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Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or Kevin Gausman (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kevin Gausman
SP,RP - SF
Kevin Gausman
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
41 of 51 experts
20%
Recommended by
10 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 48# 72
Best Rank# 17# 25
Worst Rank# 111# 112
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 137# 162
Best Rank# 127# 146
Worst Rank# 160# 193
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts17477
Wins104
Saves019
ERA3.983.45
WHIP1.221.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 92
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 66
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 64
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 33# 70
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 48# 75
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 41# 50
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 53
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 17# 51
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 46# 82
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 45# 96
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 50# 101
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 21# 53
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 85
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 65
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 49# 53
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 55
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 43# 57
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 45# 71
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 38# 73
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 70# 75
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 45# 71
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 57# 85
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 33# 112
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 45# 50
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 45# 80
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 74
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 70
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 49# 69
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 34# 97
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 33# 51
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 54# 111
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 52# 68
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 51# 91
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 56# 81
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 41# 67
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 54# 60
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 44# 74
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 55# 99
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 49# 62
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 24# 83
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 111# 25
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 35# 34
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 47# 35
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 38# 37
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 60# 43
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 59# 46
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 53# 46
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 64# 54
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 58# 54
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 74# 56
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kevin Gausman
SP,RP - SF
Kevin Gausman
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1218
   
Games Started100
   
Innings Pitched60.316.1
   
Wins32
   
Losses32
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds06
   
Hits Allowed5011
   
Earned Runs248
   
Home Runs Allowed87
   
Strikeouts7918
   
Walks164
   
ERA3.624.50
   
WHIP1.110.94
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kevin Gausman
SP,RP - SF
Kevin Gausman
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2962
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched161.459.8
   
Wins104
   
Losses93
   
Saves019
   
Blown Saves08
   
Holds08
   
Hits Allowed15248
   
Earned Runs7123
   
Home Runs Allowed219
   
Strikeouts17477
   
Walks4419
   
ERA3.983.45
   
WHIP1.221.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kevin Gausman
SP,RP - SF
Kevin Gausman
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
News 
 RHP Kevin Gausman took a no-decision on Tuesday when he allowed four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts across four innings in the Giants' 6-5 win over the Padres.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 22nd
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Giants Sunday, striking out two batters en route to sealing a shutout and his 33rd save of the season.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 19th
 RHP Kevin Gausman took the loss on Thursday when he allowed four runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over five innings in the Giants' 7-4 loss to the Padres.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 16th
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Marlins Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk en route to earning his 32nd save.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 12th
 Kevin Gausman allowed three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out nine across six innings during Saturday's 15-4 win over the Cubs.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Sep 11th
Will Smith pitched the ninth against the Nationals Tuesday, and it was a quiet seven-pitch inning en route to his 31st save.
Steve Painter
Wed, Sep 8th
 RHP Kevin Gausman picked up his 13th win of the season on Monday when he allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts over seven innings as the Giants took down the Rockies 10-5.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Sep 6th
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Rockies Thursday, allowing one hit while striking one batter out en route to earning his 30th save of the year.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 3rd
 RHP Kevin Gausman received a no-decision on Wednesday when he surrendered two runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over five innings pitched as the Giants lost to the Brewers by a score of 5-2.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 2nd
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Giants Friday, allowing a solo homer and striking out one batter en route to his 29th save.
Steve Painter
Sat, Aug 28th
Notes 
 Gausman had the best season of his career with the Giants last season, and accepted a qualifying offer to remain in San Francisco. Gausman not only put up an impressive 3.62 ERA, but he upped his strikeout rate by about nine points to 32.2%. He saw a nice velocity bump on his fastball and leaned into his excellent splitter a bit more than usual. The downside for Gausman is that he really is mostly a fastball/splitter pitcher, meaning that when his splitter isn't working, he's likely to get hit hard. But, we've now at least seen the upside over a full season, and he's a pretty ideal SP4/SP5 if you can get him in that range.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Smith had a rough 2020 season, losing several weeks to a bout with COVID-19 and being far less effective than usual when he did pitch. His dominant slider just wasn't the same, as batters hit .263 (after never hitting better than .193) and tallied a .398 wOBA (after never totaling higher than .282) against it. But Brian Snitker appears to be willing to throw out Smith's poor season almost entirely. Although he hasn't named Smith the closer, he has professed his confidence in him, and there's been speculation from beat writers that Smith will ultimately win the role after a battle with Chris Martin and A.J. Minter. Draft Smith as the presumptive closer unless you hear otherwise from Braves camp.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros