Who Should I Draft?

Masahiro Tanaka or Sean Doolittle (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Expert
Recommendation
52%
Recommended by
29 of 56 experts
48%
Recommended by
27 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 37
Best Rank# 20# 21
Worst Rank# 60# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 120# 102
Best Rank# 97# 89
Worst Rank# 129# 130
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts16670
Wins123
Saves029
ERA3.802.81
WHIP1.170.95
   
Misc 
   
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# 37# 42
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 56
   
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# 27# 43
   
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# 43# 44
   
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Going For 2
# 32# 59
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 37# 41
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 47
   
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Beast Dome
# 20# 23
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 38
   
KJ
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The Athletic
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Justin Klein
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# 41# 29
   
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# 42# 33
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 41
   
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# 42# 36
   
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The Athletic
# 43# 38
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 44# 21
   
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# 44# 42
   
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# 45# 40
   
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# 48# 46
   
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# 50# 41
   
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Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 53# 29
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 54# 35
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 60# 39
   
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2743
   
Games Started270
   
Innings Pitched156.045.0
   
Wins123
   
Losses63
   
Saves025
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed14121
   
Earned Runs658
   
Home Runs Allowed253
   
Strikeouts15960
   
Walks356
   
ERA3.751.60
   
WHIP1.130.60
   
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2856
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched165.055.6
   
Wins123
   
Losses82
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed15641
   
Earned Runs7017
   
Home Runs Allowed247
   
Strikeouts16670
   
Walks3812
   
ERA3.802.81
   
WHIP1.170.95
   
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
News 
 Masahiro Tanaka picked up the win Monday in a 3-0 victory over the Rays, giving up two hits and a walk over nine shutout innings while striking out a season-high 10.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 18th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle recorded one out to earn his 14th save of the season in Saturday's win over the San Diego Padres.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
 Masahiro Tanaka gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Mets on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle allowed two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out two batters in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Padres. The blown save was his third of the season, and the loss drops him to 4-2 on the year.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
 Monday’s game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to rain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 10th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle earned his fourth win over the season in Wednesday's win over the Chicago White Sox, tossing a scoreless inning before Washington walked things off in the bottom of the ninth.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jun 6th
 Tanaka will return from the paternity list to start Monday against the Mets.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jun 8th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle earned his 12th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Reds. He struck out one.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 3rd
 The Yankees placed Masahiro Tanaka on the paternity leave list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle struck out one over a perfect ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season in Saturday’s win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
Notes 
 Tanaka was basically the same pitcher last year as he was in 2017, but he shaved a run off of his ERA thanks to slight improvements in BABIP allowed, home runs allowed, and left-on-base percentage. Still, home runs remain an issue for Tanaka, which explains why his ERA generally lags behind his WHIP. He's also never made it to 200 innings, so he's not exactly a workhorse. At this point we should just accept Tanaka for what he is: a solid third or fourth fantasy starter.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Doolittle is firmly established as the Nationals' closer heading into 2019, and he's proven to be an elite one when healthy. Unfortunately, injuries have been a frequent concern for Doolittle, which helps explain why the Nationals acquired two other relievers with closing experience in Trever Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Tanaka's xFIP (3.42) and SIERA (3.50) dropped 0.02 points apiece, but his ERA plunged nearly a full run from 4.74 to 3.75. That works just fine when paired with a 1.13 WHIP and 9.17 K/9. His elite skills support last season's approved ERA if he can avoid home-run catastrophe in Yankee Stadium. Just prepare to assume some added volatility when his splitter isn't clicking, and he's more likely to work 160 innings than 190. Those risks are all factored into his reasonable SP3 price.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Doolittle could be a top-five closer in a full season. He posted a 1.60 ERA, 60 strikeouts, six walks, and 25 saves in 45 innings. Anyone will need a microscope to see his 0.60 WHIP. Yet injuries are par for the course, as the 32-year-old has averaged 37 innings over the past four seasons. The elite skills-and steady ninth-inning role on a playoff contender-make Doolittle a borderline top-10 closer despite the likelihood of missed time.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
  Doolittle only had 25 saves and 60 strikeouts last year, but he had an absurd 0.600 WHIP. That isn't a typo. With a full season, don't be surprised when Doolittle finishes in the elite tier of fantasy closers.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros