Who Should I Draft?

Josh Hader or Ken Giles (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Expert
Recommendation
79%
Recommended by
44 of 56 experts
21%
Recommended by
12 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 54
Best Rank# 19# 38
Worst Rank# 117# 124
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 105# 144
Best Rank# 101# 134
Worst Rank# 129# 157
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts11574
Wins43
Saves1330
ERA2.693.60
WHIP1.041.18
   
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Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 44# 52
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 63
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 48
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 36# 52
   
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Going For 2
# 42# 76
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 40# 70
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 48
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 39# 46
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 39# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 38# 51
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 52# 66
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 38# 48
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 32# 78
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 48# 64
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 40# 71
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 56
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 23# 72
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 42# 58
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 54
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 19# 38
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 51
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 62
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 34# 85
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 33# 44
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 45# 50
   
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# 55# 119
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 21# 61
   
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Sporfolio
# 117# 124
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 46# 56
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 38# 48
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 38# 49
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 38# 47
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 46# 68
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 50
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 35# 63
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 31# 74
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 29# 52
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 51# 88
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 35# 58
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 52# 59
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 23# 50
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 34# 57
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 35# 65
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 47# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 49# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 51# 43
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 51
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 39
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 55# 49
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 56# 45
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 57# 52
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 59# 52
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 61# 53
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 62# 46
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 82# 50
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 116# 92
   
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5555
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched81.050.2
   
Wins60
   
Losses13
   
Saves1226
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds211
   
Hits Allowed3654
   
Earned Runs2226
   
Home Runs Allowed96
   
Strikeouts14353
   
Walks307
   
ERA2.434.65
   
WHIP0.811.21
   
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6063
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched73.063.1
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves1330
   
Blown Saves22
   
Holds151
   
Hits Allowed4657
   
Earned Runs2225
   
Home Runs Allowed97
   
Strikeouts11574
   
Walks3018
   
ERA2.693.60
   
WHIP1.041.18
   
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
News 
 Josh Hader fired two perfect innings to secure his 17th save in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Giants on Sunday. He struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
Giles was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles with right elbow inflammation.
James Bisson
Wed, Jun 12th
 Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in the Brewers' 5-2 win over the Pirates on Sunday. He walked one and struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 10th
Ken Giles recorded a four-out save with three strikeouts and two walks during a 4-3 victory against the Yankees on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 5th
 Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth and struck out the side to pick up his 15th save in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
Ken Giles pitched one scoreless inning giving up a hit and striking out three batters as the Blue Jays lost to the Rockies by a 4-2 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Josh Hader picked up a four-out save in the Brewers' 5-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday. He allowed no hits, one walk, and struck out four.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
Ken Giles pitched the ninth inning on Sunday striking out two of the three batters he faced as the Blue Jays beat the Padres by a 10-1 score.
John Aubin
Mon, May 27th
 Josh Hader struck out five over two innings of relief, but gave up a three-run blast to Starling Marte and was charged with a blown save in the Brewers' 12-10 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
Ken Giles got the final four outs against the White Sox on Sunday giving up two hits and striking out three batters to earn his 10th save of the season.
John Aubin
Sun, May 19th
Notes 
 Hader registered three fewer strikeouts (143) than Miles Mikolas last season and eight more than Kenley Jansen and Ken Giles combined. Although not Milwaukee's full-time closer, he notched 12 saves and six wins with a 2.43 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He led all relievers in strikeout % (46.7) and swinging-strike rate (19.0%). As a result, he's an anomaly who should get drafted above middling closers even in standard five-by-five leagues. Despite his clear dominance, it's awfully tough paying such a steep price for a middle reliever who's no guarantee to vulture as many saves and wins. With a consensus ADP above Sean Doolittle, Kirby Yates, and Jose Leclerc, drafters should instead try to find the next Hader in the final rounds or on the waiver wire. This could all change, however, if injuries to Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel clear a path to saves. (The Brewers have also been linked to Craig Kimbrel.) Hader is a top-five stud in saves-plus-holds format who'd garner that same elite status in all leagues if given the closer's role.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Hader has dominant stuff and a proven ability to succeed in the ninth inning, but it remains to be seen whether he'll see as many save opportunities as he did last season. Regardless, he can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be worth rostering in many formats even if he isn't closing. If you're skeptical, consider this: Hader and Jeffress finished as the third and fourth most-valuable relievers in standard 5
Andrew Seifter - 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
 You may not get a dozen saves out of Hader again, but the 143 strikeouts and lights out ratios are here to stay. Those video game numbers make him a top 10 fantasy relief pitcher, as you won't find anyone more apt to help you in those three big categories.
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