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Who Should I Draft?

Kenley Jansen or James Karinchak (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
34 of 51 experts
33%
Recommended by
17 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 49
Best Rank# 22# 28
Worst Rank# 68# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 111# 102
Best Rank# 98# 94
Worst Rank# 122# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7499
Wins43
Saves3022
ERA3.743.23
WHIP1.131.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-MiLB
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 43# 55
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 35# 51
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 38# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 44# 60
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 39# 44
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 56
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 39# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 55
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 38# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 22# 61
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 56# 58
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 40
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 45# 100
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 47# 82
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 42# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 68# 117
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 48# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 41# 92
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 38# 62
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 56
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 42# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 53# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 27# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 41# 43
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 42# 61
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 27# 48
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 43# 47
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 27# 37
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 49# 60
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 41# 98
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 43# 65
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 39# 31
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 41# 37
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 42# 36
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 44# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 44# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 46# 43
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 46# 45
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 47# 45
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 47# 38
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 50# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 35
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 50# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 52# 43
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 53# 40
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 55# 47
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 63# 47
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2727
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched24.027.0
   
Wins31
   
Losses12
   
Saves111
   
Blown Saves23
   
Holds08
   
Hits Allowed1814
   
Earned Runs88
   
Home Runs Allowed21
   
Strikeouts3353
   
Walks916
   
ERA2.962.67
   
WHIP1.111.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6361
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched60.961.3
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves3022
   
Blown Saves109
   
Holds26
   
Hits Allowed5240
   
Earned Runs2522
   
Home Runs Allowed97
   
Strikeouts7499
   
Walks1732
   
ERA3.743.23
   
WHIP1.131.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
News 
 RHP Kenley Jansen earned the win on Tuesday when he walked two and struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning in a tie ball game before the Dodgers took down the Rockies 5-4 in extra innings.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 22nd
The Cleveland Indians have optioned reliever James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus. His roster spot will go to first baseman Bobby Bradley, who was activated from the IL.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
 RHP Kenley Jansen earned the save on Wednesday when he punched out three batters over a scoreless ninth inning in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the D-Backs.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 16th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
 Kenley Jansen locked it down in the ninth on Saturday, not allowing a single base runner while striking out one batter.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed a run in his lone inning of work in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 11th
 Kenley Jansen allowed one hit in the ninth, but escaped the inning and earned his 31st save of the year.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
 RHP Kenley Jansen earned his 30th save of the season on Tuesday when he worked a scoreless ninth inning while punching out two batters in the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Braves.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 1st
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
Notes 
 It feels like Jansen has been on the verge of losing his job at several points over the last two seasons, but he continues to receive nearly every save opportunity for the Dodgers. But Jansen is far from the dominant reliever he was in his prime, as his patented cutter has gone from 94 MPH in 2016 to just 90.9 MPH last year. The Dodgers have plenty of depth behind Jansen, including Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly, and Corey Knebel, so Jansen's leash probably won't be all that long. At the same time, Jansen will certainly be the closer coming into the season and has a lengthy track record and a large contract. In today's day and age, that makes him a fairly desirable fantasy closer, despite the concerns.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros