Who Should I Draft?

Brad Hand or Kirby Yates (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
97%
Recommended by
57 of 59 experts
3%
Recommended by
2 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 40
Best Rank# 10# 24
Worst Rank# 41# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 81# 108
Best Rank# 72# 100
Worst Rank# 99# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9488
Wins43
Saves3529
ERA3.073.17
WHIP1.131.11
   
Misc 
   
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Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 23# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 31
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 21# 40
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 28# 48
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 29# 42
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 29
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 30# 48
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 10# 38
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 36# 47
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 36
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 38# 89
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 29# 34
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 28# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 16# 56
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 34# 36
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 35# 37
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 30# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 34
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 18# 40
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 26# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 44
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 31# 38
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 23# 24
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 24# 48
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 26# 34
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 37
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 30# 48
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 29# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 30
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 27# 39
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 67
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 30# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 31# 46
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 43
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 37
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 30# 39
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 30# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 45
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 29# 40
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 45
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 25# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 32# 66
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 24# 29
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 48
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 32# 50
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 49
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 56
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 51
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 32# 43
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 30# 44
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 26# 59
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 30# 51
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 38# 52
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 34# 43
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 36# 59
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 36
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 30
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 41# 37
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6965
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched72.063.0
   
Wins25
   
Losses53
   
Saves3212
   
Blown Saves71
   
Holds1016
   
Hits Allowed5241
   
Earned Runs2215
   
Home Runs Allowed86
   
Strikeouts10690
   
Walks2817
   
ERA2.752.14
   
WHIP1.110.92
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6965
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched69.963.1
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves3529
   
Blown Saves96
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed5449
   
Earned Runs2422
   
Home Runs Allowed88
   
Strikeouts9488
   
Walks2521
   
ERA3.073.17
   
WHIP1.131.11
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
News 
 Cleveland Indians left-hander Brad Hand was sent back to Cleveland on Wednesday for an MRI. Adam Cimber picked up the save against the Angels in Hand's absence.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
Kirby Yates picked up his 39th save of the year on Saturday against the Giants, striking out the side to preserve the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
 Cleveland Indians left-hander Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Sunday. He struck out one and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 9th
Kirby Yates earned his 38th save of the season on Monday versus the Dodgers, striking out the side to protect the 4-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 27th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand gave up two runs in the ninth inning of an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. He got just one out in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Kirby Yates registered his 37th save of the year on Sunday versus the Red Sox, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand threw a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 2-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Hand struck out one in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 29th
Kirby Yates earned his 35th save on Sunday versus the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth in a 4-2 win over the Royals on Saturday. Hand struck out one and allowed one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 25th
Kirby Yates preserved the 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, securing his 34th save of the season with the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
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
Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
Andrew Seifter - 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
The Padres kept their assembly line of elite relievers running when Brad Hand's midseason trade propelled Yates into the ninth inning. Hardly a downgrade, he posted a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with the sixth-highest K-BB% (29.2) of all qualified relievers. He could follow Hand's path out of San Diego, but there's no guarantee he'd settle for a setup role elsewhere. At least a safe bet to keep the job with an exceptional strikeout tally while still on the team, drafters should pick him now and worry about a potential deal later.
Andrew Gould - 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
The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros