Who Should I Draft?

Ken Giles or Kenta Maeda (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
41 of 59 experts
31%
Recommended by
18 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 54# 58
Best Rank# 38# 30
Worst Rank# 124# 101
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 144# 175
Best Rank# 134# 154
Worst Rank# 157# 219
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts74149
Wins310
Saves300
ERA3.603.67
WHIP1.181.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 52# 68
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 78
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 75
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 52# 60
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 70# 76
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 48# 75
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 66
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 53# 64
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 45# 80
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 51# 95
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 66# 78
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 66
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 52# 67
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 45# 69
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 92# 101
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 54# 65
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 43# 66
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 38# 59
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 50# 66
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 51# 78
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 62# 80
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 44# 62
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 50# 65
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 61# 70
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 46# 58
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 48# 77
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 49# 58
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 47# 55
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 50# 63
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 63# 78
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 52# 101
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 51# 63
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 39# 86
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 52# 58
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 58# 59
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 45# 73
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 59# 70
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 47# 79
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 65# 69
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 60# 95
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 48# 55
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 49# 47
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 50# 37
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 53# 52
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 50
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 57# 50
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 58# 50
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 64# 60
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 65# 48
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 68# 56
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 71# 59
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 72# 59
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 74# 47
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 76# 30
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 78# 53
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 85# 66
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 88# 63
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 119# 53
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 124# 81
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5539
   
Games Started020
   
Innings Pitched50.2125.2
   
Wins08
   
Losses310
   
Saves262
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds15
   
Hits Allowed54115
   
Earned Runs2653
   
Home Runs Allowed613
   
Strikeouts53153
   
Walks743
   
ERA4.653.81
   
WHIP1.211.26
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6329
   
Games Started023
   
Innings Pitched63.1138.1
   
Wins310
   
Losses37
   
Saves300
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds11
   
Hits Allowed57124
   
Earned Runs2556
   
Home Runs Allowed717
   
Strikeouts74149
   
Walks1842
   
ERA3.603.67
   
WHIP1.181.21
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
News 
 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
Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Wednesday in San Diego, allowing two runs on two hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 29th
 Ken Giles gave up a solo homer before finishing off the Orioles in the ninth inning Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Friday night in Atlanta, giving up three runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 17th
 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
Kenta Maeda earned the win on Saturday versus the D'Backs, twirling seven scoreless innings and allowing just three hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 11th
 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
Kenta Maeda was charged for five runs on five hits over just 2 2/3 innings in Sunday's no-decision versus the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 5th
 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
Kenta Maeda took the loss on Monday in Colorado, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits over four innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 30th
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
Over his first three seasons with the Dodgers, Maeda has finished as the SP19, SP33, and SP49 in standard 5x5 rotisserie leagues, despite averaging just 145 innings pitched per season. He is a good bet to again produce an ERA around 3.80, WHIP around 1.20, and better than a strikeout per inning. While it would be unwise to expect more than around 130 innings from Maeda this season, given how the Dodgers have handled Maeda and the rest of their pitching staff over the last couple years, he's proven he can be a solid mixed league asset even with a limited workload. He's particularly valuable in shallower leagues (10/12 team leagues with short benches) and leagues with multiple DL spots, since there will be decent fill-ins available for the starts he misses in those formats.
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
Maeda recorded a 3.30 FIP and 27.7 K% as a starter before getting moved to the bullpen with a case of Dodgeritis. The Dodgers indicated that he will open with a rotation spot in lieu of Ross Stripling and Julio Urias, but he remains reasonably priced around the pick-200 range. That's a fair cost to pay for 130 innings with ample strikeouts and ratios close to his career 3.80 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Ride him out of the gate, but consider trading Maeda before another bullpen move if he starts strong.
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