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Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or Kenta Maeda (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
36 of 43 experts
16%
Recommended by
7 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 58# 82
Best Rank# 27# 34
Worst Rank# 82# 379
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 164# 175
Best Rank# 147# 134
Worst Rank# 175# 213
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6028
Wins41
Saves04
ERA4.413.19
WHIP1.271.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 110
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 59# 66
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 77# 94
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 61# 75
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 59# 119
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 59# 90
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 62# 112
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 54# 82
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 61# 78
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 43# 116
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 59# 82
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 53
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 79# 86
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 62# 80
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 52# 59
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 60# 379
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 59# 80
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 56# 85
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 48# 111
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 56# 94
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 50# 79
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 29# 86
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 77
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 45# 89
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 38# 94
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 89
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 46# 107
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 43# 72
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 86
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 50# 101
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 33# 80
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 27# 72
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 62# 95
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 57# 81
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 41# 82
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 59# 83
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 34
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 68# 39
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 47
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 70# 62
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 81# 64
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 71# 64
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 82# 75
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3763
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched154.165.2
   
Wins106
   
Losses80
   
Saves334
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds40
   
Hits Allowed11446
   
Earned Runs6920
   
Home Runs Allowed2210
   
Strikeouts16996
   
Walks5121
   
ERA4.042.76
   
WHIP1.071.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1221
   
Games Started100
   
Innings Pitched56.321.1
   
Wins41
   
Losses31
   
Saves04
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed5216
   
Earned Runs287
   
Home Runs Allowed93
   
Strikeouts6028
   
Walks197
   
ERA4.413.19
   
WHIP1.271.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
News 
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw four scoreless innings in a 7-6 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday. Maeda struck out six and gave up just two hits in the start.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Mar 9th
The Braves placed Will Smith on the COVID-19 injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 5th
 Kenta Maeda allowed a homer, a single, and a walk in the first start with his new team.
Michael Felner
Tue, Feb 25th
Will Smith pitched an inning Wednesday, allowing a walk and recording two strikeouts.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 11th
 Kenta Maeda will officially be sent to the Minnesota Twins as part of the three-team 'megadeal' that will send Mookie Betts to the Dodgers.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Feb 9th
Will Smith allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings Sunday against the Yankees.
Steve Painter
Sun, Mar 8th
 The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins as part of the Mookie Betts-David Price deal, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Brad Camara
Tue, Feb 4th
Will Smith put in an inning of work Tuesday, striking out one and allowing no hits or walks.
Steve Painter
Tue, Feb 25th
Notes 
 Arguably no player benefits more from a shortened season than Maeda. He won't be moved to the bullpen, and he's posted must-start numbers over his career as a starter. The Twins will be less incline to have him throw fewer innings, too, as they don't have the depth the Dodgers had.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Smith tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been at Braves camp yet as of mid-July. When healthy, he'll be the prime handcuff for Mark Melancon, but with a shortened season and with his health concerns, there's little reason to draft him at the moment.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Maeda should be the rare pitcher who benefits from a move to the American League. The Dodgers have moved him back and forth from the bullpen to the starting rotation to manipulate his innings and avoid paying him bonuses for years. Now, he should stick in the Twins' rotation, and approach the 175 innings he threw in 2016. Given that he had the highest swinging strike rate (14.6%) and chase rate (34.8%) of his career last year and will be moving to a division that saw three of the other four teams rank in the bottom seven in runs scored in 2019, consider the needle on Maeda moving up.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
The Braves bullpen is so good, that Smith may not get the saves we want or need him to get.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros