Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Madison Bumgarner (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 38
Best Rank# 15# 18
Worst Rank# 110# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 96
Best Rank# 74# 67
Worst Rank# 102# 108
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts89164
Wins410
Saves270
ERA2.693.70
WHIP1.041.22
   
Misc 
   
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 39
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 44# 54
   
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RotoChamp
# 31# 48
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 19# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 42# 46
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 24# 35
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 22# 52
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 29# 47
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 36# 56
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 37
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 30# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 47# 58
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 47
   
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Fake Teams
# 40# 63
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
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Sporfolio
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Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
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Pitcher List
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RotoBaller
# 15# 47
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
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Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
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Justin Mason
FanGraphs
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Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 39
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 31
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 40# 52
   
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Freeze Stats
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Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 25# 36
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 27# 48
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 15# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 33# 26
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 34# 29
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 35# 33
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
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Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 34
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 39# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 28
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 43# 34
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 44# 36
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 45# 22
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 45# 43
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 46# 21
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 47# 40
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 47# 35
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 42
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 49# 18
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 51# 32
   
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RotoBaller
# 60# 41
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 43
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 64# 45
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 70# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 84# 56
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 110# 43
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6321
   
Games Started021
   
Innings Pitched62.2130.1
   
Wins56
   
Losses17
   
Saves420
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed31118
   
Earned Runs1947
   
Home Runs Allowed714
   
Strikeouts96109
   
Walks3143
   
ERA2.743.26
   
WHIP0.991.24
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6129
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched59.1181.9
   
Wins410
   
Losses211
   
Saves270
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed36170
   
Earned Runs1875
   
Home Runs Allowed624
   
Strikeouts89164
   
Walks2551
   
ERA2.693.70
   
WHIP1.041.22
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
News 
 Craig Kimbrel will make his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Saturday versus Milwaukee, surrendering five runs (three earned) on five hits in six innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Craig Kimbrel and the Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Madison Bumgarner fell to 3-6 on Sunday versus the Dodgers, spinning seven innings of one-run ball while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
 Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs and Craig Kimbrel have come to terms, pending a physical.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Tuesday versus the Mets, throwing six innings of three-run ball while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Madison Bumgarner fell to 3-5 on Wednesday in Miami, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 30th
 Craig Kimbrel rumors begin to swirl again after the Brewers lost their closer, Corey Knebel, this week. The standoff between the two is likely money. The Brewers are unable to currently pay the asking price of Kimbrel.
Garett Thomas
Sun, Mar 31st
Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Thursday versus Atlanta, allowing two runs on six hits over six solid innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 23rd
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
Bumgarner was one of the best fantasy starters out there until a couple of years ago, but he hasn't been quite the same since his 2017 dirt bike accident. He has remained a help in ERA thanks to his ability to limit base hits, but his strikeout rate has plummeted and last year his walk rate rose as well. Bumgarner's peripherals suggest he is playing with fire, even in a very pitcher-friendly environment in San Francisco. Still just 29 years old, a big bounce back season cannot be completely discounted, but there is no question that Bumgarner is a risk-reward choice on draft day.
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
A dirt-bike accident in 2017 and broken hand suffered last spring limited Bumgarner to 240.2 combined innings in the past two seasons. He had previously exceeded 200 in each of the last six seasons. While he could regain his workhorse label in 2019, the 29-year-old must combat declines in velocity, swinging strikes (9.2%), and strikeouts (19.8%). Don't pay for past success, but take him as a stable, high-floor SP3 if everyone else is fading the owner of a career 3.03 ERA.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros