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Who Should I Draft?

Kyle Tucker or Clayton Kershaw (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Kyle Tucker
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Kyle Tucker
Expert
Recommendation
52%
Recommended by
29 of 56 experts
48%
Recommended by
27 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 33
Best Rank# 19# 15
Worst Rank# 76# 175
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 35
Best Rank# 26# 30
Worst Rank# 33# 48
   
Projections 
   
Runs88
Home Runs2326
RBI91
Stolen Bases20
Batting Avg.265
Strikeouts176133
Wins14
Saves0
ERA3.24
WHIP1.06
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 43
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 35
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 26# 175
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 25# 36
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 43
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 27# 35
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 33# 41
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 34# 35
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 45
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 38
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 31# 40
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 19# 22
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 36# 41
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 27# 28
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 39# 59
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 21# 30
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 47
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 32
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 26# 42
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 29# 45
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 34# 37
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 27
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 26# 28
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 31# 38
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 31# 33
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 29# 41
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 23# 31
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 35# 15
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 22# 18
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 19
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 22
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 24
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 29# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 76# 25
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 30# 25
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 32# 27
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 31# 29
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 35# 30
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 36# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 33# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 42# 31
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 33# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 38# 32
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 35# 32
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 48# 32
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 52# 34
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 34
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 53# 35
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 40# 36
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 38# 36
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 48# 37
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 52# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 67# 41
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 45# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Kyle Tucker
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Kyle Tucker
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs33
   
Home Runs89
   
RBI42
   
Stolen Bases8
   
Batting Avg.268
   
Strikeouts6246
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.16
   
WHIP0.84
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Kyle Tucker
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Kyle Tucker
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs88
   
Home Runs2326
   
RBI91
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Batting Avg.265
   
Strikeouts176133
   
Wins14
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.24
   
WHIP1.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Kyle Tucker
LF,RF,DH - HOU
Kyle Tucker
News 
 Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (elbow) won't pitch in the 2021 playoffs, per manager Dave Roberts.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Oct 6th
Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker finished 2-for-4 with a single and two-run homer against the Athletics on Sunday. He also struck out once in the effort. Houston ultimately defeated Oakland by a score of 7-6.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Oct 3rd
 Clayton Kershaw left Friday's game with left forearm discomfort. Kershaw threw 42 pitches and gave up five hits, three earned runs, and zero walks with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
Corbin Young
Sat, Oct 2nd
Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Athletics on Saturday. He also struck out once in the process. Houston ultimately defeated Oakland by a score of 10-4.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Oct 3rd
 LHP Clayton Kershaw earned the win on Sunday when he allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Sep 20th
Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker went 1-for-3 with a single against the Rays on Wednesday evening. Houston ultimately fell to Tampa Bay by a score of 7-0.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Sep 30th
 Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker went 1-for-4 with a solo homer against the Athletics on Saturday evening. He also struck out twice in the effort. Houston ultimately fell to Oakland by a score of 2-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 25th
 Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs on four hits over three innings with three strikeouts in his rehab stint on Tuesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Sep 8th
Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker went 0-for-1 against the Angels on Thursday. However, he did draw three walks, steal second base, and score along the way. Houston ultimately fell to Los Angeles by a score of 3-2.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
Notes 
 Kershaw turned back the clock a bit in 2020, as the shortened season allowed him to let things go a bit more and add some of the velocity he had lost over the previous two seasons. The result was his best WHIP and ERA since 2016 and best strikeout rate since 2017. Kershaw isn't going to reach 200 innings pitched at this stage of his career, not with his injury history and the Dodgers' depth in their rotation and World Series aspirations. But even entering his age-33 season, he offers next to no downside. Consider this: Kershaw had probably the worst season of his career in 2019 and pitched to a 3.03 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP with more than a strikeout per inning. Draft him as a strong SP2 but bank on 160 innings. Anything more is gravy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Tucker finally got regular playing time last year and it was mostly what fantasy owners had hoped for. Tucker didn't quite put up his gaudy numbers that he averaged in the minors, but he was on roughly a 25-20 pace while helping out in the other statistical categories. Tucker's batted ball profile didn't completely wow anyone last year, but given his performance, his prospect pedigree and minor-league track record, and his guaranteed spot in a strong lineup, fantasy managers should feel little concern about having Tucker be their first outfielder in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Fresh off his first ever World Series championship, Kershaw continues to graciously ride the aging curve. In fact, he has actually combated a decline in fastball velocity by adding 1 mph in 2020 (90.8 to 90.3 to 91.6 over the past three years). Fantasy managers should also find comfort in the fact that Kershaw has literally never been bad. His highest ERA since 2009 is 3.03 and his highest WHIP since 2011 is 1.04. If seeking safety in the early rounds, Kershaw is your guy.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Many expected Tucker to take off like a rocket once Yordan Alvarez wasn't ready to start the season on time, but it didn't happen right away. Perhaps he was still adjusting to big league pitching. Either way, over his final 140 plate appearances Tucker hit .317/.386/.619 to go along with seven homers and five stolen bases. Set to enter his age-24 campaign, Tucker has the power/speed combination fantasy players dream of.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros