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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Clayton Kershaw (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
65%
Recommended by
33 of 51 experts
35%
Recommended by
18 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 12
Best Rank# 7# 5
Worst Rank# 18# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 30
Best Rank# 27# 26
Worst Rank# 34# 33
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts205176
Wins1214
Saves00
ERA3.483.24
WHIP1.111.06
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 10
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 8# 17
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 12
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 10# 11
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 14
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 11# 13
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 8# 9
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 10# 12
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 11# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 10# 14
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 10# 14
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 13
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 8# 12
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 10# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 11
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 8# 12
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 13# 16
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 10# 14
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 10# 13
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 10# 16
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 8# 12
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 10# 12
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 12
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 11# 12
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 11# 15
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 14
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 11# 12
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 8# 12
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 8# 10
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 11# 12
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 10# 12
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 8# 11
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 8# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 11# 10
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 11# 9
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 11# 10
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 11# 10
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 11
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 12# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 12# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 13# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 13# 11
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 13# 9
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 14# 6
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 15# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 16# 10
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 18# 10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played910
   
Games Started910
   
Innings Pitched40.158.1
   
Wins46
   
Losses32
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed3341
   
Earned Runs2214
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts4962
   
Walks168
   
ERA4.912.16
   
WHIP1.210.84
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3128
   
Games Started3128
   
Innings Pitched173.0167.2
   
Wins1214
   
Losses87
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed138142
   
Earned Runs6760
   
Home Runs Allowed2323
   
Strikeouts205176
   
Walks5435
   
ERA3.483.24
   
WHIP1.111.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 Jack Flaherty (shoulder strain) returned to the Cardinals rotation in the role of an "opener" for the second game of their doubleheader against the Cubs on Friday. However, he recorded only one out and gave up two runs before being removed from the game.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 25th
LHP Clayton Kershaw earned the win on Sunday when he allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Sep 20th
 St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty is scheduled to pitch Game 2 on Friday afternoon.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
 Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty (shoulder) is set to begin throwing sometime over the next couple of days, according to Cardinals' manager Mike Schildt.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Sep 5th
Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs on four hits over three innings with three strikeouts in his rehab stint on Tuesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Sep 8th
 The Cardinals placed RHP Jack Flaherty on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 25th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says that Clayton Kershaw (forearm) might need just one rehab start before rejoining the rotation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 6th
 Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty was removed from Tuesday evening's game with right shoulder tightness.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Aug 24th
Dodgers' SP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) will make a rehab appearance in Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Sep 5th
Notes 
 Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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
 The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - 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