Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or Ken Giles (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
46 of 59 experts
22%
Recommended by
13 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 54
Best Rank# 26# 38
Worst Rank# 87# 124
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 144
Best Rank# 106# 134
Worst Rank# 142# 157
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8774
Wins33
Saves2930
ERA3.163.60
WHIP1.211.18
   
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  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5955
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.150.2
   
Wins20
   
Losses33
   
Saves1226
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds151
   
Hits Allowed2454
   
Earned Runs1026
   
Home Runs Allowed16
   
Strikeouts8553
   
Walks257
   
ERA1.564.65
   
WHIP0.851.21
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6263
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.863.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2930
   
Blown Saves102
   
Holds21
   
Hits Allowed4257
   
Earned Runs2225
   
Home Runs Allowed67
   
Strikeouts8774
   
Walks3418
   
ERA3.163.60
   
WHIP1.211.18
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
News 
 Jose Leclerc retired the final batter of the game with a strikeout to earn the save in Thursday's 7-5 win over the Red Sox.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 26th
Ken Giles threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Rays on Saturday to pick up his 23rd save of the season.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 29th
 Jose Leclerc allowed a walk through a scoreless inning in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rays to earn the save. He notched his 13th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
Ken Giles didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two during the ninth inning in a save against the Yankees on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 21st
 Jose Leclerc allowed a run on two hits and no walks while striking out two in Wednesday's 10-9 win over the Rays. He earned his 12th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
Ken Giles gave up a solo homer before finishing off the Orioles in the ninth inning Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
 Jose Leclerc allowed one hit with a walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Friday's 7-6 win over the Orioles. He earned his 11th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Ken Giles allowed one hit and a walk but struck out two during the ninth to nail down his 19th save in a 4-3 victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 11th
 Jose Leclerc allowed a hit and walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Orioles. He earned his 10th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
Ken Giles gave up a two-run home run in the ninth inning and took a loss against the Astros on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
The Blue Jays took on Ken Giles in the Osuna trade last year. Although Giles' 2018 stats don't look pretty at first glance, his underlying numbers - including a terrific 53-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio - weren't too bad. Giles actually makes for a decent bounce-back candidate and potential draft-day value if your leaguemates are scared off by last year's 4.65 ERA.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
After holding down Houston's closing gig in 2017, Giles garnered a 3.08 FIP and 7.57 K/BB rate in 2018. He also posted a 4.65 ERA and got shipped to Toronto after losing the ninth-inning gig. It's the second time in three years his ERA has soared over 4.00 despite excellent peripherals, so drafters can never get too comfortable with the erratic righty. There's still a lot to like. His strikeouts dropped despite an elite 16.0% swinging-strike rate, and he closed the season with 10 scoreless outings as the Blue Jays' closer, a role he'll hold to start the season. He's not far off from the guy who recorded a 2.30 ERA, 11.9 K/9, and 34 saves in 2017.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Giles may have been an elite closer in 2015 and 2017, but his other two seasons have been disappointing for fantasy owners. Although he straightened is out with Toronto in his final 20 innings, we were still looking at a low K-rate and an ERA over 4.00. Plus, it isn't like there will be a ton of save opportunities in Toronto like he saw in Houston the past few years.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros