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Who Should I Draft?

Lance McCullers Jr. or Kenley Jansen (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
34 of 50 experts
32%
Recommended by
16 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 41
Best Rank# 22# 22
Worst Rank# 67# 68
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 124# 111
Best Rank# 109# 98
Worst Rank# 132# 122
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts15274
Wins104
Saves030
ERA3.723.74
WHIP1.211.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 52
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 43
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 39
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 32# 55
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 27
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 36# 52
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 43# 47
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 41# 44
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 28# 38
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 46
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 32# 56
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 35# 36
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 22# 45
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 41# 47
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 41# 46
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 37# 42
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 25# 68
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 34# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 37# 48
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 48# 63
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 51
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 38# 42
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 39# 53
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 36# 46
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 43# 50
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 32# 44
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 40# 41
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 32# 39
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 44# 50
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 40# 43
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 32# 49
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 37# 41
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 30# 43
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 28# 27
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 35
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 40# 27
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 43# 42
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 44# 22
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 44# 27
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 44# 38
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 44
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 47# 42
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 48# 41
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 49# 41
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 49# 27
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 39
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 51# 50
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 52# 38
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 67# 53
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1127
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched55.124.0
   
Wins33
   
Losses31
   
Saves011
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4418
   
Earned Runs248
   
Home Runs Allowed52
   
Strikeouts5633
   
Walks209
   
ERA3.932.96
   
WHIP1.161.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2663
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched144.260.9
   
Wins104
   
Losses73
   
Saves030
   
Blown Saves010
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed12652
   
Earned Runs6025
   
Home Runs Allowed169
   
Strikeouts15274
   
Walks4817
   
ERA3.723.74
   
WHIP1.211.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Lance McCullers Jr.
SP - HOU
Lance McCullers Jr.
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
News 
 Astros manager Dusty Baker says RHP Lance McCullers is uncertain for his next start in Colorado.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 17th
RHP Kenley Jansen picked up his third save of the year on Wednesday when he worked a scoreless ninth inning vs. Colorado, walking one and striking out three in a 4-2 Dodgers win.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Apr 15th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers had a shaky outing on Wednesday, allowing six runs over the course of 3.2 innings. He also surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 15th
RHP Kenley Jansen earned the save on Sunday when he worked a scoreless ninth inning while striking out two in the Dodgers 3-0 win over the Nationals.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Apr 11th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. proved to be quite effective on Friday night, allowing just one run on two hits over five innings. He also walked three and struck out six. It was all for naught, though, as the bullpen surrendered five runs and Houston lost to the Athletics, 6-2.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 10th
RHP Kenley Jansen struggled with his control on Wednesday, blowing a save by allowing one run on one hit with a pair of walks in the Dodgers 3-4 loss in extra-innings to the A's.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Apr 8th
 In his first start of the season, Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. held the Athletics to just one run, two hits, and three walks over five innings of work. He also struck out seven batters while amassing a respectable 54-41 strikes-to-balls ratio.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 3rd
Kenley Jansen picked up his first save of the season on Saturday when he struck out one and walked one over 1 2/3 innings in the Dodgers 6-5 win over the Rockies.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Apr 4th
 Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros have agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.
Dan Harris
Wed, Mar 24th
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Kenley Jansen will open the season as the team's closer.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 18th
Notes 
 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
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