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Who Should I Draft?

Stephen Strasburg or Clayton Kershaw (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
45 of 51 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 8# 10
Best Rank# 5# 2
Worst Rank# 15# 24
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 33
Best Rank# 21# 30
Worst Rank# 26# 47
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8067
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.623.62
WHIP1.161.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 12
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 11
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 11# 20
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 6# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 5# 16
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 7# 21
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 12
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 9# 13
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 7# 10
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 8# 10
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 15# 24
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 10# 12
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 9# 14
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 8# 15
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 9# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 9
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 6# 11
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 9# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 12
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 10# 15
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 7# 10
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 14
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 9# 10
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 16
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 7# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 12
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 9# 10
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 8# 11
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 9# 12
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 18
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 10
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 5# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 7# 20
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 7# 11
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 6# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 12
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 9# 12
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 8# 14
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 10
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 7# 2
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 11# 8
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 15# 11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3329
   
Games Started3328
   
Innings Pitched209.2178.1
   
Wins1816
   
Losses65
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed161145
   
Earned Runs7761
   
Home Runs Allowed2428
   
Strikeouts251189
   
Walks5641
   
ERA3.323.08
   
WHIP1.041.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched70.267.3
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6261
   
Earned Runs2827
   
Home Runs Allowed910
   
Strikeouts8067
   
Walks2016
   
ERA3.623.62
   
WHIP1.161.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg allowed five earned runs in his season debut on Sunday and later admitted in a Zoom call that his hand is still not feeling 100%. From Byron Kerr's story on MASNSports.com, Strasburg says, “To be honest, I felt it. I don’t know if it was necessarily like fatigue or just not having necessarily the stamina built up quite yet. But it’s something where I don’t think I’m doing any long-term harm on it. But it does have an impact on being able to throw the baseball and being able to commit to pitches. That’s something I haven’t quite figured out how to pitch through it yet, so I think the goal is to continue to get built up and get the pitch count up to where that won’t be flaring up over the course of the start.”
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 11th
Clayton Kershaw (1-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Giants. He allowed four runs on seven hits - including three home runs - and one walk in 4.1 innings. He struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 9th
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) will make his season debut on Sunday against the Orioles, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. The goal is reportedly for him to throw 75-80 pitches.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 8th
Clayton Kershaw (1-0) fired 5.2 shutout innings Sunday against Arizona, allowing three hits and striking out six.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 2nd
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday but will now throw a simulated game instead.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 4th
Clayton Kershaw (back) was activated off the 10-day injured list ahead of his start versus the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 2nd
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
Clayton Kershaw (back) will rejoin the Dodgers' rotation and make his season debut Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 31st
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 2nd
Clayton Kershaw (back) is currently in line to start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks or Monday against the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 30th
Notes 
 I can't fully trust Strasburg to stay healthy and the Nat's have babied his inning totals his entire career. The ability is elite, the production and my ranking is slightly dinged by his lack of durability.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Durability is an issue that concerns me less in 60 games than it might if we were in 162, but he isn't an Ace any more. He gets hurt too much and a DL/IL stint is a killer in a 9 week season.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Kershaw silenced the decline talks last year after he put up another good season with an improved SwStr%. In quality starts leagues, he was money for managers, as he consistently went six and seven innings in his starts. He's had to change who he is as a pitcher, as the velocity just isn't there, which gives him little margin for error. He's worth taking still, but he's more of an SP2 at this point.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Peak Kershaw may be gone, but the version that remains is pretty darn good himself. Kershaw passed 175 innings pitched for the first time since 2015 despite starting the season on the IL, and although his ERA crept above 3.00 for the first time since 2008, his overall numbers remain elite. With strong win potential always present, Kershaw is a fine second starter on your staff. But his days of carrying a fantasy team are behind him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 A candidate to be over drafted coming off career-year and playoff heroics
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
No longer an ace but the price to draft him is reasonable. Can expect wins playing for the Dodgers, which can be tough for SPs to find
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros