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Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Clayton Kershaw (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
43 of 43 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 9
Best Rank# 3# 6
Worst Rank# 8# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 16# 34
Best Rank# 14# 30
Worst Rank# 20# 48
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7767
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.493.57
WHIP1.111.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 12
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 10
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 5# 20
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 14
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 16
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 12
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 12
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 10
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 15
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 15
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 15
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 5# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 5# 9
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 5# 11
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 4# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 5# 12
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 4# 15
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 5# 10
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 5# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 14
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 5# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 11
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 15
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 4# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 12
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 13
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 5# 13
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 12
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 6# 20
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 7
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 4# 11
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 5# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 12
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 8# 11
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 3# 14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3029
   
Games Started3028
   
Innings Pitched182.2178.1
   
Wins1416
   
Losses45
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed152145
   
Earned Runs6661
   
Home Runs Allowed2028
   
Strikeouts215189
   
Walks3741
   
ERA3.263.08
   
WHIP1.041.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched68.866.2
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5960
   
Earned Runs2726
   
Home Runs Allowed910
   
Strikeouts7767
   
Walks1815
   
ERA3.493.57
   
WHIP1.111.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 Walker Buehler allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Athletics. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Mar 6th
Dave Roberts has confirmed that Clayton Kershaw will, again, be the Opening Day starter.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Wed, Jul 8th
 Walker Buehler pitched two perfect innings against the Rockies in his spring debut Saturday, striking out two batters.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Mar 1st
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, and Alex Wood have all thrown three-inning simulated games.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 4th
  Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says he doesn't anticipate starters going beyond four innings their first time through the rotation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 25th
  Clayton Kershaw pitched four scoreless innings against the Tijuana Toros (a Mexican minor-league team) Monday, allowing three hits while striking out four.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Mar 10th
  Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Clayton Kershaw will be the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
Notes 
 Where you take Buehler is all about your approach to pitching in a shortened season. There's a case to take him in the first round, as he has the pure stuff to be the No. 1 pitcher by season's end with his 29 percent strikeout rate and five percent walk rate in 2019.
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
 A 5.22 ERA in April scared fantasy owners, but Buehler quickly recovered from the Dodgers' ill-planned "ease into the year" plan. He looked precisely like the pitcher his fantasy owners had hoped for after that, ending the year with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 29.2% strikeout rate. His meager five percent walk rate was one of the best in the league, and with an incredibly strong offense behind him once again, Buehler should excel in all four of the starting pitching categories in 2020. Have no concerns.
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