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Who Should I Draft?

Max Fried or Craig Kimbrel (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
26 of 51 experts
49%
Recommended by
25 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 52# 47
Best Rank# 24# 21
Worst Rank# 107# 95
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 132# 135
Best Rank# 103# 122
Worst Rank# 139# 155
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6130
Wins41
Saves012
ERA4.043.92
WHIP1.341.23
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 66
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 44# 53
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 39# 49
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 46
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 24# 95
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 50
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 52
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 26# 49
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 63
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 51# 64
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 47# 53
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 41# 69
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 44# 48
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 49# 51
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 42# 50
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 53
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 47# 59
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 58
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 60# 65
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 37# 80
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 52# 69
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 41# 77
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 30# 40
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 51# 52
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 39# 65
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 46# 44
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 47# 39
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 48# 29
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 49# 46
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 50# 48
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 50# 44
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 51# 50
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 51# 48
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 51# 37
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 40
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 55# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 57# 48
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 57# 56
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 59# 29
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 60# 42
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 61# 57
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 64# 47
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 67# 48
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 68# 58
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 73# 45
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 76# 58
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 78# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 107# 31
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 21
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3323
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched166.121.3
   
Wins170
   
Losses64
   
Saves013
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed17521
   
Earned Runs7715
   
Home Runs Allowed219
   
Strikeouts17330
   
Walks4712
   
ERA4.186.53
   
WHIP1.341.60
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1122
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched60.821.7
   
Wins41
   
Losses31
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6016
   
Earned Runs279
   
Home Runs Allowed74
   
Strikeouts6130
   
Walks2110
   
ERA4.043.92
   
WHIP1.341.23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Max Fried improved to 2-0 on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, spinning six innings of one-run ball while striking out three.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 5th
Cubs manager David Ross was noncommittal when asked whether Craig Kimbrel would remain the team’s closer going forward.
Brad Camara
Mon, Aug 3rd
 Braves starter Max Fried allowed just one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jul 31st
Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on two hits across two innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Pirates.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 1st
 Braves starter Max Fried allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jul 25th
Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on four walks across a 1/3 inning in Monday's 8-7 win over the Reds.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 28th
 Max Fried is scheduled to throw an intrasquad game on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 13th
Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two across 2/3 of an inning in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 8th
 Max Fried allowed two hits and five walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings against the Twins Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 11th
 
Notes 
 Fried is a popular breakout pick, but will the limitation early on his innings be too much for him to be a top 35 pitcher?
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Was Kimbrel's down year due to the long layoff from being unsigned, or was it the beginning of the end for one of the game's most dominant closers?
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Fried's 2019 was positive, but his 4.02 ERA and 1.33 WHIP left a lot to be desired. His 17 wins and solid strikeout rate masked some of the issues, but he certainly doesn't look like a pitcher ready to jump into the upper echelon. Still, Fried's FIP and xFIP were lower than his ERA, and his expected stats showed he had some bad luck. Put it all together and Fried's a decent option with upside, but not one who you should expect to lead your fantasy rotation in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Kimbrel waited to sign until months into the season, and the results weren't pretty. He battled injury and was entirely ineffective, pitching to an 8.10 ERA and walking more than five batters per nine innings. Whether the complete lack of control was a continuing trend or just due to rust/injuries. But, either way, the price on Kimbrel should be the cheapest in years, and if you're waiting on saves, he's as good an option to take a chance on as anyone.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Fried likely has the highest fantasy ceiling of all Braves pitchers and certainly the most strikeout potential. You just have to be okay with the growing pains that come along with it.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy