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Kenley Jansen or Clayton Kershaw (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 23
Best Rank# 10# 8
Worst Rank# 33# 51
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 71# 54
Best Rank# 55# 49
Worst Rank# 77# 72
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts83157
Wins312
Saves380
ERA2.882.94
WHIP1.001.05
   
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  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6926
   
Games Started026
   
Innings Pitched72.3161.2
   
Wins19
   
Losses55
   
Saves380
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed54139
   
Earned Runs2449
   
Home Runs Allowed1317
   
Strikeouts82155
   
Walks1729
   
ERA3.012.73
   
WHIP0.991.04
   
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6725
   
Games Started025
   
Innings Pitched66.9154.9
   
Wins312
   
Losses36
   
Saves380
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed52133
   
Earned Runs2151
   
Home Runs Allowed817
   
Strikeouts83157
   
Walks1531
   
ERA2.882.94
   
WHIP1.001.05
   
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 Kenley Jansen secured his 33rd save of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Giants, striking out the side while allowing just one hit.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 28th
Clayton Kershaw picked up the win in his final start of the regular season on Thursday versus San Diego, tossing six scoreless innings while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
 Kenley Jansen struck out one in a scoreless ninth to earn his 31st save of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 25th
Clayton Kershaw improved to 15-5 on Friday versus Colorado, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 21st
 Kenley Jansen struck out two over 1 1/3 perfect innings to record his 30th save of 2019 on Tuesday versus the Rays.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 18th
Clayton Kershaw improved to 14-5 on Friday against the Mets, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 14th
 Kenley Jansen picked up his 29th save of 2019 on Thursday in Baltimore, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 13th
Clayton Kershaw took the loss on Friday against the Giants, allowing three runs on seven hits over four innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 7th
 Kenley Jansen picked up his 28th save of 2019 on Tuesday versus Colorado, allowing a run but preserving the 5-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 4th
Clayton Kershaw struggled on Saturday versus the Diamondbacks, giving up five runs on five hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
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
For the first time in a decade, there is quite a bit of risk with drafting Kershaw. He hasn't pitched 180 innings since 2015 and saw his strikeout rate plummet from 10.4 to 8.6 per nine innings. You can bank on top-notch ratios, but because of the innings a low strikeout totals and a potential shoulder injury, Kershaw has fallen into the third-tier of fantasy pitchers this year.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
The best pitcher of the last decade, Kershaw has seen his innings totals drop to 175 or fewer over each of the last three seasons. He's remained highly effective in those innings, but last year showed some more serious concerns, namely declining velocity and strikeouts. Kershaw remains in a highly-favorable pitching environment in Los Angeles, and given his mastery of the art of pitching, it would not be surprising to see him grit out another season with a sub-3.00 ERA. The question is how many innings he'll be able to throw and whether he can get his strikeout rate back over a batter per inning. Given that he is already experiencing arm soreness in Spring Training, fantasy owners need to proceed cautiously.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Last year, drafters accepted the dice roll of taking 180 otherworldly innings from Kershaw. The gambit fell short not only because of his 161.1 frames--he hasn't topped 175 since 2015--but his performance when healthy. A 2.73 ERA and 1.03 WHIP are still stellar, and he maintained excellent command by issuing 29 walks over 26 starts. Yet his 23.9 K% represents the lowest rate of any starter inside the ECR's top 15. He may not be better than Trevor Bauer, Blake Snell, Carlos Carrasco, or Luis Severino on a per-inning basis, so why take the veteran southpaw knowing back woes (and the Dodgers' careful rotation management) will shield him well short of 200 frames? Spring setbacks should make drafters even more cautious about taking him as a top-15 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros