Who Should I Draft?

Brad Hand or Craig Kimbrel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
41 of 56 experts
27%
Recommended by
15 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 36
Best Rank# 10# 15
Worst Rank# 41# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 81# 93
Best Rank# 72# 74
Worst Rank# 99# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9489
Wins44
Saves3527
ERA3.072.69
WHIP1.131.04
   
Misc 
   
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The Athletic
# 23# 43
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 37
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 51
   
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# 21# 37
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 28# 47
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 29# 44
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 44
   
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USA Today
# 30# 70
   
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# 10# 31
   
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Razzball
# 36# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 45
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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Beast Dome
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 63
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
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Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
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Razzball
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BretskyBall
# 24# 30
   
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The Athletic
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Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
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# 27# 45
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 29# 31
   
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FanGraphs
# 30# 35
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 42
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 30# 33
   
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FanGraphs
# 30# 34
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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FantasyPros
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RotoBaller
# 32# 60
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
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Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 32# 34
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 47
   
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Fantrax
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Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 34# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 45
   
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Sporfolio
# 24# 20
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 28# 24
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 26
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 30# 29
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 25
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
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Freeze Stats
# 33# 17
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 34# 22
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 25
   
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Razzball
# 36# 33
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 15
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
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Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 38# 27
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 38# 19
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 41# 36
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6963
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched72.062.2
   
Wins25
   
Losses51
   
Saves3242
   
Blown Saves75
   
Holds100
   
Hits Allowed5231
   
Earned Runs2219
   
Home Runs Allowed87
   
Strikeouts10696
   
Walks2831
   
ERA2.752.74
   
WHIP1.110.99
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6961
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched69.959.1
   
Wins44
   
Losses32
   
Saves3527
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed5436
   
Earned Runs2418
   
Home Runs Allowed86
   
Strikeouts9489
   
Walks2525
   
ERA3.072.69
   
WHIP1.131.04
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Hand allowed one hit and struck out two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
Craig Kimbrel will make his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday. Hand pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Craig Kimbrel and the Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday. Hand was dominant as he struck out the side in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 8th
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs and Craig Kimbrel have come to terms, pending a physical.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down a 9-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday. He struck out one on the way to earning his 18th save.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 5th
Craig Kimbrel rumors begin to swirl again after the Brewers lost their closer, Corey Knebel, this week. The standoff between the two is likely money. The Brewers are unable to currently pay the asking price of Kimbrel.
Garett Thomas
Sun, Mar 31st
Notes 
 The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros