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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been "the man" for quite some time, but the recent news of him being shut down indefinitely has left fantasy baseball owners with an unsettling feeling about him heading into the 2019 MLB season.

While the numbers don't necessarily tell the story of a pitcher who isn't getting any younger, Kershaw may not be worth the second- or third-round pick that he is currently projected to be. And this recent news of the shutdown isn't helping his ​fantasy draft stock

Since entering the league, Kershaw has only had an earned run average (ERA) above 3.00 once in his 11-year MLB career. However, it has been the declining number of strikeouts over the last three seasons that is terrifying prospective fantasy owners – even before this recent news of an "indefinite" shutdown. 

Last season, Kershaw's number of wins fell off a cliff, as it was the first time he failed to reach double-digit victories since 2009 – and just the time in his career. Not to mention, Kershaw's 3.3 wins above replacement (WAR) was his lowest since his rookie campaign in 2008.

If Kershaw falls to you in the fourth round or later, you'll feel like it's Christmas Day morning and you snagged your favorite ​sleeper pick all over again, but his ADP remains first-round worthy right now. When you hear the words "indefinite shutdown" when it's related to your fantasy team's ace, that means it might be best to look at other pitchers ranked in the ​top 10 starting pitchers before you consider Kershaw in your upcoming draft. 

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