Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or Cody Allen (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Cody Allen
RP - MIN
Cody Allen
Expert
Recommendation
91%
Recommended by
51 of 56 experts
9%
Recommended by
5 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 60
Best Rank# 26# 26
Worst Rank# 87# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 156
Best Rank# 106# 145
Worst Rank# 142# 206
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8779
Wins33
Saves2930
ERA3.163.86
WHIP1.211.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-MiLB
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 59# 70
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 62# 68
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 68
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 48# 59
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 53# 64
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 50# 74
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 82
   
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USA Today
# 41# 73
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 54# 71
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 63
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 43# 59
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 37# 61
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 38# 68
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 36# 63
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 57
   
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The Athletic
# 47# 81
   
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# 55# 60
   
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# 51# 60
   
Andrew Gould
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# 39# 65
   
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# 39# 62
   
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BretskyBall
# 53# 59
   
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The Athletic
# 35# 55
   
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# 52# 55
   
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The Athletic
# 57# 88
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 43# 60
   
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Fake Teams
# 31# 53
   
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# 43# 77
   
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# 42# 78
   
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# 87# 110
   
Chris Meyers
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# 54# 65
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 47# 65
   
Nick Pollack
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# 45# 61
   
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RotoBaller
# 57# 73
   
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RotoBaller
# 40# 62
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 52# 63
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 52# 93
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 73
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 52# 71
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 42# 77
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 36# 57
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 37# 88
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 59# 68
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 52# 70
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 56# 63
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 58# 71
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 48# 61
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 35# 72
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 49# 99
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 49# 92
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 58
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 40# 33
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 55# 53
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 70# 49
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 71# 26
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 72# 61
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Cody Allen
RP - MIN
Cody Allen
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5970
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.167.1
   
Wins24
   
Losses36
   
Saves1227
   
Blown Saves45
   
Holds157
   
Hits Allowed2458
   
Earned Runs1035
   
Home Runs Allowed111
   
Strikeouts8580
   
Walks2533
   
ERA1.564.70
   
WHIP0.851.36
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Cody Allen
RP - MIN
Cody Allen
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6266
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.865.5
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2930
   
Blown Saves106
   
Holds23
   
Hits Allowed4255
   
Earned Runs2228
   
Home Runs Allowed69
   
Strikeouts8779
   
Walks3427
   
ERA3.163.86
   
WHIP1.211.24
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Cody Allen
RP - MIN
Cody Allen
News 
 Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday night that Jose Leclerc is close to regaining the closer role.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 6th
Cody Allen is signing a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
Cody Allen was released by the Angels Tuesday after being designated for assignment Saturday.
Jonathan Limehouse - Jonathan Limehouse Fantasy Pros
Tue, Jun 18th
 Jose Leclerc left Monday's appearance versus Seattle with cramping in both of his calves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
The Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
Cody Allen threw a scoreless inning on Friday against the Orioles. He allowed a walk and struck out two in the win.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, May 11th
 Rangers manager Chris Woodward says Jose Leclerc will function as the team's "opener" on Friday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 16th
Allen hasn't pitched since going on the injured list April 26 with a back ailment.
James Bisson
Tue, May 7th
Notes 
 Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Allen had accrued a sub-3.00 ERA and K/9 above 11.0 in four straight seasons before his ERA ballooned to 4.75 with 80 strikeouts in 67 frames (10.75 K/9) last season. A massive 50.6% fly-ball rate led to a career-high 11 home runs surrendered. Here's the good news: He still found a ninth-inning gig with the Angels. The gopheritis and alarming walk increase (4.42 BB/9) make him a ratio risk, but Allen offers a rare source of affordable saves.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Allen's last year in Cleveland turned out to be his worst, but that didn't stop the Angels from signing him as their new ninth-inning man. Allen's strikeout rate fell of a bit last season, but the bigger concerns were his ballooning walk rate, declining velocity, and the high amount of hard contact allowed. Allen has plenty of job security and should be a serviceable closer on an above-average team, but it would be unwise to expect a return to a sub-3.00 ERA, sub-1.20 WHIP, or 12+ K/9. He's a mid-tier closing option for 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
It seemed as though Ty Buttrey, Bedrosian and Anderson were going to compete for saves in LA, but then they signed Allen who figures to get the job. Don't be surprised if he losses the gig early, however, if he struggles like we saw last season. Don't consider him a lock for 25 saves again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros