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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Zac Gallen (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
20 of 20 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 20 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 15
Best Rank# 5# 8
Worst Rank# 15# 37
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 29# 45
Best Rank# 26# 35
Worst Rank# 33# 60
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts178189
Wins1410
Saves00
ERA3.343.74
WHIP1.101.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 18
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 15
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 14# 37
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 10# 15
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 22
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 14
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 8# 22
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 19
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 10# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 14
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 8# 12
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 14
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 13# 15
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 24
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 12# 17
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 15
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 8
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 10# 20
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 10# 15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1012
   
Games Started1012
   
Innings Pitched58.172.0
   
Wins63
   
Losses22
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4155
   
Earned Runs1422
   
Home Runs Allowed89
   
Strikeouts6282
   
Walks825
   
ERA2.162.75
   
WHIP0.841.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2829
   
Games Started2929
   
Innings Pitched169.1169.0
   
Wins1410
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed148148
   
Earned Runs6370
   
Home Runs Allowed2423
   
Strikeouts178189
   
Walks3861
   
ERA3.343.74
   
WHIP1.101.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Zac Gallen
SP - ARI
Zac Gallen
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
 
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
Gallen built on his excellent 2019 season with an even more impressive 2020 campaign. Not only did he drop his ERA slightly to 2.75, but he cut way down on his walks (10.8% to 8.6%), which led to a much-improved 1.11 WHIP. Gallen has a 28.5% strikeout rate in 152 MLB innings, and an excellent fastball, curveball, and changeup. There's just not much negative you can say about him other than he might again struggle for wins playing for a mediocre team in a good division. But, as always, wins are fickle in fantasy baseball, and he should be drafted as a strong SP2.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros