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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Tim Anderson (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
37 of 56 experts
34%
Recommended by
19 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 39
Best Rank# 19# 21
Worst Rank# 76# 64
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 45
Best Rank# 26# 41
Worst Rank# 33# 53
   
Projections 
   
Runs93
Home Runs2322
RBI70
Stolen Bases18
Batting Avg.289
Strikeouts176141
Wins14
Saves0
ERA3.24
WHIP1.06
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 54
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 43
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 45
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 36# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 38
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 26# 60
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 25# 37
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 29
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 30# 35
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 27# 45
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 33# 43
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 34# 43
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 33# 42
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 19# 64
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 35# 38
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 27# 33
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 55
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 39# 54
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 33# 44
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 21# 34
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 40# 43
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 46
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 35
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 26# 34
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 29# 41
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 34# 42
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 22# 25
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 38# 58
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 33
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 26# 46
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 31# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 31# 41
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 29# 38
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 23# 27
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 35# 41
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 29# 43
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 31# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 29
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 31# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 32# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 35# 33
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 36# 35
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 28
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 38# 36
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 31
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 34
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 42# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 45# 40
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 48# 43
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 48# 36
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 52# 32
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 52# 38
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 53# 32
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 67# 21
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 76# 30
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs45
   
Home Runs810
   
RBI21
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.322
   
Strikeouts6250
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.16
   
WHIP0.84
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs93
   
Home Runs2322
   
RBI70
   
Stolen Bases18
   
Batting Avg.289
   
Strikeouts176141
   
Wins14
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.24
   
WHIP1.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
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
Tim Anderson went 4-for-4 on Friday, hitting a double and three singles while also drawing a walk. He'd score two runs and drive in another in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Oct 2nd
 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
Tim Anderson went 1-for-4 on Wednesday, hitting a solo home run to make it 6-0 in the seventh inning. He also struck out twice.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 30th
 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
Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 on Thursday, hitting two home runs and a single, driving in four total runs on the game.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Sep 24th
 Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
Tim Anderson was 2-for-5 on Tuesday, hitting a single and a double while also striking out once. He tallied one run scored and one RBI on the day.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
 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
Shortstop Tim Anderson (hamstring) has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the White Sox.
Chris Schommer
Tue, Sep 14th
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
Anderson doesn't seem like he should be that valuable in fantasy. He doesn't have a ton of power, he rarely walks, and his quality of contact is nothing to write home about. But he's hit .335 and .322 the last two seasons, and although both numbers significantly surpass his xBA, it's clear that Anderson is going to be a plus value in that category. He won't excel in any other area, but he will chip in about 20 homers and 15-20 steals which, along with his batting average, makes him an excellent value given that his ADP is always in check.
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