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
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 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
   
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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
# 41# 43
   
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
# 40# 63
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
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Sporfolio
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Pitcher List
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RotoBaller
# 15# 47
   
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RotoBaller
# 42# 67
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 33# 43
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 34# 44
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 39
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 31
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
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Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 17# 54
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 28
   
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SportsLine
# 25# 36
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 29# 37
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 35# 41
   
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
# 37# 33
   
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
The Athletic
# 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
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 46# 33
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 47# 40
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 47# 35
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 42
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 49# 18
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 51# 32
   
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RotoBaller
# 60# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
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 (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
Madison Bumgarner fell to 9-9 on Thursday in Boston, allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
 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
Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Saturday against Miami, tossing seven innings of two-run ball while giving up four hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
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
Madison Bumgarner earned the win on Friday versus the Padres, striking out nine while allowing just one run over seven innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
 Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Madison Bumgarner was handed a no-decision on Saturday, giving up two earned runs over five innings, while recording five strikeouts in the Giants' win over the Athletics.
Mike Falconieri
Mon, Aug 26th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Madison Bumgarner fell to 8-8 on Sunday in Arizona, giving up four runs on six hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
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