Who Should I Draft?

Kirby Yates or Josh Hader (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
31 of 59 experts
47%
Recommended by
28 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 42
Best Rank# 24# 19
Worst Rank# 89# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 108# 105
Best Rank# 100# 101
Worst Rank# 147# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts88115
Wins34
Saves2913
ERA3.172.69
WHIP1.111.04
   
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# 32# 44
   
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# 31# 42
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 36# 38
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
# 36# 56
   
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The Athletic
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FantasyPros
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# 50# 51
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 43# 44
   
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The Fantasy Fix
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The Fake Baseball
# 32# 21
   
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The Athletic
# 34# 32
   
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KJ
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 40# 35
   
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Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 66# 55
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 89# 52
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6555
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.081.0
   
Wins56
   
Losses31
   
Saves1212
   
Blown Saves15
   
Holds1621
   
Hits Allowed4136
   
Earned Runs1522
   
Home Runs Allowed69
   
Strikeouts90143
   
Walks1730
   
ERA2.142.43
   
WHIP0.920.81
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6560
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.173.0
   
Wins34
   
Losses33
   
Saves2913
   
Blown Saves62
   
Holds215
   
Hits Allowed4946
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed89
   
Strikeouts88115
   
Walks2130
   
ERA3.172.69
   
WHIP1.111.04
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
News 
 Kirby Yates picked up his 39th save of the year on Saturday against the Giants, striking out the side to preserve the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
Josh Hader picked up his 35th save of the season Sunday against the Pirates, allowing one hit and striking out three in 1.1 innings pitched.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 23rd
 Kirby Yates earned his 38th save of the season on Monday versus the Dodgers, striking out the side to protect the 4-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 27th
Josh Hader converted his 34th save of the season Thursday against the Padres, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 19th
 Kirby Yates registered his 37th save of the year on Sunday versus the Red Sox, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
Josh Hader picked up his 33rd save of the season Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Kirby Yates earned his 35th save on Sunday versus the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
Josh Hader earned the save Saturday against the Cardinals, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Kirby Yates preserved the 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, securing his 34th save of the season with the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
Josh Hader earned his 29th save Sunday against the Cubs, striking out both of the batters he faced.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
Notes 
 Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
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 Padres kept their assembly line of elite relievers running when Brad Hand's midseason trade propelled Yates into the ninth inning. Hardly a downgrade, he posted a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with the sixth-highest K-BB% (29.2) of all qualified relievers. He could follow Hand's path out of San Diego, but there's no guarantee he'd settle for a setup role elsewhere. At least a safe bet to keep the job with an exceptional strikeout tally while still on the team, drafters should pick him now and worry about a potential deal later.
Andrew Gould - 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
 The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
Bobby Sylvester - 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