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Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or German Marquez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
32 of 50 experts
36%
Recommended by
18 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 56# 62
Best Rank# 27# 35
Worst Rank# 107# 108
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 175# 164
Best Rank# 134# 153
Worst Rank# 195# 233
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts18879
Wins113
Saves024
ERA4.203.65
WHIP1.261.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 47# 108
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 27# 52
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 63# 72
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 48# 83
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 39# 69
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 53# 58
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 52# 74
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 37# 54
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 59# 63
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 53# 63
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 50# 71
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 53# 65
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 84# 86
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 47# 73
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 56# 64
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 49# 63
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 61# 68
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 57# 68
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 37# 98
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 55
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 58# 62
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 41# 58
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 68# 70
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 57# 58
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 55# 64
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 63# 75
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 46# 80
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 61# 67
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 55# 58
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 58# 87
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 75# 103
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 67# 98
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 62# 35
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 88# 39
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 61# 42
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 106# 47
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 73# 48
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 59# 50
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 51
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 64# 54
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 54
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 86# 55
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 66# 55
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 69# 58
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 86# 58
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 63# 59
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 79# 61
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 74# 61
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 90# 76
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 107# 89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1318
   
Games Started130
   
Innings Pitched82.115.0
   
Wins40
   
Losses61
   
Saves02
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed7810
   
Earned Runs349
   
Home Runs Allowed62
   
Strikeouts7328
   
Walks2512
   
ERA3.755.28
   
WHIP1.261.43
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3156
   
Games Started310
   
Innings Pitched187.954.1
   
Wins113
   
Losses112
   
Saves024
   
Blown Saves011
   
Holds04
   
Hits Allowed18940
   
Earned Runs8822
   
Home Runs Allowed278
   
Strikeouts18879
   
Walks4826
   
ERA4.203.65
   
WHIP1.261.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 With a seven-inning game on his side, Rockies starter German Marquez took advantage of the doubleheader and pitched an impressive Game 2. He allowed just two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six batters.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 17th
Craig Kimbrel went an inning versus Atlanta Sunday in a non-save situation. He walked two batters but did not allow a run.
Jamie Mellor
Mon, Apr 19th
 Sunday was a bittersweet day for Rockies starter German Marquez, who notched a season-high seven strikeouts but also surrendered three runs. In addition to the scoring, Marquez allowed six hits and three walks. He was pulled from the game after 5.2 innings and was hit with the loss.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Apr 11th
Craig Kimbrel came in to snuff out a rally in the eighth inning. He would finish out the game allowing no runs for his third save of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, Apr 14th
 Rockies starter German Marquez allowed three earned runs over six innings on Tuesday. His outing kept Colorado in the game, but he was ultimately hit with a no-decision thanks to a poor pitching performance from Ben Bowden in the 13th inning.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Apr 7th
Craig Kimbrel recorded his first five-out save of his career Thursday versus the Pirates. It was also career save #350.
Jamie Mellor
Fri, Apr 9th
 German Marquez took the mound on Opening Day and threw four innings of one-run baseball. Despite limiting runs, Marquez did allow six hits and six walks.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 1st
Craig Kimbrel pitched another perfect inning with two strikeouts Sunday versus the Pirates. He earned his first save of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Mon, Apr 5th
 Rockies manager Bud Black announced Sunday that RHP German Marquez will be the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Mar 28th
Craig Kimbrel faced three batters and struck out all of them. He did not get the save because the Cubs had a four-run lead though.
Jamie Mellor
Sun, Apr 4th
Notes 
 If Marquez ever extricates himself from Colorado, you'd probably have a bona fide superstar on your hands. As it is, you have a very solid overall pitcher who won't really help you out tremendously in any category, but won't hurt you badly either. Marquez's control is above average, and although his strikeout rate has dipped in two consecutive seasons, he has the ability to miss bats regularly. His value rises in leagues with daily lineup changes as you can avoid him at home (career 5.10 ERA) and start him on the road (career 3.51 ERA). But, absent that, consider him a back-end of the rotation starter in deeper leagues.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
As a whole, Kimbrel's 2020 numbers were abysmal. A 5.28 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a walk rate of 17.4%. And yet, there were some encouraging signs. Not only did his strikeout rate bounce back to 40.6%, but he was actually an elite pitcher after his first four outings. How elite? He pitched to a 1.42 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and stuck out 53.1% of the batters he faced. It wasn't perfect, as Kimbrel still walked five batters per nine innings over that stretch. But he showed that he still has some has left in the tank. Although he never reclaimed the closer's job despite his strong finish, it's a good bet that the Cubs hand him the ninth-inning role to start, as they try to rebuild his trade value in the final year of his deal. That means Kimbrel should at least get save chances for the first several weeks of the season, and, as such, should be drafted as low-end second closer with just a modicum of upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Over his final 14 appearances (12 2/3 IP) Kimbrel registered a 27:7 K:BB ratio to go along with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. I'd like confirmation from the Cubs that he's entering the season as the closer before going "all in" on drafting him, but as long as he gets the ninth inning I'll be interested. Kimbrel has likely turned off many fantasy managers with some ugly blowup performances the past two years. This creates a buying opportunity. Kimbrel is a perfect candidate to draft for those who prefer to wait on saves.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros