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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
67%
Recommended by
34 of 51 experts
33%
Recommended by
17 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 42
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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 44# 41
   
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 starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. His final line included seven hits, two walks, eight strikeouts, and the no-decision. Houston ultimately fell to Arizona by a score of 6-4 in 10 innings.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 19th
RHP Kenley Jansen earned the win on Tuesday when he walked two and struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning in a tie ball game before the Dodgers took down the Rockies 5-4 in extra innings.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 22nd
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed one run (a solo homer) over six innings of work against the Angels on Sunday. His final line included three hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and the win. Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
RHP Kenley Jansen earned the save on Wednesday when he punched out three batters over a scoreless ninth inning in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the D-Backs.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 16th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed two runs over six innings of work against the Mariners on Sunday evening. His final line included four hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. Houston ultimately defeated Seattle by a score of 11-2.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, Sep 7th
Kenley Jansen locked it down in the ninth on Saturday, not allowing a single base runner while striking out one batter.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
 Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. threw five scoreless innings en route to earning the no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday. His final line included four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 4-0.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 1st
Kenley Jansen allowed one hit in the ninth, but escaped the inning and earned his 31st save of the year.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
 Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. allowed four runs on five hits over 6.2 innings of work against the Royals on Wednesday afternoon. His final line also included four walks, seven strikeouts, and the no-decision as Houston ultimately defeated Kansas City by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Aug 25th
RHP Kenley Jansen earned his 30th save of the season on Tuesday when he worked a scoreless ninth inning while punching out two batters in the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Braves.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 1st
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