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Who Should I Draft?

Jose Abreu or Clayton Kershaw (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 32# 34
Best Rank# 15# 19
Worst Rank# 54# 76
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 38# 30
Best Rank# 29# 26
Worst Rank# 39# 33
   
Projections 
   
Runs86
Home Runs3323
RBI111
Stolen Bases2
Batting Avg.281
Strikeouts141176
Wins14
Saves0
ERA3.24
WHIP1.06
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 34# 27
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 44# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 34# 30
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 30# 26
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 43# 25
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 26
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 40# 30
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 29# 27
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 38# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 46# 19
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 35# 27
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 31
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 49# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 45# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 21
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 40# 39
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 37
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 37# 35
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 36# 22
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 36# 26
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 40# 29
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 26# 22
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 35# 24
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 35# 31
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 49# 23
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 44# 35
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 15# 26
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 16# 52
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 19# 38
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 21# 76
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 23# 32
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 53
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 24# 31
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 24# 67
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 26# 31
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 26# 29
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 27# 36
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 27# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 42
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 29# 37
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 30# 35
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 30# 40
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 30# 34
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 30# 48
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 31# 33
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 31# 36
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 34# 36
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 37# 38
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 37# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 48
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 43# 52
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs43
   
Home Runs198
   
RBI60
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.317
   
Strikeouts5962
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.16
   
WHIP0.84
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs86
   
Home Runs3323
   
RBI111
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.281
   
Strikeouts141176
   
Wins14
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.24
   
WHIP1.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 on Friday, hitting his 30th double and 30th home run while also drawing a walk.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Oct 2nd
Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (elbow) won't pitch in the 2021 playoffs, per manager Dave Roberts.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Oct 6th
 Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 on Sunday, hitting a single while also drawing two walks. He would score once in the game.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 27th
Clayton Kershaw left Friday's game with left forearm discomfort. Kershaw threw 42 pitches and gave up five hits, three earned runs, and zero walks with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
Corbin Young
Sat, Oct 2nd
 Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 on the day, hitting a single and a double.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
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
 Jose Abreu was just 1-for-4 on the day, but his lone hit was a three-run blast to open the scoring for the White Sox. He also drew a walk and struck out twice.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
 Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 on Thursday, hitting two singles and driving in a run in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Sep 10th
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
Notes 
 For most players, fantasy managers need to consider whether to discount a highly out-of-character dip in their numbers given the shortened season. For Abreu, it's the opposite - whether fantasy managers should give credence to an outstanding MVP season, during which Abreu vastly outperformed his numbers from every other season of his career. Everything was good for Abreu in 2020, everything. He hit the ball harder than ever and consistently. He got on base more. He had career-high paces in every category. Abreu will be entering his age-34 season, so there's no way you should expect a repeat performance, but it's worth noting that he has increased his average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage in each of the last five seasons. Abreu's cost doesn't match his numbers last year, of course, but you'll still have to pay a hefty price in drafts. Given his safety and and his newly-discovered upside, however, it's worth it.
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
  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