Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Kirby Yates (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 40
Best Rank# 15# 24
Worst Rank# 110# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 108
Best Rank# 74# 100
Worst Rank# 102# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8988
Wins43
Saves2729
ERA2.693.17
WHIP1.041.11
   
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  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6365
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.263.0
   
Wins55
   
Losses13
   
Saves4212
   
Blown Saves51
   
Holds016
   
Hits Allowed3141
   
Earned Runs1915
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts9690
   
Walks3117
   
ERA2.742.14
   
WHIP0.990.92
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6165
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.163.1
   
Wins43
   
Losses23
   
Saves2729
   
Blown Saves06
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed3649
   
Earned Runs1822
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts8988
   
Walks2521
   
ERA2.693.17
   
WHIP1.041.11
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
News 
 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
Kirby Yates picked up his 39th save of the year on Saturday against the Giants, striking out the side to preserve the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
 Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Kirby Yates earned his 38th save of the season on Monday versus the Dodgers, striking out the side to protect the 4-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 27th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Kirby Yates registered his 37th save of the year on Sunday versus the Red Sox, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
 Craig Kimbrel earned the save Thursday against the Mets, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
Kirby Yates earned his 35th save on Sunday versus the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
 Craig Kimbrel worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets Wednesday, earning a save. He recorded one strikeout.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Aug 29th
Kirby Yates preserved the 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, securing his 34th save of the season with the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
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
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
 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
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
  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