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Who Should I Draft?

Kenley Jansen or Lance McCullers Jr. (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
13 of 22 experts
41%
Recommended by
9 of 22 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 43
Best Rank# 23# 27
Worst Rank# 67# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 116# 125
Best Rank# 95# 116
Worst Rank# 133# 136
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts72158
Wins410
Saves310
ERA3.763.75
WHIP1.151.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 50
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 53
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 38
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 45# 56
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 34# 45
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 43# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 42# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 27# 47
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 35
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 54# 67
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 28# 51
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 39# 50
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 42# 43
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 41# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 46# 45
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 27
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 40
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 49# 43
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 50# 29
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 51# 44
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 55# 45
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 67# 46
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2711
   
Games Started011
   
Innings Pitched24.055.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses13
   
Saves110
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed1844
   
Earned Runs824
   
Home Runs Allowed25
   
Strikeouts3356
   
Walks920
   
ERA2.963.93
   
WHIP1.111.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6327
   
Games Started027
   
Innings Pitched60.4149.7
   
Wins410
   
Losses37
   
Saves310
   
Blown Saves110
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed51132
   
Earned Runs2562
   
Home Runs Allowed917
   
Strikeouts72158
   
Walks1853
   
ERA3.763.75
   
WHIP1.151.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
News 
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Kenley Jansen will open the season as the team's closer.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 18th
According to Brian McTaggart, Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros agree to a $6.5 million deal and avoid arbitration. He's coming off a solid 2020 campaign.
Corbin Young
Fri, Jan 15th
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
McCullers made a successful return from Tommy John surgery after missing the 2019 season and looked almost exactly like the 2018 version of himself. His ERA (3.93) and WHIP (1.16) were within seven-tenths of a point of his 2018 numbers, and his walk and strikeout rates fell just slightly. McCullers relied a bit more on his sinker and less on his curveball than in past years, but the two work well together and he continued to throw them in combination about 80% of the time. In short, what you thought of McCullers heading into 2018 is pretty much what you should think of him now. Unfortunately, that includes concerns about his innings, because after a missed year and 55 innings last year, the chances of him topping 150 innings this season are remote. Buy him at his production, but understand that there's likely a hard cap on his innings total.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros