th
Lance McCullers Jr. is behind schedule and will not start the season on time according to Dusty Baker.
Chris Clegg
Mon, Mar 14th
 Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the injured list due to inflammation in his SI joint per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.
Andy Zimmerman
Fri, May 13th
 
 Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings on Saturday, striking out two, walking one, and allowing five hits for zero earned runs in the Dodgers' 7-0 win over the Cubs.
Josh Thiessen
Sun, May 8th
 
 Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings on Saturday, striking out seven, walking two, and allowing four hits for one earned run in the Dodgers' 5-1 loss to the Tigers.
Josh Thiessen
Sun, May 1st
 
Notes 
 Kershaw isn't the same pitcher he was at his peak, but he's still really, really good. His curveball doesn't have quite the same bite and his fastball has fallen off a bit, but his slider is one of the best in baseball. Kershaw really leaned into that pitch last year (he used it 47.6% of the time), so it's no surprise that he dealt with forearm issues at the end of the season. And injuries are now unfortunately a common thing for the veteran, as he's dealt with back, shoulder, and now elbow injuries over the past several years. He's back with the Dodgers on a one-year deal and is reportedly healthy. There's still a ton of room for profit with him, but you shouldn't count on much more than 120 innings.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
There's no doubting McCullers's stuff at this point. Already armed with an elite curveball, he added an equally dominant slider to the mix last season (.150 BAA, .242 wOBA), and set a career-high in innings with 162.1. Unfortunately, he ended the year on the shelf with an elbow injury and is now delayed in the spring because of a flexor tendon strain.The fact that he is still dealing with an injury at this point is extremely worrisome, especially for a pitcher with a history of elbow trouble. Drop him way down your draft boards, and take him only if you have plenty of depth or you are in desperate need of upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros