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Who Should I Draft?

Hyun Jin Ryu or Kyle Hendricks (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Hyun Jin Ryu
SP - TOR
Hyun Jin Ryu
Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
30 of 50 experts
40%
Recommended by
20 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 21# 24
Best Rank# 13# 13
Worst Rank# 121# 43
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 62# 72
Best Rank# 56# 63
Worst Rank# 69# 79
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts158154
Wins1212
Saves00
ERA3.643.88
WHIP1.181.17
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 15# 18
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 13# 43
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 18# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 21# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 18# 25
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 39
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 26
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 19# 29
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 23# 25
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 28# 30
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 21# 26
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 19# 20
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 18# 27
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 24# 28
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 14# 20
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 24# 27
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 20# 25
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 20# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 17# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 21# 23
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 32
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 21# 23
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 22# 25
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 19# 20
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 19# 21
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 25# 27
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 16# 25
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 22# 24
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 29# 35
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 19# 18
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 23# 21
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 24# 23
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 22
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 25# 23
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 25# 18
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 26# 13
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 21
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 20
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 26# 22
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 28# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 28# 19
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 19
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 34# 27
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 37# 35
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 37# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 37# 26
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 41# 23
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 35
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 121# 21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Hyun Jin Ryu
SP - TOR
Hyun Jin Ryu
Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched67.181.0
   
Wins56
   
Losses25
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6173
   
Earned Runs2126
   
Home Runs Allowed610
   
Strikeouts7264
   
Walks178
   
ERA2.822.88
   
WHIP1.161.00
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Hyun Jin Ryu
SP - TOR
Hyun Jin Ryu
Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2930
   
Games Started2930
   
Innings Pitched167.5182.3
   
Wins1212
   
Losses810
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed161178
   
Earned Runs6879
   
Home Runs Allowed2325
   
Strikeouts158154
   
Walks3834
   
ERA3.643.88
   
WHIP1.181.17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Hyun Jin Ryu
SP - TOR
Hyun Jin Ryu
Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
News 
 Hyun Jin Ryu (1-1) earned the win Tuesday after holding the Yankees to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven across 6 2/3 innings.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 14th
Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks expects to return on Sunday. There have been no positive COVID-19 tests for the team, and Hendricks should return Sunday if things stay that way.
Corbin Young
Fri, Apr 16th
 Hyun Jin Ryu (0-1) allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out seven over seven innings in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday by a 2-1 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 8th
Kyle Hendricks was scheduled to pitch Tuesday versus Milwaukee. Within the last hour before the game started, word came down that he was feeling ill and that they were holding him back out of caution.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, Apr 14th
 Hyun Jin Ryu allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Yankees. He didn't factor into the decision.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 1st
Chicago Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks has been scratched from Tuesday's start vs. the Brewers with an illness, per the team.
Jon Mathisen
Tue, Apr 13th
 Hyun Jin Ryu is slated to make his 2021 Spring debut on Friday.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Mar 3rd
Kyle Hendricks went six scoreless innings versus the Brewers Wednesday. He would end up taking the no-decision in a 4-2 10-innings loss.
Jamie Mellor
Thu, Apr 8th
  Kyle Hendricks lasted only three innings on Opening Day, allowing three runs. He gave up four hits and four strikeouts and took the loss.
Jamie Mellor
Fri, Apr 2nd
Notes 
 Fantasy managers expected some regression from Ryu after his career season in 2019 and with him moving to the Blue Jays, but it really didn't come. He continued to be among the best in the game at limiting opposing batters' quality of contact, and upped his strikeout rate to 26.2%, second best of his career. Ryu's 2.69 ERA was a bit higher than the 2.32 mark he put up in in 2019, but his FIP, xFIP, SIERA, and xERA were all the same or better than the previous year. In short, other than the potential for injury, which hasn't been a factor in the last two seasons, there's no reason to doubt Ryu at this point.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Hendricks is the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy pitchers in that he never gets the respect he deserves. He's had an ERA above 3.46 once in his career and he's never had a WHIP higher than 1.19. Yes, his strikeout rate is never going to help fantasy managers, but Dave Ross let him go deeper into games last year (Hendricks' 81 innings pitched were among the most in MLB), so he should make up for his lack of strikeout rate with some additional innings. The Cubs probably won't be a great team but the NL Central has mostly weak offenses, so Hendricks should find his way to enough wins to make a difference. Ignore the fact that he outperforms his expected metrics every year. Hendricks is a reliable, high-end SP3 for a fantasy team. Just be sure to take care of strikeouts elsewhere.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Ryu fits well on certain roto builds. His elite ERA and WHIP numbers give fantasy managers a very strong base at those rate stats. It's much easier to find high-upside strikeout arms later in drafts, which pair well with Ryu's floor. Over the past three seasons only Jacob deGrom (2.10) has a lower ERA than Ryu (2.30).
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Hendricks is the type of fantasy player who can fit perfectly with certain roster construction. As a starting pitcher, he invites contact while suppressing damage on batted balls. This means that his strikeout rate leaves a lot to be desired. However, the ERA and WHIP are always fantastic, which makes Hendricks a perennially undervalued player. By drafting Hendricks in the middle rounds, fantasy managers can load up on high K/9 players later on.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros