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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Clayton Kershaw (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
86%
Recommended by
44 of 51 experts
14%
Recommended by
7 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 10
Best Rank# 3# 2
Worst Rank# 18# 24
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 33
Best Rank# 19# 30
Worst Rank# 24# 47
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7967
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.563.62
WHIP1.141.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 12
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 11
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 20
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 16
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 3# 21
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 12
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 12# 13
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 7# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 10
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 10
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 18# 24
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 12
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 7# 14
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 7# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 7# 15
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 8
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 7# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 7# 9
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 7# 11
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 7# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 9# 12
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 6# 15
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 8# 10
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 14
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 10
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 9# 16
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 12
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 8# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 12
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 18
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 8# 11
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 10
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 20
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 8# 11
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 9# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 8# 12
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 5# 12
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 7# 14
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 9# 10
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 8# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 6
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 10
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 11# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 12# 2
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3329
   
Games Started3328
   
Innings Pitched196.1178.1
   
Wins1116
   
Losses85
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed135145
   
Earned Runs6061
   
Home Runs Allowed2528
   
Strikeouts231189
   
Walks5541
   
ERA2.753.08
   
WHIP0.971.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched69.167.3
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5661
   
Earned Runs2727
   
Home Runs Allowed910
   
Strikeouts7967
   
Walks2216
   
ERA3.563.62
   
WHIP1.141.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 The Thursday double-header between the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers has been postponed.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Aug 10th
Clayton Kershaw (1-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Giants. He allowed four runs on seven hits - including three home runs - and one walk in 4.1 innings. He struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 9th
 The Cardinals-Pirates upcoming series (August 10-August 12) has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 9th
Clayton Kershaw (1-0) fired 5.2 shutout innings Sunday against Arizona, allowing three hits and striking out six.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 2nd
 Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that the Cardinals-Pirates game scheduled for Monday August 10th has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 9th
Clayton Kershaw (back) was activated off the 10-day injured list ahead of his start versus the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 2nd
 Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports the Cardinals are not going to Detroit this week.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
Clayton Kershaw (back) will rejoin the Dodgers' rotation and make his season debut Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 31st
 Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the scheduled Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader has officially been postponed.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 1st
Clayton Kershaw (back) is currently in line to start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks or Monday against the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 30th
Notes 
 2019 shocked me and ranking him THIS high confirms that belief, but I can't move him ahead of the leagues Aces after one great season. Close, but not yet.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Durability is an issue that concerns me less in 60 games than it might if we were in 162, but he isn't an Ace any more. He gets hurt too much and a DL/IL stint is a killer in a 9 week season.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 When Jacob deGrom posted his historic 2018 numbers en route to his Cy Young, we knew that there would be regression coming in 2019. Carrying over a 1.70 ERA, 1.94 average against, and a 0.91 WHIP wasn't sustainable, and we knew that. For his encore in 2019, he posted a 2.43 ERA, .205 average against, and a 0.97 WHIP. So when people mention that Flaherty's second half is the driving force around his price tag, they aren't wrong. His second half was historic - especially compared to his first half of 2019, where he struggled mightly. But even with regression to his second-half numbers - 0.91 ERA, .142 average against, and 0.71 WHIP - Flaherty has the pedigree, sample size, and stuff to be the ace for your team. Don't overthink it."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Kershaw silenced the decline talks last year after he put up another good season with an improved SwStr%. In quality starts leagues, he was money for managers, as he consistently went six and seven innings in his starts. He's had to change who he is as a pitcher, as the velocity just isn't there, which gives him little margin for error. He's worth taking still, but he's more of an SP2 at this point.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Peak Kershaw may be gone, but the version that remains is pretty darn good himself. Kershaw passed 175 innings pitched for the first time since 2015 despite starting the season on the IL, and although his ERA crept above 3.00 for the first time since 2008, his overall numbers remain elite. With strong win potential always present, Kershaw is a fine second starter on your staff. But his days of carrying a fantasy team are behind him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
No longer an ace but the price to draft him is reasonable. Can expect wins playing for the Dodgers, which can be tough for SPs to find
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros