Who Should I Draft?

German Marquez or Craig Kimbrel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 32# 36
Best Rank# 11# 15
Worst Rank# 96# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 82# 93
Best Rank# 73# 74
Worst Rank# 112# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts20089
Wins134
Saves027
ERA3.882.69
WHIP1.261.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 31# 43
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 51
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 22# 37
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 44
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 70
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 19# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 37# 45
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 33# 42
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 19# 39
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 63
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 14# 84
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 23# 36
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 32# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 25# 42
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 21# 27
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 46# 47
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 38
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 19# 41
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 27# 37
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 26# 40
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 17# 45
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 23# 42
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 32# 34
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 30# 33
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 11# 33
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 40# 60
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 19# 34
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 38# 47
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 42# 110
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 21# 27
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 36# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 22# 15
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 22# 15
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 24# 19
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 17
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 27# 22
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 23
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 25
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 31# 25
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 32# 29
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 33# 26
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 34# 30
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 35# 31
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 38# 24
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 47# 44
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 48# 33
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 48# 35
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 55# 30
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 57# 47
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 66# 40
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 46
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 85# 20
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 96# 49
   
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3363
   
Games Started330
   
Innings Pitched196.162.2
   
Wins145
   
Losses111
   
Saves042
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed17931
   
Earned Runs8219
   
Home Runs Allowed247
   
Strikeouts23096
   
Walks5731
   
ERA3.772.74
   
WHIP1.200.99
   
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3261
   
Games Started320
   
Innings Pitched185.759.1
   
Wins134
   
Losses102
   
Saves027
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed17936
   
Earned Runs8018
   
Home Runs Allowed246
   
Strikeouts20089
   
Walks5525
   
ERA3.882.69
   
WHIP1.261.04
   
  German Marquez
SP - COL
German Marquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 German Marquez received a no-decision on Friday versus the Dodgers, spinning eight innings of five-hit ball while allowing two runs (one earned).
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
Craig Kimbrel will make his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 German Marquez earned the win despite giving up seven earned runs on Saturday versus the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
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
 German Marquez received a no-decision on Monday versus the Cubs, striking out seven while allowing four runs over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
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
 German Marquez took the loss on Wednesday versus the Cubs, giving up eight runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 German Marquez earned the win on Friday versus Toronto, throwing seven innings of two-run ball while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 1st
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 
 Marquez had a terrific strikeout-to-walk ratio last season, but still finished with an ERA of 3.77, which feels like a best-case scenario for a pitcher who calls Coors Field home. Marquez should provide plenty of innings and strikeouts and his fair share of wins, but he's not likely to be of much help when it comes to ERA and WHIP.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 Marquez discovered top-tier ace form during 14 second-half starts, during which he recorded a 2.61 ERA and 2.25 FIP with the fourth-best K-BB% (28.4) behind Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Jacob deGrom. So why isn't he a consensus top-20 starter? Opponents tattooed his four-seam fastball (.315/.390/.508) last season, so his curveball and slider would have to remain other-worldly elite in elevated usage rates. Oh yeah, he pitches for the Rockies. He's an attractive upside selection if Coors Field tempers his price.
Andrew Gould - 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