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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Devin Williams (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
43 of 51 experts
16%
Recommended by
8 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 65
Best Rank# 28# 41
Worst Rank# 117# 118
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 159
Best Rank# 94# 134
Worst Rank# 129# 221
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9991
Wins34
Saves224
ERA3.233.14
WHIP1.191.18
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertMiLB-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 61
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 105
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 75
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 86
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 46
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 118
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 71
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 90
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 70
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 107
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 59
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 74
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 62
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 62
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 66
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 75
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 71
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 86
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 46
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 64
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100# 105
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 63
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 51
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 69
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 58
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 51
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 90
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 56
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 51
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 80
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 59
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 67
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 53
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 60
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 72
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 72
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 96
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 69
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 41
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 65
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 53
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 51
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 46
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 54
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 67
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92# 64
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 60
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 91
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2722
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched27.027.0
   
Wins14
   
Losses21
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds89
   
Hits Allowed148
   
Earned Runs81
   
Home Runs Allowed11
   
Strikeouts5353
   
Walks169
   
ERA2.670.33
   
WHIP1.110.63
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6159
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched61.365.3
   
Wins34
   
Losses33
   
Saves224
   
Blown Saves91
   
Holds618
   
Hits Allowed4048
   
Earned Runs2223
   
Home Runs Allowed77
   
Strikeouts9991
   
Walks3229
   
ERA3.233.14
   
WHIP1.191.18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Devin Williams
RP - MIL
Devin Williams
News 
 The Cleveland Indians have optioned reliever James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus. His roster spot will go to first baseman Bobby Bradley, who was activated from the IL.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
Devin Williams converted the save Tuesday against the Cubs, allowing three hits and striking out two in one inning.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Aug 10th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
Devin Williams converted the save Wednesday against the Pirates, striking out two and walking one in one inning.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 4th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed a run in his lone inning of work in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 11th
Devin Williams was reinstated from the IL on Tuesday.
Dan Harris
Tue, Jul 27th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
Brewers RP Devin Williams (elbow) will play catch on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 20th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right elbow discomfort.
Brad Camara
Sat, Jul 17th
Notes 
 Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
You have to hand it to the Brewers - they produce relievers who put up historically great seasons. Williams wasn't just good in 2020 - he was truly beyond belief. A 0.33 ERA. One run and eight hits allowed in 27 innings. A 44% K-BB%. Williams has battled injuries for much of his career, but given what he did last year, he should be drafted among the elite fantasy relievers in the game. Even if he never gets a save chance with Josh Hader in front of him, his ratios make him more than worth it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
In the shortened 2020 season, Williams became the first reliever to ever win Rookie of the Year without earning a single save. This was a credit to his four wins, nine holds, 0.33 ERA, and 53 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. Williams is once again unlikely to earn many saves in 2021, but his ratios are so elite that he's worth rostering in any and all fantasy leagues. To put in perspective how dominant Williams' changeup is - the spin rate on his changeup led the No. 2 finisher by more than 400 RPM, which was a bigger gap than No. 2 to No. 69. Should anything happen to Josh Hader, Williams would arguably become my top ranked closer in fantasy baseball.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
  Devin Williams was incredible in 2020 and ended up taking home the NL Rookie Year of the Year award. He owned a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and a 53:9 K:BB across 27 innings last season. Williams will be one of the more popular relievers off the board for upcoming fantasy drafts, especially in league formats which use the category solds (save and holds). The Brewers reportedly were looking to move on from current closer Josh Hader. Williams would have the closer job all to himself and can be considered a top-5 reliever if Hader is dealt.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros