Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Wade Davis (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
Expert
Recommendation
79%
Recommended by
44 of 56 experts
21%
Recommended by
12 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 49
Best Rank# 15# 24
Worst Rank# 110# 84
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 121
Best Rank# 74# 101
Worst Rank# 102# 151
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8975
Wins43
Saves2734
ERA2.693.66
WHIP1.041.22
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 43# 58
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 43
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 37# 55
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 47# 65
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 44# 65
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 44# 53
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 54
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 19# 67
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 42# 43
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 24# 84
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 22# 37
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 39# 44
   
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CBS Sports
# 29# 54
   
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The Athletic
# 46# 48
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 36# 61
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 53
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 54
   
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Razzball
# 27# 60
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 30# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 57
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 41# 62
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 51
   
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Fake Teams
# 40# 47
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 53
   
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Sporfolio
# 20# 73
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 26# 50
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 35# 57
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 23# 48
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 15# 56
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 33# 68
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 34# 57
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 66
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 33# 41
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 33# 61
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 42
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 40# 72
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 17# 55
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 34# 69
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 47# 57
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 25# 54
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 27# 45
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 64# 70
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 15# 62
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 45# 50
   
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RotoChamp
# 31# 24
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 42# 41
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 45# 36
   
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The Athletic
# 47# 39
   
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Razzball
# 49# 44
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 49# 31
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 51# 49
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 60# 46
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 48
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 70# 53
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 84# 64
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 110# 55
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6369
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.265.2
   
Wins53
   
Losses16
   
Saves4243
   
Blown Saves56
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed3143
   
Earned Runs1930
   
Home Runs Allowed78
   
Strikeouts9678
   
Walks3126
   
ERA2.744.13
   
WHIP0.991.06
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6163
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.162.2
   
Wins43
   
Losses23
   
Saves2734
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed3650
   
Earned Runs1825
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts8975
   
Walks2527
   
ERA2.693.66
   
WHIP1.041.22
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
News 
 Craig Kimbrel will make his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
Wade Davis gave up a run in the ninth inning on Wednesday versus Arizona but settled down to earn his ninth save.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 20th
 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
Wade Davis suffered his second blown save of the weekend on Sunday versus San Diego, giving up four runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Wade Davis blew his first save of the year on Friday versus San Diego, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Wade Davis allowed a solo homer in the ninth inning of Thursday's 9-6 win over the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
 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
Wade Davis allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout to earn the save in Monday's 6-5 win over the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
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
You may feel comfortable with the fact that Wade Davis is incredible, but beware of Coors. The saves will come, but chances are high that his ratios will lag behind what you are looking for in a closer. At his current ADP, you will almost certainly be able to wait and snag a better option.
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
Davis was shaky at times in his first season in Colorado, but he led the National League with 43 saves, and a strong 10.74 K/9 and 1.06 WHIP offset his bloated 4.13 ERA. Expect his ERA and WHIP to move closer to his career marks of 3.50 and 1.25, respectively, though each may be a bit higher because of the Coors Field effect. Barring a total collapse, Davis should have plenty of job security and again be a top-20 fantasy closer.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
  It only takes one bad week to torpedo a reliever's season. Davis relinquished eight runs in three outings from Aug. 2-9, raising his ERA from 4.20 to 5.51. He recovered back to 4.13 by allowing one run over his last 18 innings, but the final line remains far too high for a pricey reliever. Despite looking more like his dominant self down the stretch, diminished velocity and a putrid 49.4% first-pitch strike rate pose major problems. The Rockies kept him in the ninth all season over the clearly superior Adam Ottavino, who signed with the Yankees, so job security makes Davis one of few "saves are saves" picks still left on the table.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros