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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
41 of 56 experts
27%
Recommended by
15 of 56 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 AlertIL60-
   
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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 64# 69
   
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 
 Kenta Maeda is set to undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday, according to Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.
Ari Koslow
Fri, Aug 27th
Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-4 with a double and a two run home run Saturday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Oct 2nd
 Twins' SP Kenta Maeda is seeking second opinions on his forearm injury, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Aug 24th
Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday against the White Sox.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 29th
 Kenta Maeda was placed on the 10-day IL due to forearm tightness. It is unclear when he will be back.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Aug 23rd
Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored Monday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 27th
 Kenta Maeda exited Saturday’s start against the Yankees with forearm tightness.
Chris Schommer
Sat, Aug 21st
Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run Friday against the Nationals.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 25th
 The Twins are pushing Kenta Maeda's next start back to Saturday against the Yankees.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 18th
Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-5 with a solo home runs Monday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 21st
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