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Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Jesus Luzardo (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
27 of 51 experts
47%
Recommended by
24 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 57
Best Rank# 21# 32
Worst Rank# 95# 86
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 135# 126
Best Rank# 122# 90
Worst Rank# 155# 143
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts3046
Wins13
Saves120
ERA3.923.77
WHIP1.231.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 53# 64
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 29# 79
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 39# 59
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 60
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 31# 48
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 21
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 58
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 48# 56
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 52# 53
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 44# 84
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 64
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 59
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 50# 59
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 48# 57
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 51# 53
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 50# 86
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 59# 66
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 48# 62
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 29# 66
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 47# 71
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 55
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 54
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 35# 67
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 48# 58
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 37# 58
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 40# 56
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 42# 41
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 44# 40
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 47# 34
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 48# 46
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 45
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 49# 38
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 50# 42
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 52# 38
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 53# 43
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 56# 54
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 57# 54
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 58# 47
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 58# 47
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 57
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 63# 41
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 64# 56
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 65# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 65# 32
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 66# 54
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 69# 47
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 69# 57
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 77# 54
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 80# 52
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 95# 75
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played236
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched21.312.0
   
Wins00
   
Losses40
   
Saves132
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed215
   
Earned Runs152
   
Home Runs Allowed91
   
Strikeouts3016
   
Walks123
   
ERA6.531.50
   
WHIP1.600.67
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2210
   
Games Started08
   
Innings Pitched21.746.4
   
Wins13
   
Losses12
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed1643
   
Earned Runs919
   
Home Runs Allowed46
   
Strikeouts3046
   
Walks1015
   
ERA3.923.77
   
WHIP1.231.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
News 
 Cubs manager David Ross was noncommittal when asked whether Craig Kimbrel would remain the team’s closer going forward.
Brad Camara
Mon, Aug 3rd
Jesus Luzardo will start Friday against the Giants after Frankie Montas was scratched with a tight upper back.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 14th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on two hits across two innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Pirates.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 1st
Jesus Luzardo got the win Sunday allowing five hits and two earned runs over 5.2 innings with five strike outs and two walks.
Aaron Hudson
Sun, Aug 9th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on four walks across a 1/3 inning in Monday's 8-7 win over the Reds.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 28th
Jesus Luzardo struck out five over five innings of work in his first start of the year Tuesday. He allowed two hits, walked two, and threw 76 pitches.
Aaron Hudson
Wed, Aug 5th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two across 2/3 of an inning in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 8th
Jesus Luzardo will start Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 31st
  Jesus Luzardo will rejoin the Athletics' starting rotation for his next trip to the mound.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 30th
Notes 
 Was Kimbrel's down year due to the long layoff from being unsigned, or was it the beginning of the end for one of the game's most dominant closers?
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19, though there have been few details as to his reported symptoms (or lack thereof). A prime breakout candidate, especially given the delay and the lack of an innings limit, Luzardo's fantasy stock is now in a bit of a grey area. Monitor the reports but be prepared to knock him down a few pegs in your draft absent positive reports on his health.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Kimbrel waited to sign until months into the season, and the results weren't pretty. He battled injury and was entirely ineffective, pitching to an 8.10 ERA and walking more than five batters per nine innings. Whether the complete lack of control was a continuing trend or just due to rust/injuries. But, either way, the price on Kimbrel should be the cheapest in years, and if you're waiting on saves, he's as good an option to take a chance on as anyone.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
It's not if Luzardo will pitch any innings for the A's this year, it's how how many? With the short season, will he be limited to four- to five-inning outings? He's a wild card with a bright future.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
  I want to move Lazardo further up these rankings because of his lights-out arsenal and pitching in Oakland helps those ratio's, but rookie innings limits are real and I am concerned that he won't pitch enough to reach his enormous ceiling. Guarantee me 210 innings pitched and he is a Top 40 Pick for me. I expect more like 130-150 and with some rookie struggles, that drops him down significantly. 2021 he will be hotter than Walker Buehler was.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
  Should be elite whenever he pitches. It's fair to wonder how deep he pitches into games and how many starts he ultimately makes
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros