Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Josh Hader (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
36 of 59 experts
39%
Recommended by
23 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 42
Best Rank# 15# 19
Worst Rank# 110# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 105
Best Rank# 74# 101
Worst Rank# 102# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts89115
Wins44
Saves2713
ERA2.692.69
WHIP1.041.04
   
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  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6355
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.281.0
   
Wins56
   
Losses11
   
Saves4212
   
Blown Saves55
   
Holds021
   
Hits Allowed3136
   
Earned Runs1922
   
Home Runs Allowed79
   
Strikeouts96143
   
Walks3130
   
ERA2.742.43
   
WHIP0.990.81
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6160
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.173.0
   
Wins44
   
Losses23
   
Saves2713
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds015
   
Hits Allowed3646
   
Earned Runs1822
   
Home Runs Allowed69
   
Strikeouts89115
   
Walks2530
   
ERA2.692.69
   
WHIP1.041.04
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
News 
 Craig Kimbrel (0-4) allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in 0.2 innings Saturday against the Cardinals, blowing the save.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 21st
Josh Hader converted his 34th save of the season Thursday against the Padres, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 19th
 Craig Kimbrel was saddled with the loss Thursday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on one hit in 0.2 innings. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
Josh Hader picked up his 33rd save of the season Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Craig Kimbrel (elbow) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, and is eyeing a return to the Cubs for their weekend series against the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
Josh Hader earned the save Saturday against the Cardinals, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Josh Hader earned his 29th save Sunday against the Cubs, striking out both of the batters he faced.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Josh Hader (3-5) struck out four in two scoreless frames Saturday against the Cubs, allowing no hits and one walk.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
Notes 
 Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Hader registered three fewer strikeouts (143) than Miles Mikolas last season and eight more than Kenley Jansen and Ken Giles combined. Although not Milwaukee's full-time closer, he notched 12 saves and six wins with a 2.43 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He led all relievers in strikeout % (46.7) and swinging-strike rate (19.0%). As a result, he's an anomaly who should get drafted above middling closers even in standard five-by-five leagues. Despite his clear dominance, it's awfully tough paying such a steep price for a middle reliever who's no guarantee to vulture as many saves and wins. With a consensus ADP above Sean Doolittle, Kirby Yates, and Jose Leclerc, drafters should instead try to find the next Hader in the final rounds or on the waiver wire. This could all change, however, if injuries to Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel clear a path to saves. (The Brewers have also been linked to Craig Kimbrel.) Hader is a top-five stud in saves-plus-holds format who'd garner that same elite status in all leagues if given the closer's role.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Hader has dominant stuff and a proven ability to succeed in the ninth inning, but it remains to be seen whether he'll see as many save opportunities as he did last season. Regardless, he can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be worth rostering in many formats even if he isn't closing. If you're skeptical, consider this: Hader and Jeffress finished as the third and fourth most-valuable relievers in standard 5
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
  You may not get a dozen saves out of Hader again, but the 143 strikeouts and lights out ratios are here to stay. Those video game numbers make him a top 10 fantasy relief pitcher, as you won't find anyone more apt to help you in those three big categories.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros