Who Should I Draft?

Ken Giles or Cody Allen (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
45 of 59 experts
24%
Recommended by
14 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 54# 59
Best Rank# 38# 26
Worst Rank# 124# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 144# 156
Best Rank# 134# 145
Worst Rank# 157# 206
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7479
Wins33
Saves3030
ERA3.603.86
WHIP1.181.24
   
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Injury Alert-FA
   
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# 52# 70
   
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# 63# 68
   
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# 48# 68
   
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# 45# 71
   
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# 51# 63
   
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Sporfolio
# 124# 110
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5570
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched50.267.1
   
Wins04
   
Losses36
   
Saves2627
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds17
   
Hits Allowed5458
   
Earned Runs2635
   
Home Runs Allowed611
   
Strikeouts5380
   
Walks733
   
ERA4.654.70
   
WHIP1.211.36
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6366
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.165.5
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves3030
   
Blown Saves26
   
Holds13
   
Hits Allowed5755
   
Earned Runs2528
   
Home Runs Allowed79
   
Strikeouts7479
   
Walks1827
   
ERA3.603.86
   
WHIP1.181.24
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
News 
 Ken Giles gave up a solo homer before finishing off the Orioles in the ninth inning Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
Cody Allen is signing a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Cody Allen was released by the Angels Tuesday after being designated for assignment Saturday.
Jonathan Limehouse - Jonathan Limehouse Fantasy Pros
Tue, Jun 18th
 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
The Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Ken Giles saved the game against his former club on Saturday night, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Astros.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 1st
Cody Allen threw a scoreless inning on Friday against the Orioles. He allowed a walk and struck out two in the win.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, May 11th
 Ken Giles allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to record the save Tuesday against the Braves.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 28th
Allen hasn't pitched since going on the injured list April 26 with a back ailment.
James Bisson
Tue, May 7th
Notes 
 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
Allen had accrued a sub-3.00 ERA and K/9 above 11.0 in four straight seasons before his ERA ballooned to 4.75 with 80 strikeouts in 67 frames (10.75 K/9) last season. A massive 50.6% fly-ball rate led to a career-high 11 home runs surrendered. Here's the good news: He still found a ninth-inning gig with the Angels. The gopheritis and alarming walk increase (4.42 BB/9) make him a ratio risk, but Allen offers a rare source of affordable saves.
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
Allen's last year in Cleveland turned out to be his worst, but that didn't stop the Angels from signing him as their new ninth-inning man. Allen's strikeout rate fell of a bit last season, but the bigger concerns were his ballooning walk rate, declining velocity, and the high amount of hard contact allowed. Allen has plenty of job security and should be a serviceable closer on an above-average team, but it would be unwise to expect a return to a sub-3.00 ERA, sub-1.20 WHIP, or 12+ K/9. He's a mid-tier closing option for 2019.
Andrew Seifter - 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
It seemed as though Ty Buttrey, Bedrosian and Anderson were going to compete for saves in LA, but then they signed Allen who figures to get the job. Don't be surprised if he losses the gig early, however, if he struggles like we saw last season. Don't consider him a lock for 25 saves again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros