Who Should I Draft?

Kirby Yates or Ken Giles (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Expert
Recommendation
91%
Recommended by
51 of 56 experts
9%
Recommended by
5 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 39# 54
Best Rank# 24# 38
Worst Rank# 89# 124
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 108# 144
Best Rank# 100# 134
Worst Rank# 147# 157
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8874
Wins33
Saves2930
ERA3.173.60
WHIP1.111.18
   
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  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6555
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.050.2
   
Wins50
   
Losses33
   
Saves1226
   
Blown Saves10
   
Holds161
   
Hits Allowed4154
   
Earned Runs1526
   
Home Runs Allowed66
   
Strikeouts9053
   
Walks177
   
ERA2.144.65
   
WHIP0.921.21
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6563
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.163.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2930
   
Blown Saves62
   
Holds21
   
Hits Allowed4957
   
Earned Runs2225
   
Home Runs Allowed87
   
Strikeouts8874
   
Walks2118
   
ERA3.173.60
   
WHIP1.111.18
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
News 
 Kirby Yates picked up a save for the third straight day on Tuesday versus the Brewers, striking out two in a scoreless ninth to protect the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 19th
Ken Giles gave up a walk and a hit but was able to shut down the Red Sox in the ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a lead to earn his 12th save of the season.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Kirby Yates was at it again on Monday versus Milwaukee, striking out one in a perfect ninth to secure his 25th save of the season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
Giles was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Toronto's game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
James Bisson
Thu, Jun 20th
 Kirby Yates struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his 24th save of the season on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
Ken Giles who is on the injured list with elbow issues threw 22 pitches to hitters Wednesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Jun 20th
 Kirby Yates allowed a solo homer in the twelfth inning of Friday's 16-12 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
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
 Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to preserve the 5-4 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 7th
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
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
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
 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
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
 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
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