Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Sean Doolittle (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 37
Best Rank# 15# 21
Worst Rank# 110# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 102
Best Rank# 74# 89
Worst Rank# 102# 130
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8970
Wins43
Saves2729
ERA2.692.81
WHIP1.040.95
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 56
   
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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FantasyPros
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Fake Teams
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FantasyPros
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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Expand The Boxscore
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CBS Sports
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FantasyPros
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FantasyPros
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RotoBaller
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
# 43# 42
   
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Sports Illustrated
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The Fake Baseball
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The Fantasy Fix
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The Athletic
# 46# 38
   
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The Athletic
# 47# 29
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 47# 29
   
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Razzball
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Beast Dome
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Yahoo! Sports
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RotoBaller
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Yahoo! Sports
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KJ
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Fantrax
# 110# 31
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6343
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.245.0
   
Wins53
   
Losses13
   
Saves4225
   
Blown Saves51
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed3121
   
Earned Runs198
   
Home Runs Allowed73
   
Strikeouts9660
   
Walks316
   
ERA2.741.60
   
WHIP0.990.60
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6156
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.155.6
   
Wins43
   
Losses22
   
Saves2729
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed3641
   
Earned Runs1817
   
Home Runs Allowed67
   
Strikeouts8970
   
Walks2512
   
ERA2.692.81
   
WHIP1.040.95
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
News 
 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
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle recorded one out to earn his 14th save of the season in Saturday's win over the San Diego Padres.
Mike Maher
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
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle allowed two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out two batters in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Padres. The blown save was his third of the season, and the loss drops him to 4-2 on the year.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
 Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle earned his fourth win over the season in Wednesday's win over the Chicago White Sox, tossing a scoreless inning before Washington walked things off in the bottom of the ninth.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jun 6th
 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
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle earned his 12th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Reds. He struck out one.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 3rd
 The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly talking to Craig Kimbrel according to Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.
Kamran Hoda
Tue, Mar 19th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle struck out one over a perfect ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season in Saturday’s win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
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
Doolittle is firmly established as the Nationals' closer heading into 2019, and he's proven to be an elite one when healthy. Unfortunately, injuries have been a frequent concern for Doolittle, which helps explain why the Nationals acquired two other relievers with closing experience in Trever Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough.
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
Doolittle could be a top-five closer in a full season. He posted a 1.60 ERA, 60 strikeouts, six walks, and 25 saves in 45 innings. Anyone will need a microscope to see his 0.60 WHIP. Yet injuries are par for the course, as the 32-year-old has averaged 37 innings over the past four seasons. The elite skills-and steady ninth-inning role on a playoff contender-make Doolittle a borderline top-10 closer despite the likelihood of missed time.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
  Doolittle only had 25 saves and 60 strikeouts last year, but he had an absurd 0.600 WHIP. That isn't a typo. With a full season, don't be surprised when Doolittle finishes in the elite tier of fantasy closers.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros