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Who Should I Draft?

Liam Hendriks or Edwin Diaz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Liam Hendriks
RP - OAK
Liam Hendriks
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
77%
Recommended by
34 of 44 experts
23%
Recommended by
10 of 44 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 35
Best Rank# 22# 18
Worst Rank# 57# 73
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 118
Best Rank# 82# 103
Worst Rank# 115# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts3337
Wins11
Saves1110
ERA2.973.32
WHIP1.081.08
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 41
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 38# 47
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 25# 27
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 37# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 37# 41
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 32# 35
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 30# 34
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 27
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 32# 47
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 28# 34
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 42# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 46# 73
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 34# 39
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 39# 50
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 27# 45
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 48
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 45# 46
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 35# 56
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 28# 53
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 27# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 47
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 30
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 30# 31
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 34# 42
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 35# 46
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 27# 34
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 32# 39
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 30# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 28# 27
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 34# 25
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 35# 18
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 29
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 37# 24
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 44# 42
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 44# 39
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 46# 39
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 47# 39
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 57# 31
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Liam Hendriks
RP - OAK
Liam Hendriks
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7566
   
Games Started20
   
Innings Pitched85.158.1
   
Wins42
   
Losses47
   
Saves2526
   
Blown Saves77
   
Holds81
   
Hits Allowed6158
   
Earned Runs1736
   
Home Runs Allowed515
   
Strikeouts12499
   
Walks2122
   
ERA1.805.59
   
WHIP0.961.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Liam Hendriks
RP - OAK
Liam Hendriks
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2523
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched24.823.9
   
Wins11
   
Losses11
   
Saves1110
   
Blown Saves52
   
Holds11
   
Hits Allowed2018
   
Earned Runs89
   
Home Runs Allowed33
   
Strikeouts3337
   
Walks78
   
ERA2.973.32
   
WHIP1.081.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Liam Hendriks
RP - OAK
Liam Hendriks
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 Liam Hendriks pitched one inning against the Cubs Monday night, giving up one hit and striking out three.
Aaron Hudson
Mon, Mar 2nd
Edwin Diaz has yet to be formally named the Mets' closer heading into the start of the regular season. Manager Luis Rojas declined to commit to Diaz as the team's closer, admitting "I don't know yet. We'll get there at some point."
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jul 5th
  Mets reliever Edwin Diaz did not a allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over the course of a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 12th
Notes 
 The A's haven't had the same reliever lead them in saves in back-to-back seasons since Grant Balfour in 2012.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Jarred Kelenic was traded for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. Diaz will get another shot to make this trade seem a little less bad than it was, but with Dellin Betances waiting in the wings, the leash won't be long.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 If Hendriks' 2019 performance doesn't convince you to wait on closers, nothing will. An afterthought in drafts pitching behind Blake Treinen, Hendriks not only took the closer's role for the A's but also developed into one of the best relievers in the game. A velocity bump made his fastball nearly unhittable and he rarely gave up home runs. He'll be given the chance to repeat his performance, but whether he can is an entirely open question.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Diaz is clearly an exceptional talent as demonstrated by his insane 2018 campaign, but we are talking about a 10th round pick who didn't even manage to finish among the top 50 relievers last season. Sure, the 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP are likely to come down but will it happen long enough to hold onto the closer job all year?
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros