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Jameson Taillon or Kenley Jansen (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 22
Best Rank# 11# 10
Worst Rank# 40# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 66# 71
Best Rank# 54# 55
Worst Rank# 72# 77
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts17383
Wins123
Saves038
ERA3.652.88
WHIP1.231.00
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 24
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 20# 23
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 13# 20
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 13# 25
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 16# 24
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 24# 29
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 25
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 20# 21
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 23
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 18# 23
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 26# 28
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 28
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 18# 22
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 16# 24
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 17# 23
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 27
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 16# 32
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 17# 22
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 20# 23
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 12# 22
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 13# 25
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 24# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 25
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 13# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 20# 22
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 31
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 27# 33
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 20# 23
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 18# 24
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 24
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 21# 28
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 27
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 18# 17
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 19# 18
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 21# 17
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 21# 14
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 20
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 24# 23
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 16
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 25# 18
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 24
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 26# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 28# 20
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 28# 26
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 22
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 29# 23
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 22
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 29# 25
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 21
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 31# 27
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 31# 20
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 37# 16
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 38# 23
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 40# 10
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3269
   
Games Started320
   
Innings Pitched191.272.3
   
Wins141
   
Losses105
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed17954
   
Earned Runs6824
   
Home Runs Allowed2013
   
Strikeouts17982
   
Walks4617
   
ERA3.203.01
   
WHIP1.180.99
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3267
   
Games Started320
   
Innings Pitched186.766.9
   
Wins123
   
Losses103
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed18152
   
Earned Runs7621
   
Home Runs Allowed218
   
Strikeouts17383
   
Walks4815
   
ERA3.652.88
   
WHIP1.231.00
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
News 
 In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Jake Elmore, the Pirates have moved Jameson Taillon to the 60-day injured list.
Andrew Seifter
Mon, May 13th
Kenley Jansen allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work while locking down his 22nd save of the year on Thursday versus the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 21st
 The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the 10-day IL with a right elbow flexor strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 4th
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
 Jameson Taillon allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 6.1 innings in the Pirates' 7-5 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He walked two and struck out five while improving to 2-3.
Elliott Baas
Wed, May 1st
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
 Jameson Taillon allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in the Pirates' 5-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He walked none and struck out five while falling to 1-3.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Apr 25th
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
 Jameson Taillon improved to 1-2 after allowed one run on four hits over five innings in the Pirates' 4-1 rain-shortened win over the Giants on Saturday. He walked one and struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Apr 21st
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
Notes 
 If you look at Taillon's second half, it may seem as though he broke out into an ace, but the underlying metrics tell a different story. Rather, he was propped up by a great deal of BABIP and HR/FB ratio luck. Most likely, he will continue to pitch like a good #3 this season for Pittsburgh.
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
 Finally healthy after dealing with injuries and a cancer diagnosis, Taillon established himself in 2018 as a pitcher who can provide solid ratios, albeit it with a middling strikeout rate. He benefits from a very pitcher-friendly environment in Pittsburgh, boosting his fantasy floor, but he simply doesn't belong among the top-25 fantasy starters until he begins to pile up the Ks.
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
 Taillon quietly developed into an ace late in 2018, posting a 2.63 ERA over his last 21 starts. That's not an entirely arbitrary endpoint, as he unleashed a slider-one of three pitches to net a double-digit swinging-strike rate-in June. The pitch could help him unlock a few more punchouts, but the 27-year-old has the look of a polished SP2 who can at least post a mid-threes ERA with a steady WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
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