Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Robbie Ray (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
37 of 59 experts
37%
Recommended by
22 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 39
Best Rank# 15# 26
Worst Rank# 110# 118
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 116
Best Rank# 74# 110
Worst Rank# 102# 133
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts89205
Wins410
Saves270
ERA2.693.75
WHIP1.041.30
   
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  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6324
   
Games Started024
   
Innings Pitched62.2124.1
   
Wins56
   
Losses12
   
Saves420
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed3197
   
Earned Runs1954
   
Home Runs Allowed719
   
Strikeouts96165
   
Walks3170
   
ERA2.743.93
   
WHIP0.991.35
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6129
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched59.1160.1
   
Wins410
   
Losses28
   
Saves270
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed36133
   
Earned Runs1867
   
Home Runs Allowed621
   
Strikeouts89205
   
Walks2575
   
ERA2.693.75
   
WHIP1.041.30
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
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
Robbie Ray received a no-decision on Saturday against the Padres, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 29th
 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
Robbie Ray received a no-decision on Monday versus Miami, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 17th
 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
Robbie Ray (blister) is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday versus the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 10th
 Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Robbie Ray left his start Friday against the Reds with an undisclosed injury which appeared to be on his left hand.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Robbie Ray picked up his 12th win of the year on Saturday against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over five innings while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
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
Ray took a big step backward last year in the ratios but still racked up 165 Ks in just over 120 innings pitcher. There is still upside for an ace pitcher here and the floor may be about what we got last year which didn't kill anyone's championship hopes. He makes for a quality mid-round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Ray was an obvious regression candidate coming off his phenomenal 2017 season, and regress he did. While his strikeout rate remained elite, his walk rate ballooned to over 5.00 per nine innings, inflating his WHIP back up to 1.35. Ray is really hard to hit, so he's capable of keeping his ERA under 4.00, but the WHIP isn't likely to be pretty, which makes him hard to rely on as a weekly starter in standard mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
  Everything went right for Ray in 2017, when he registered a 2.89 ERA despite a 3.94 BB/9 and 3.72 FIP. An oblique strain limited him to just 123.2 innings in 24 starts last season, and 70 walks led to a 3.93 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He remained just as tough to hit with a .215 batting average against and 12.01 K/9, so he could bounce back to the 218 strikeouts procured in 2016 and 2017 even if again held below 175 frames. Yet the ballooning walk rate makes him a WHIP liability, and run support could be scarce from a ransacked Diamondbacks lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros