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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
65%
Recommended by
36 of 55 experts
35%
Recommended by
19 of 55 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 Alert--
   
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
   
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 
 LHP Clayton Kershaw took the loss on Tuesday when he allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts over one inning in the Dodgers' 7-1 loss to the Cubs in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Jon Mathisen
Tue, May 4th
Tim Anderson went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Reds.
Brad Camara
Wed, May 5th
 LHP Clayton Kershaw earned his fourth win of the season on Sunday when he allowed just four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings in the Dodgers' 8-0 win over the Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Apr 29th
Tim Anderson went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Saturday's 7-3 win over Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 1st
 LHP Clayton Kershaw took his second loss of the season on Friday when he surrendered three runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over seven innings as the Dodgers lost 6-1 to the Padres.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Apr 24th
Tim Anderson went 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and two stolen bases in Friday's 5-3 loss to Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 1st
 LHP Clayton Kershaw picked up his third win of the season when he allowed just two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over six innings in the Dodgers 2-0 win over the Padres on Saturday.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Apr 18th
Tim Anderson went 1-for-3 with two walks and one run scored during Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Tigers.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 28th
 LHP Clayton Kershaw earned his second win of the season on Sunday when he held the Nationals to five hits and no runs with six punchouts over six innings in a 3-0 win.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Apr 11th
Tim Anderson went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Friday's 9-7 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Apr 24th
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