Who Should I Draft?

Ken Giles or Cole Hamels (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 54# 55
Best Rank# 38# 35
Worst Rank# 124# 102
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 144# 146
Best Rank# 134# 120
Worst Rank# 157# 148
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts74166
Wins311
Saves300
ERA3.603.82
WHIP1.181.27
   
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Injury AlertIL10-
   
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# 52# 61
   
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# 48# 57
   
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# 53# 102
   
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# 45# 57
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 51# 76
   
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Brewer Rat
# 66# 71
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 57
   
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Beast Dome
# 52# 61
   
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The Athletic
# 45# 60
   
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The Fake Baseball
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# 48# 62
   
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RotoBaller
# 49# 65
   
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# 47# 67
   
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# 50# 61
   
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# 63# 81
   
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# 52# 94
   
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# 52# 57
   
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# 59# 60
   
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Fake Teams
# 57# 99
   
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# 60# 63
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 48# 64
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 35
   
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# 50# 47
   
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# 51# 39
   
Staff Rankings
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# 52# 42
   
Chris Meyers
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# 56# 55
   
Kyle Richardson
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# 58# 55
   
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# 58# 44
   
Joe Bond
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# 62# 51
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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# 64# 46
   
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FanGraphs
# 68# 55
   
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# 70# 58
   
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CBS Sports
# 71# 61
   
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# 72# 50
   
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Going For 2
# 76# 66
   
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The Athletic
# 78# 71
   
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The Athletic
# 85# 37
   
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Razzball
# 88# 75
   
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The Athletic
# 92# 52
   
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# 119# 47
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 124# 55
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5532
   
Games Started032
   
Innings Pitched50.2191.2
   
Wins09
   
Losses312
   
Saves260
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed54176
   
Earned Runs2680
   
Home Runs Allowed629
   
Strikeouts53188
   
Walks765
   
ERA4.653.78
   
WHIP1.211.26
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6329
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched63.1173.7
   
Wins311
   
Losses39
   
Saves300
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed57159
   
Earned Runs2574
   
Home Runs Allowed721
   
Strikeouts74166
   
Walks1861
   
ERA3.603.82
   
WHIP1.181.27
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
News 
 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
Cole Hamels fired seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-3 in the Cubs'10-1 win over the Rockies' on Wednesday. He allowed six hits, one walk, and struck out nine.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 13th
 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
Cole Hamels fired eight scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win in the Cubs' 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. He allowed three hits, one walk, and struck out ten.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
 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
Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run on two hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. He walked two and struck out four while falling to 4-2.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
 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
Cole Hamels allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Astros on Monday. He walked four and struck out zero while falling to 4-1.
Elliott Baas
Mon, May 27th
 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
Cole Hamels allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings against the Phillies on Wednesday. He struck out six.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 23rd
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
Hamels displayed all the signs of a pitcher in decline during his three seasons in Texas, but he rebounded nicely upon joining the Cubs at midseason last year. It's hard to know exactly what version of Hamels we'll get at this point, but being in the National League should help. It's not unreasonable to hope for a sub-4.00 ERA, a WHIP in the low 1.20s, and close to a strikeout per inning in 2019.
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
Looking caput in Texas, a late trade to the Cubs sparked a revival for Hamels. The veteran southpaw sported a 2.36 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 76.1 innings (12 starts) with his new club. He repaired first-pitch strike (60.1%) and swinging-strike (12.1%) rates that had dipped to alarming levels (56.4%, 9.7%) in 2017, so the 35-year-old may have another strong season left in the tank. Having made at least 30 starts with 188 or more strikeouts in eight of the last nine seasons, Hamels is a more appealing mid-draft workhorse to target ahead of teammates Jose Quintana and Jake Arrieta.
Andrew Gould - 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