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Who Should I Draft?

Liam Hendriks or Stephen Strasburg (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
65%
Recommended by
33 of 51 experts
35%
Recommended by
18 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 19# 22
Best Rank# 14# 8
Worst Rank# 57# 122
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 55# 59
Best Rank# 49# 54
Worst Rank# 62# 74
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts91169
Wins411
Saves310
ERA2.933.72
WHIP1.021.18
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 20
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 31# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 16# 19
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 20# 24
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 23# 29
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 21
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 21# 25
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 17# 36
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 17# 24
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 23
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 22# 45
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 30
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 18# 27
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 29
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 29
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 25
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 19# 21
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 28
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 23
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 26
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 18# 24
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 17# 21
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 31
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 24# 30
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 20# 21
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 14# 33
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 19# 21
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 20# 122
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 19# 26
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 19# 21
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 18# 15
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 19# 17
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 20# 8
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 20# 14
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 20# 18
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 21# 18
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 21# 20
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 16
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 21# 20
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 20
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 22# 20
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 22# 17
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 24# 20
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 25# 15
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 29# 20
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 31# 20
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 25
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 57# 51
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played242
   
Games Started02
   
Innings Pitched25.15.2
   
Wins30
   
Losses11
   
Saves140
   
Blown Saves10
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed148
   
Earned Runs56
   
Home Runs Allowed11
   
Strikeouts372
   
Walks31
   
ERA1.7810.80
   
WHIP0.671.80
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6327
   
Games Started027
   
Innings Pitched66.0152.8
   
Wins411
   
Losses37
   
Saves310
   
Blown Saves70
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed51137
   
Earned Runs2163
   
Home Runs Allowed820
   
Strikeouts91169
   
Walks1644
   
ERA2.933.72
   
WHIP1.021.18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
News 
 Liam Hendriks came into a non-save opportunity on Friday, striking out the side and securing the 8-1 victory for Chicago.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Oct 2nd
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (neck) will undergo neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery. He will miss the rest of the 2021 season.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 27th
 Liam Hendricks allowed a lead off single, but then composed himself and got the next three batters out, two of which were via strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 28th
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (neck) had an “uncomfortable” feeling in his neck following Wednesday’s bullpen session.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 23rd
 Liam Hendricks gave up one hit in the inning, but escaped the ninth unscathed with one strikeout to secure the win.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 27th
Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck) threw from the bullpen mound on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 19th
 Liam Hendriks had a clean 1-2-3 eighth inning on Tuesday, striking out two batters in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg has suffered a setback after throwing a sim game recently. He felt some discomfort in his neck shortly after the outing.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Jul 17th
 Liam Hendricks allowed just one hit, an infield single, in the inning as he secured the victory for the White Sox.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
Nationals' starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Monday. Strasburg hasn't pitched since June 1.
Corbin Young
Tue, Jul 6th
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
Strasburg was limited to just five innings in 2020, with an injury that eventually required carpal tunnel syndrome. Although that's a minor surgery, the truth is that fantasy managers have very little data as to the impact and/or successful recovery rate after that surgery for pitchers. Strasburg's a tricky draft pick in any given year - he always provides strong value when he's on the mound, but has only topped 200 innings pitched twice in his career. Now entering his age-33 season, Strasburg will likely again provide excellent overall numbers assuming he is healthy. He looks great in the spring, though he's currently battling a minor calf injury, though it shouldn't keep him out for long. Draft him as an SP2, but anything more than 160 innings is gravy.
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