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
96%
Recommended by
54 of 56 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 39
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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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 23# 32
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 31
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 21# 40
   
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Going For 2
# 28# 48
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 29# 42
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 29
   
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USA Today
# 30# 48
   
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# 10# 38
   
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Razzball
# 36# 47
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 36
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 38# 89
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 29# 34
   
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The Athletic
# 28# 54
   
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Beast Dome
# 16# 56
   
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The Athletic
# 34# 36
   
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
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KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
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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
   
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Fake Teams
# 25# 30
   
Andrea LaMont
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# 27# 39
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 32
   
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Sporfolio
# 24# 67
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 47
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 30# 37
   
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Pitcher List
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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
   
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SportsLine
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Fantrax
# 30# 44
   
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Fake Teams
# 38# 52
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 34# 43
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
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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 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
Kirby Yates struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his 24th save of the season on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Kirby Yates allowed a solo homer in the twelfth inning of Friday's 16-12 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to preserve the 5-4 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 7th
 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
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season on Friday night versus the Marlins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 1st
 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
Kirby Yates allowed one hit a scoreless ninth for the Padres' on Tuesday, slamming the door on a 5-4 win over the Yankees.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 29th
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