Who Should I Draft?

Kenley Jansen or Brad Hand (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
47 of 56 experts
16%
Recommended by
9 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 27
Best Rank# 10# 10
Worst Rank# 33# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 71# 81
Best Rank# 55# 72
Worst Rank# 77# 99
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8394
Wins34
Saves3835
ERA2.883.07
WHIP1.001.13
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6969
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched72.372.0
   
Wins12
   
Losses55
   
Saves3832
   
Blown Saves47
   
Holds010
   
Hits Allowed5452
   
Earned Runs2422
   
Home Runs Allowed138
   
Strikeouts82106
   
Walks1728
   
ERA3.012.75
   
WHIP0.991.11
   
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6769
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched66.969.9
   
Wins34
   
Losses33
   
Saves3835
   
Blown Saves59
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed5254
   
Earned Runs2124
   
Home Runs Allowed88
   
Strikeouts8394
   
Walks1525
   
ERA2.883.07
   
WHIP1.001.13
   
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
News 
 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
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up the win in a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Monday. Hand tossed a scoreless inning, striking out one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 25th
 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
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up his 21st save in a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Friday. Hand allowed one run on two hits in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand got two outs in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. Hand struck out one without allowing a run.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 20th
 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
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Hand allowed one hit and struck out two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday. Hand pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Notes 
 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
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
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
Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros