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Who Should I Draft?

Kenta Maeda or Eugenio Suarez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Eugenio Suarez
3B,SS - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
40 of 55 experts
27%
Recommended by
15 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 53# 58
Best Rank# 19# 36
Worst Rank# 135# 107
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 61
Best Rank# 45# 59
Worst Rank# 61# 69
   
Projections 
   
Runs86
Home Runs2338
RBI103
Stolen Bases3
Batting Avg.253
Strikeouts177174
Wins12
Saves0
ERA3.83
WHIP1.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 63
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 57# 63
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 50# 80
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 61# 70
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 89# 97
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 35# 71
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 51
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 49# 63
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 57# 63
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 50# 107
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 55# 68
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 52# 65
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 71
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 65# 77
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 75
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 40# 46
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 46# 48
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 51# 59
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 45# 69
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 58
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 38# 81
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 47# 62
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 49# 51
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 49# 70
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 65
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 50# 55
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 54# 65
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 32# 62
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 56# 61
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 35# 85
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 54# 84
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 44# 53
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 40# 68
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 69# 79
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 51# 58
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 44# 46
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 50# 65
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 54# 71
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 70# 79
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 19# 48
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 47# 38
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 55
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 57# 53
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 60# 44
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 63# 56
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 68# 41
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 69# 66
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 70# 40
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 73# 62
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 79# 59
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 79# 53
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 86# 74
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 93# 36
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 101# 52
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 135# 36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Eugenio Suarez
3B,SS - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs29
   
Home Runs915
   
RBI38
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.202
   
Strikeouts8067
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.70
   
WHIP0.75
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Eugenio Suarez
3B,SS - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs86
   
Home Runs2338
   
RBI103
   
Stolen Bases3
   
Batting Avg.253
   
Strikeouts177174
   
Wins12
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.83
   
WHIP1.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Eugenio Suarez
3B,SS - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
News 
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-5 win over the Rangers on Monday. Maeda struck out eight and walked two in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, May 4th
Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sun, May 2nd
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. Maeda struck out three in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Apr 27th
Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sat, May 1st
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed seven runs over three innings of work in a 13-12 loss to Oakland on Wednesday. Maeda struck out just one and allowed eight hits, including three homers.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 21st
Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to Arizona.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Apr 22nd
 Minnesota right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed three runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings of work in a 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of a Wednesday doubleheader.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 14th
Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over Cleveland.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Apr 17th
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw six innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Maeda struck out six and walked one in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 7th
Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to Arizona.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Apr 11th
Notes 
 Fantasy managers rejoiced when Maeda was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations. In the short season, Maeda went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and a 32.3% strikeout rate. In addition to simply being let loose with his innings, Maeda made a tangible change to his pitch mix, throwing far fewer fastball and more sliders and changeups (though his fastball was as effective as it had ever been last year, too). Maeda surely won't be able to repeat his numbers from 2020, as he allowed just a .208 BABIP, had an 80.2% LOB rate, and benefited from being able to feast on solely the NL and AL Central lineups. But even with some regression, he should still be a rock solid SP2, and should be drafted as such.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Suarez's power numbers were again strong in last year's shortened season, but his batting average plummeted to just .202. He hit the ball as hard as ever, however, and ranked in the top 9% of the league in average exit velocity. Suarez's BABIP was just .214 (he has a .310 mark), and although he hit more fly balls than usual, there's nothing to suggest that his batting average should have fallen off a cliff. In other words, there's plenty of reason to expect Suarez to hit closer to his .261 career batting average this year. Add to that his potential for 40 home runs and 200 combined runs and RBI, and he'll likely be a value in this year's draft.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 In 2020 Maeda joined Jacob deGrom and Shane Bieber as the only three starters to finish top-five in both xFIP and xERA. It was a dominant campaign as his new team, the Twins, finally unleashed him in a way the Dodgers never did. Maeda also finished top-five in swinging strike rate last summer. He admittedly faced the easiest "hub" against AL/NL Central foes, but a large number of his 2021 starts will come against similar opponents. There's still profit to be had with his current ADP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros