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Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Masahiro Tanaka (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
38 of 42 experts
10%
Recommended by
4 of 42 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 52# 69
Best Rank# 28# 56
Worst Rank# 98# 100
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 135# 175
Best Rank# 122# 166
Worst Rank# 153# 212
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts74144
Wins311
Saves250
ERA3.754.40
WHIP1.211.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 57# 70
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 58
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 28# 79
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 51# 76
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 63
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 60
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 100
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 31# 76
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 47# 66
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 54# 71
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 47# 78
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 64# 65
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 44# 64
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 50# 69
   
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Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 89
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 51# 71
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 42# 71
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 52# 97
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 48# 74
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 51# 82
   
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FantasyPros
# 60# 86
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 53# 87
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 59# 74
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 66# 76
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 64
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 51# 75
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 48# 69
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 68
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 62# 79
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 80# 83
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 60# 63
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 47# 77
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 68# 76
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 49# 79
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 37# 69
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 40# 71
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 54# 73
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 66# 89
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 72# 69
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 77# 61
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 90# 64
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 98# 56
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2332
   
Games Started031
   
Innings Pitched21.3182.2
   
Wins011
   
Losses49
   
Saves130
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed21187
   
Earned Runs1590
   
Home Runs Allowed928
   
Strikeouts30149
   
Walks1240
   
ERA6.534.45
   
WHIP1.601.25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5227
   
Games Started027
   
Innings Pitched52.3159.1
   
Wins311
   
Losses38
   
Saves250
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed39160
   
Earned Runs2278
   
Home Runs Allowed728
   
Strikeouts74144
   
Walks2437
   
ERA3.754.40
   
WHIP1.211.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
News 
 Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two across 2/3 of an inning in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 8th
Masahiro Tanaka took to Twitter to inform people he has returned home to Japan for the time being.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 3rd
  Masahiro Tanaka threw in the bullpen Sunday in order to keep his arm in shape, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Tue, Mar 17th
  Masahiro Tanaka pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings giving up only one hit and struck out four batters without issuing a walk in his Grapefruit League start Sunday versus the Braves.
John Aubin
Mon, Mar 9th
  Masahiro Tanaka pitched three perfect innings against the Red Sox in a spring start Tuesday, striking out five.
John Aubin
Wed, Mar 4th
Notes 
 Kimbrel waited to sign until months into the season, and the results weren't pretty. He battled injury and was entirely ineffective, pitching to an 8.10 ERA and walking more than five batters per nine innings. Whether the complete lack of control was a continuing trend or just due to rust/injuries. But, either way, the price on Kimbrel should be the cheapest in years, and if you're waiting on saves, he's as good an option to take a chance on as anyone.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Tanaka had a bizarre year. On the negative side, his ERA soared to 4.45 and his WHIP and strikeout rate went to a career worst 1.24 and 7.37/9, respectively. Yet he slightly lowered his walk rate from the past two years, cut his HR/FB rate, and got batters to swing at pitches outside the zone more than almost any other pitcher in the second half of the season. At this point in his career, given his home park, there's little optimism that Tanaka can ever develop into the ace he appeared to be during his debut. Draft him as a back-end-of-the-rotation starter in deeper leagues but nothing more.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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