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Who Should I Draft?

Corey Kluber or Craig Kimbrel (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Corey Kluber
SP - NYY
Corey Kluber
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
29 of 51 experts
43%
Recommended by
22 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 59# 61
Best Rank# 39# 35
Worst Rank# 154# 108
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 144# 164
Best Rank# 138# 153
Worst Rank# 168# 233
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts14379
Wins103
Saves024
ERA4.013.65
WHIP1.201.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 76# 108
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 39# 76
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 69# 83
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 48# 69
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 61# 74
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 42# 54
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 52# 63
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 59# 63
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 70# 71
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 59# 86
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 55# 73
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 44# 89
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 56# 59
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 55# 68
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 60# 68
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 80# 98
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 87
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 56# 62
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 55# 70
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 57# 61
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 62# 64
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 41# 42
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 59# 75
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 64# 80
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 53# 67
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 57# 58
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 53# 87
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 52# 103
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 87# 98
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 57# 47
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 58# 55
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 61# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 63# 51
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 63# 61
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 65# 63
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 65# 35
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 65# 58
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 68# 58
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 70# 48
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 71# 58
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 73# 65
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 73# 64
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 75# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 76# 55
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 77# 54
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 79# 52
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 79# 72
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 101# 63
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 101# 58
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 103# 50
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 154# 39
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Corey Kluber
SP - NYY
Corey Kluber
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played118
   
Games Started10
   
Innings Pitched1.115.0
   
Wins00
   
Losses01
   
Saves02
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed010
   
Earned Runs09
   
Home Runs Allowed02
   
Strikeouts128
   
Walks112
   
ERA0.005.28
   
WHIP1.001.43
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Corey Kluber
SP - NYY
Corey Kluber
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2656
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched139.054.1
   
Wins103
   
Losses72
   
Saves024
   
Blown Saves011
   
Holds04
   
Hits Allowed13040
   
Earned Runs6222
   
Home Runs Allowed228
   
Strikeouts14379
   
Walks3726
   
ERA4.013.65
   
WHIP1.201.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Corey Kluber
SP - NYY
Corey Kluber
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Corey Kluber allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four in six shutout innings to earn the win over Cleveland on Friday. He also hit one batter.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 18th
Craig Kimbrel had a rough ninth inning, allowing a one out double followed by two walks and a sacrifice fly that scored a run. He did chip in two strikeouts though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 13th
 Corey Kluber allowed four runs on five hits while striking out six and walking two in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday night.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 12th
Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh inning on Saturday, allowing one hit while striking out three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 5th
 Corey Kluber allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings on Sunday in a no-decision against the Orioles.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 5th
Craig Kimbrel came into the ninth with a seven run lead but ended up giving up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. He would strike out two batters though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Aug 28th
 Corey Kluber gave up five runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts over four innings on Monday in a no-decision against the Angels.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 31st
Craig Kimbrel pitched one inning, allowing one hit while also striking out one batter to earn his 24th save of the season and first with the White Sox.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Aug 27th
 The Yankees plan to activate RHP Corey Kluber (shoulder) from the IL prior to Monday's start against the Angels.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 30th
Craig Kimbrel didn't allow a ball to leave the infield on Monday, but lost the game after an infield hit, a wild pitch, a sacrifice ground ball, and another wild pitch. He would also walk a batter and strike out two.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Aug 24th
Notes 
 Kluber has pitched 36 2/3 innings combined over the last two years, and will now join the Yankees on a one-year deal. There's nothing to be gained from looking at his numbers since 2018, as the sample size is too small, and prior to that, he was a perennial Cy Young contender. There was a bit of a velocity drop at the end of his last healthy season, but he was also finishing up his fifth straight 200-inning season. In other words, his lack of innings over the last two years (due to injury) may wind up being a blessing in disguise for Kluber. His ADP has some helium based on how quickly the Yankees signed him, but so long as you bake in some pretty substantial injury risk, he's certainly worth drafting as an SP5 with upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
As a whole, Kimbrel's 2020 numbers were abysmal. A 5.28 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a walk rate of 17.4%. And yet, there were some encouraging signs. Not only did his strikeout rate bounce back to 40.6%, but he was actually an elite pitcher after his first four outings. How elite? He pitched to a 1.42 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and stuck out 53.1% of the batters he faced. It wasn't perfect, as Kimbrel still walked five batters per nine innings over that stretch. But he showed that he still has some has left in the tank. Although he never reclaimed the closer's job despite his strong finish, it's a good bet that the Cubs hand him the ninth-inning role to start, as they try to rebuild his trade value in the final year of his deal. That means Kimbrel should at least get save chances for the first several weeks of the season, and, as such, should be drafted as low-end second closer with just a modicum of upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Over his final 14 appearances (12 2/3 IP) Kimbrel registered a 27:7 K:BB ratio to go along with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. I'd like confirmation from the Cubs that he's entering the season as the closer before going "all in" on drafting him, but as long as he gets the ninth inning I'll be interested. Kimbrel has likely turned off many fantasy managers with some ugly blowup performances the past two years. This creates a buying opportunity. Kimbrel is a perfect candidate to draft for those who prefer to wait on saves.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros