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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Ian Anderson (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
12 of 20 experts
40%
Recommended by
8 of 20 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 39
Best Rank# 17# 15
Worst Rank# 55# 69
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 106# 102
Best Rank# 92# 89
Worst Rank# 123# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts102155
Wins310
Saves240
ERA3.183.86
WHIP1.211.31
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 37
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 47# 57
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 38# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 30# 69
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 39
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 36# 51
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 33# 43
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 17# 49
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 30# 46
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 29# 26
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 31# 15
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 41# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 42# 33
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 42# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 34
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 50# 34
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played276
   
Games Started06
   
Innings Pitched27.032.2
   
Wins13
   
Losses22
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds80
   
Hits Allowed1421
   
Earned Runs87
   
Home Runs Allowed11
   
Strikeouts5341
   
Walks1614
   
ERA2.671.95
   
WHIP1.111.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6125
   
Games Started025
   
Innings Pitched62.2140.6
   
Wins310
   
Losses37
   
Saves240
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds70
   
Hits Allowed40121
   
Earned Runs2260
   
Home Runs Allowed616
   
Strikeouts102155
   
Walks3563
   
ERA3.183.86
   
WHIP1.211.31
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Ian Anderson
SP - ATL
Ian Anderson
News 
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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
 
 "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