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
80%
Recommended by
47 of 59 experts
20%
Recommended by
12 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 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
   
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# 43# 58
   
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# 37# 43
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 44# 53
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 45# 54
   
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# 19# 67
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 42# 43
   
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The Athletic
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# 29# 53
   
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# 70# 53
   
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# 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 (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
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are removing Wade Davis from the closer role.
John Aubin
Fri, Aug 2nd
 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
Wade Davis was hit hard on Wednesday versus the Dodgers, giving up five runs (via two homers) and recording just one out.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 1st
 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
Wade Davis picked up his 15th save of the year on Thursday against the Nationals, striking out the side to secure the 8-7 Rockies win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 25th
 Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Wade Davis allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning on Tuesday versus the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 17th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Wade Davis threw a scoreless ninth on Friday versus Cincinnati to earn his 13th save of the year.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 13th
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