Who Should I Draft?

David Price or Craig Kimbrel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
35 of 56 experts
38%
Recommended by
21 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 36
Best Rank# 19# 15
Worst Rank# 66# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 84# 93
Best Rank# 79# 74
Worst Rank# 99# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts17689
Wins134
Saves027
ERA3.782.69
WHIP1.211.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 29# 43
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 37
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 51
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 34# 37
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 47
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 39# 44
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 34# 44
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 70
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 28# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 45
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 32# 42
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 19# 22
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 33# 39
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 63
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 84
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 30# 36
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 30# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 26# 42
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 44# 47
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 38
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 27# 41
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 35# 37
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 28# 40
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 26# 45
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 21# 35
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 26# 42
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 31# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 31# 33
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 19# 60
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 40
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 24# 34
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 31# 47
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 36# 110
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 32# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 29# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 23# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 23
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 28# 26
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 29# 15
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 30# 19
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 20
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 32# 30
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 32# 31
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 33# 25
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 33# 30
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 27
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 34# 24
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 34# 17
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 25
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 31
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 36# 33
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 43# 29
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 47# 33
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 51# 27
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 57# 49
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 66# 46
   
  David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3063
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched176.262.2
   
Wins165
   
Losses71
   
Saves042
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed15131
   
Earned Runs7019
   
Home Runs Allowed257
   
Strikeouts17796
   
Walks5031
   
ERA3.582.74
   
WHIP1.140.99
   
  David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2961
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched176.959.1
   
Wins134
   
Losses82
   
Saves027
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed16436
   
Earned Runs7418
   
Home Runs Allowed236
   
Strikeouts17689
   
Walks5025
   
ERA3.782.69
   
WHIP1.211.04
   
  David Price
SP - BOS
David Price
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 David Price gave up one run on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts over five innings Tuesday against the Twins.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 19th
Craig Kimbrel will make his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 David Price lasted just 1 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Thursday, giving up six earned runs on five hits, striking out two and walking one as the Red Sox eventually pulled out a 7-6 victory.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 14th
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
 David Price went six innings giving up one run on five hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts on Saturday in a 5-1 victory over the Rays in game two of a doubleheader.
John Aubin
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
 David Price (3-2) earned the win Sunday over by holding the Yankees to two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six through 6 1/3 innings of work.
John Aubin
Mon, Jun 3rd
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 David Price pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out six in a no-decision against the Indians on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, May 29th
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
Notes 
 Price isn't going to thrill anyone as a workhorse ace anymore, but he still posts plenty of Ks to go with useful ratios each and every season. With Boston's lineup behind him, we can expect plenty of wins as well, making him one of the most appealing third-tier starting pitchers this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 In 2018, Price completed his ninth straight season with a sub-4.00 ERA and WHIP of 1.20 or better. He's also averaged right around a strikeout per inning over the last five seasons, and his win potential in Boston is always good. While he's not the dominant fantasy ace it once looked like he would become, Price is a perfectly solid second or third fantasy starter.
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
 Despite posting a 3.58 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 176 innings, Price showed some alarming signs of decline. His average fastball velocity dropped over a full tick, leading to his worst swinging-strike rate (9.6%) since 2013. His expected run-prevention metrics (4.02 FIP, 3.82 SIERA) also say he's no longer an ace. Yet he also recorded a 2.25 ERA after the All-Star break before vanquishing his postseason demons. The public seems well aware of the warning signs, so he won't make the worst SP2/3 if snagged beyond the top-20 starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros