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Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Jordan Romano (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
Jordan Romano
RP - TOR
Jordan Romano
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
34 of 51 experts
33%
Recommended by
17 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 61# 77
Best Rank# 35# 29
Worst Rank# 108# 136
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 164# 192
Best Rank# 153# 168
Worst Rank# 233# 313
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7967
Wins33
Saves2417
ERA3.653.92
WHIP1.211.23
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 108# 111
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 55# 78
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 61# 62
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 52# 72
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 72# 77
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 55# 79
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 76# 101
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 83
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 69# 79
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 58# 83
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 54# 58
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 74# 136
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 54# 69
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 63
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 35# 47
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 63# 77
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 48# 57
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 65
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 59# 95
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 64# 108
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 63# 67
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 51# 78
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 69
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 63# 102
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 62# 80
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 58# 84
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 70# 75
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 47# 95
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 58# 87
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 64# 98
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 42# 94
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 67# 107
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 58# 73
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 58# 90
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 39# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 29
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 58# 34
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 61# 59
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 68# 64
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 68# 64
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 71# 48
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 73# 59
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 75# 61
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 80# 51
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 86# 65
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 87# 74
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 89# 62
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 98# 82
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 98# 51
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 103# 57
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 112
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
Jordan Romano
RP - TOR
Jordan Romano
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1815
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched15.015.3
   
Wins02
   
Losses11
   
Saves22
   
Blown Saves11
   
Holds35
   
Hits Allowed108
   
Earned Runs92
   
Home Runs Allowed22
   
Strikeouts2821
   
Walks125
   
ERA5.281.23
   
WHIP1.430.89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
Jordan Romano
RP - TOR
Jordan Romano
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5656
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched54.157.3
   
Wins33
   
Losses23
   
Saves2417
   
Blown Saves118
   
Holds48
   
Hits Allowed4049
   
Earned Runs2225
   
Home Runs Allowed88
   
Strikeouts7967
   
Walks2621
   
ERA3.653.92
   
WHIP1.211.23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
Jordan Romano
RP - TOR
Jordan Romano
News 
 Craig Kimbrel had a rough ninth inning, allowing a one out double followed by two walks and a sacrifice fly that scored a run. He did chip in two strikeouts though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 13th
Jordan Romano picked a save after pitching a scoreless inning while walking three batters and striking out two in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Rays.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 22nd
 Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh inning on Saturday, allowing one hit while striking out three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 5th
Jordan Romano pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout on Sunday, protecting a two-run lead against the Twins to pick up his 19th save of the season.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 19th
 Craig Kimbrel came into the ninth with a seven run lead but ended up giving up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. He would strike out two batters though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Aug 28th
Jordan Romano tossed a perfect ninth inning to record a save on Wednesday in the win against the Rays.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 16th
 Craig Kimbrel pitched one inning, allowing one hit while also striking out one batter to earn his 24th save of the season and first with the White Sox.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Aug 27th
Jordan Romano pitched a perfect inning to earn the save in an 11-10 win over Baltimore in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 12th
 Craig Kimbrel didn't allow a ball to leave the infield on Monday, but lost the game after an infield hit, a wild pitch, a sacrifice ground ball, and another wild pitch. He would also walk a batter and strike out two.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Aug 24th
Jordan Romano retired all three Yankees batters he faced including a strikeout for a save in the win on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 9th
Notes 
 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
Romano is poised to serve as the Blue Jays' closer after Kirby Yates suffered an elbow injury which will cost him the season. Romano's stuff isn't special, but he had a very solid 2020 campaign, and should see plenty of save chances with Toronto, assuming he's officially named the closer. The relief pitcher landscape for fantasy gets cloudy quickly, so despite the lack of certainty, Romano makes a decent option for your second reliever. Bump him higher if he's officially named the closer before the season.
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