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Who Should I Draft?

Matt Barnes or John Means (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  John Means
SP - BAL
John Means
Matt Barnes
RP - BOS
Matt Barnes
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
39 of 50 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 74# 89
Best Rank# 39# 58
Worst Rank# 197# 136
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 229# 221
Best Rank# 197# 202
Worst Rank# 290# 234
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts12984
Wins84
Saves022
ERA4.643.86
WHIP1.241.31
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 80
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 74# 96
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 93# 108
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 81
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 76# 89
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 77# 89
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 75# 116
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 68# 71
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 68# 84
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 67# 115
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 77# 86
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 51# 84
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 78# 80
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 69# 104
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 80# 95
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 74# 84
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 95# 109
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 66# 90
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 58
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 80# 84
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 86# 125
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 75# 87
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 81# 90
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 75# 136
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 63# 95
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 79
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 78# 94
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 79# 103
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 101# 103
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 83# 98
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 73# 89
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 76# 84
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 39# 100
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 77# 101
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 89# 105
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 75# 83
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 61# 108
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 82# 93
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 54# 100
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 111# 58
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 70# 69
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 89# 74
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 197# 74
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 90# 74
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 84# 75
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 121# 75
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 103# 80
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 83
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 129# 90
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 97# 96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  John Means
SP - BAL
John Means
Matt Barnes
RP - BOS
Matt Barnes
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1024
   
Games Started100
   
Innings Pitched44.223.2
   
Wins21
   
Losses43
   
Saves09
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds04
   
Hits Allowed3618
   
Earned Runs2211
   
Home Runs Allowed124
   
Strikeouts4231
   
Walks714
   
ERA4.534.30
   
WHIP0.981.39
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  John Means
SP - BAL
John Means
Matt Barnes
RP - BOS
Matt Barnes
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2963
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched149.161.6
   
Wins84
   
Losses103
   
Saves022
   
Blown Saves010
   
Holds012
   
Hits Allowed14851
   
Earned Runs7726
   
Home Runs Allowed298
   
Strikeouts12984
   
Walks3730
   
ERA4.643.86
   
WHIP1.241.31
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  John Means
SP - BAL
John Means
Matt Barnes
RP - BOS
Matt Barnes
News 
 John Means struck out nine, allowing zero runs, three hits, and two walks over seven innings.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Apr 19th
Matt Barnes picked up his third save of the season on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, allowing a hit and striking out one to preserve the 4-2 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 21st
 John Means allowed three earned runs on five hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Apr 14th
Matt Barnes recorded his first save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Twins, striking out one in a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 14th
 John Means threw 93 pitches, allowing seven hits and one run while walking two and striking out five against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Thu, Apr 8th
Matt Barnes earned the win on Saturday against the Orioles, striking out two while pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Apr 11th
 John Means threw 97 pitches over seven innings, allowing one hit while striking out five as the Orioles topped the Red Sox, 3-0 on Opening Day.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Fri, Apr 2nd
Matt Barnes worked a scoreless inning in a non-save situation on Sunday against the Orioles.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Apr 5th
  Red Sox manager Alex Cora declined to name an official closer on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 1st
Notes 
 Means's 4.53 ERA and grotesque home run rate are probably going to scare the casual fantasy manager away, but there is a ton to like about him heading into 2021. First, Means had a weird year last season, as he dealt with arm fatigue early and then his father passed away, so his schedule was certainly thrown up into the air at the start. Probably because of those difficulties, his outstanding changeup wasn't effective earlier in the season, but it was back to being his money pitch by season's end. Add to that Means' increase in velocity, his strong finish (1.52 ERA, 30 strikeouts over his last four starts), and his excellent command, and there's a breakout waiting to happen, despite the tough division.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Barnes may begin the year as the closer, but it's hardly a guarantee that he'll keep the role. His walk rate has been above 13% for each of the last two seasons, and his WHIP is 1.38 over that span. Adam Ottavino, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Hirokazu Sawamura are in play to take over for Barnes if he struggles. For now, consider Barnes on the very tail end of draftable relievers in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Means has always been good at limiting walks (95th percentile walk rate in 2020) but last summer he also added two mph to his fastball velocity. While the box score results weren't immediate, Means finished the year on a tear. Over his final four starts the lefty posted a 30:3 K:BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings pitched. This type of skill change is something to buy into late in drafts.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Red Sox manager Alex Cora wants to name a closer this year. The last time he managed was in 2019 when Boston infamously used a closer-by-committee approach. It was a disaster. Barnes' 2020 could also be viewed as a disaster, though, so why should fantasy managers be willing to buy back in this year? Like many players, Barnes talked about how it was tough to build up for the shortened season. He then finished the year on a roll, securing 9-of-12 save chances with a 3.38 ERA after Brandon Workman was traded. Barnes is underrated in terms of K/9, and he struggles with control at times, but he's the favorite to lead the Red Sox in saves this season.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros