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
61%
Recommended by
36 of 59 experts
39%
Recommended by
23 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 34
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
DailyOverlay
# 27# 47
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 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
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 32# 35
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 32# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 29# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 23# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 23
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 20
   
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
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 36# 29
   
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
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 61# 46
   
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 (wrist) underwent successful surgery to have a cyst removed from his left wrist, Guerin Austin of NESN reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 26th
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
 David Price will undergo surgery on Thursday to remove a cyst from his ailing wrist.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 22nd
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
 David Price, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, will visit a hand/wrist specialist, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 19th
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
 David Price (wrist) could be shut down for the season, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
 David Price (wrist) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 12th
Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
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