Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Kenley Jansen (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
41 of 56 experts
27%
Recommended by
15 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 22
Best Rank# 11# 10
Worst Rank# 54# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 60# 71
Best Rank# 55# 55
Worst Rank# 68# 77
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts18983
Wins123
Saves038
ERA3.492.88
WHIP1.191.00
   
Misc 
   
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The Athletic
# 11# 26
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 16# 25
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 24
   
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# 13# 23
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 18# 20
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 18# 25
   
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USA Today
# 21# 24
   
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# 15# 16
   
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# 15# 29
   
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# 14# 25
   
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# 17# 23
   
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The Athletic
# 17# 23
   
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
# 14# 32
   
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Fake Teams
# 12# 22
   
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RotoBaller
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FantasyPros
# 17# 27
   
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# 15# 26
   
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# 18# 20
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 17# 19
   
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Razzball
# 14# 22
   
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FantasyPros
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Razzball
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# 12# 14
   
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# 22# 23
   
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# 14# 24
   
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# 21# 24
   
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# 24# 28
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 27
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 19# 16
   
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# 19# 18
   
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Going For 2
# 23# 18
   
KJ
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# 25# 17
   
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# 26# 22
   
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RotoBaller
# 27# 24
   
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# 28# 23
   
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# 32# 31
   
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Razzball
# 33# 10
   
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Brewer Rat
# 33# 21
   
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RotoBaller
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Beast Dome
# 38# 25
   
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The Athletic
# 39# 23
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 54# 22
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2869
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched151.172.3
   
Wins81
   
Losses95
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed10854
   
Earned Runs5624
   
Home Runs Allowed2013
   
Strikeouts18282
   
Walks5917
   
ERA3.343.01
   
WHIP1.110.99
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3067
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched168.666.9
   
Wins123
   
Losses93
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed14052
   
Earned Runs6521
   
Home Runs Allowed218
   
Strikeouts18983
   
Walks6115
   
ERA3.492.88
   
WHIP1.191.00
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
News 
 Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3rd innings Thursday. He walked two and struck out eight. The Cardinals-Mets game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-4 score.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 14th
Kenley Jansen allowed two baserunners but ultimately slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning Sunday night, preserving a 3-2 Dodgers win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He walked three and struck out none in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
Kenley Jansen blew his third save of the year on Saturday versus the Cubs, allowing two runs in the ninth inning as the Dodgers went on to lose 2-1.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Jack Flaherty allowed two runs on four hits over five innings in the Cardinals' 7-4 win over the Cubs on Saturday. He walked none and struck out eight in the no decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
Kenley Jansen picked up his 20th save of the year on Friday, striking out the side in the ninth to preserve the 5-3 win over the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Jack Flaherty fired six scoreless innings and struck out seven in the Cardinals' 4-3 extra innings loss to the Braves on Sunday. He allowed three hits, no walks, and took a no decision.
Elliott Baas
Mon, May 27th
Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth to pick up his 19th save of 2019 on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
 Jack Flaherty received a no-decision in Sunday's quality start versus the Rangers, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
Kenley Jansen picked up his 18th save of Monday versus Arizona, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth en route to a 3-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
Notes 
 Flaherty was absurdly good last season as a rookie and seemed to improve as the year went on, striking out 95 in 76 second half innings. With that said, his walk rate climbed to a dangerous 3.52 per nine innings by seasons end. He has the upside to strike out 240 batters, but there is some risk here as well
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Jansen has been so good for so long that you might automatically assume him to be the top closer once again in 2019, but last year, he was nowhere close to it. Rather, his ERA plummeted to 3.01 with "just" 82 Ks. You can still grab him among the top tier, but you shouldn't even be considering taking him in the first five or six rounds.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Flaherty's first full Major League season was an excellent one, as his 3.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 10.85 K/9 rate demonstrate. But his 3.52 walks per nine were high, and he averaged fewer than six innings per start, limiting his win potential. He also benefited from a .257 BABIP allowed that was low, even for a pitcher with great stuff like Flaherty. If more of those batted balls fall in for base hits, Flaherty may pay a greater price for the free passes this year. His long-term outlook is bright, but there could be some bumps along the way.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Kenley Jansen's numbers declined across the board last season, as he posted the lowest K/9 rate (10.3) and highest ERA (3.01) of his career. And yet he still finished as the seventh-best reliever in standard rotisserie leagues. Jansen has pronounced himself "ready to roll" following his second heart procedure in November, and while players are known for being overly optimistic about their health, there isn't much reason to view Jansen as a major risk to miss time. The projection systems generally expect last year's numbers to be Jansen's new normal, so he could be overvalued if fantasy owners anticipate the Jansen of old, but he should still be regarded as a reliable top-10 closer for 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Flaherty's 3.34 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 151 rookie innings will justifiably make him a popular pick. Buoyed by a lethal slider and a curveball that didn't yield a single extra-base hit, there's easy 200-strikeout upside if he pitches a full season. Yet a 3.52 BB/9 and 57.2% first-pitch rate make the 23-year-old riskier than the typical SP2. He's best paired with a steady, reliable ace.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
What felt like a disastrous season for Jansen would have been great for most other relievers. He registered a career-high 3.01 ERA and career-low 10.3 K/9 substantially below his career average of 13.5. Health is his primary concern after undergoing heart surgery over the offseason, and he reportedly lost 25 pounds and is "ready to roll." Although no longer the premier closer in town, he's still a top-five option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros