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Who Should I Draft?

Liam Hendriks or Sonny Gray (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
Expert
Recommendation
74%
Recommended by
37 of 50 experts
26%
Recommended by
13 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 19# 28
Best Rank# 14# 16
Worst Rank# 57# 120
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 55# 90
Best Rank# 49# 80
Worst Rank# 62# 111
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts91179
Wins411
Saves310
ERA2.933.79
WHIP1.021.22
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 46
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 20# 41
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 16# 23
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 20# 32
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 48
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 29# 35
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 20# 43
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 22
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 21# 22
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 17# 31
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 20# 25
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 17# 43
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 27
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 22# 25
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 44
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 18# 39
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 31
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 19# 31
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 33
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 18# 35
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 18# 34
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 17# 31
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 21# 50
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 25# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 21# 23
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 24# 49
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 20# 49
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 22# 26
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 14# 27
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 19# 28
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 20# 120
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 21# 22
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 19# 32
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 19# 18
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 19# 16
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 19
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 20
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 20
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 17
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 22# 21
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 23# 20
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 24# 21
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 31# 19
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 20
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 57# 28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2411
   
Games Started011
   
Innings Pitched25.156.2
   
Wins35
   
Losses13
   
Saves140
   
Blown Saves10
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed1442
   
Earned Runs523
   
Home Runs Allowed14
   
Strikeouts3772
   
Walks326
   
ERA1.783.70
   
WHIP0.671.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6329
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched66.0157.6
   
Wins411
   
Losses38
   
Saves310
   
Blown Saves70
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed51132
   
Earned Runs2166
   
Home Runs Allowed819
   
Strikeouts91179
   
Walks1659
   
ERA2.933.79
   
WHIP1.021.22
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
News 
 Liam Hendriks retired the lone batter he faced to earn the save during Tuesday's 8-5 win over Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 21st
Sonny Gray allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings Saturday against Cleveland, while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Apr 17th
 Liam Hendriks allowed one hit and struck out one across one inning to earn the save in Game 1 of Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 18th
The Reds activated RHP Sonny Gray (back) from the 10-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 17th
 Liam Hendriks allowed one run on two hits and struck out two in one inning, taking a blown save in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning loss versus the Royals.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 11th
Reds starter Sonny Gray threw a simulated game on Saturday. According to manager David Bell, the right-hander looked good and should make a start this coming week.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Apr 11th
 Liam Hendriks struck out one across a perfect inning during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss to the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 7th
Reds RHP Sonny Gray (back) is scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 9th
 Liam Hendriks allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings to earn the save in Friday’s 12-8 win over the Angels.
Brad Camara
Sat, Apr 3rd
Reds manager David Bell said Saturday that Sonny Gray is doing well after pitching in a simulated game Wednesday, but remains without a timetable to return to the rotation.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Apr 3rd
Notes 
 Hendriks showed last year that his 2019 breakout season was not a fluke, as he improved on just about all of his numbers. Not only did he put up 14 saves in the shortened season, but he dropped his ERA to 1.78, his WHIP to 0.67, and his walk rate to just 3.3%. In short, there's nothing negative you can possibly take away from his 2020 season. Despite moving to a worse park with the White Sox, Hendriks is, without question one of the top closers in fantasy, and should be either the first or second (behind only Josh Hader) relief pitcher drafted.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Two dreadful starts late in the season severely hurt what was otherwise a strong 2020 campaign for Gray, though it was a bizarre year. His strikeout rate surpassed 30% for the first time in his career, while his walk rate jumped to 11.1%. He was also far more hittable, particularly his slider and curveball, which had been dominant pitches in 2019. But even if Gray simply repeats his 2020 season, his strikeout rate and decent ERA and WHIP should be enough to make him a borderline SP2 for fantasy leagues. He will likely begin the year on the IL after experiencing back spasms in mid-March, but the injury doesn't sound like it will keep him out for long. Considering we've seen much more than that from him in 2019, fantasy managers should have little hesitation drafting him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Hendriks has the most fWAR among relievers over the past two seasons. He got even better in 2020 as both his walk-rate and strikeout-rate ranked within the 98th percentile. Set to exclusively handle the ninth inning for one of the best teams in the American League, Hendriks can confidently be drafted as a top-three closer for 2021 fantasy baseball drafts.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros