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Sean Doolittle or Jose Leclerc (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Expert
Recommendation
79%
Recommended by
44 of 56 experts
21%
Recommended by
12 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 47
Best Rank# 21# 26
Worst Rank# 62# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 118
Best Rank# 89# 106
Worst Rank# 130# 142
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7087
Wins33
Saves2929
ERA2.813.16
WHIP0.951.21
   
Misc 
   
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# 42# 59
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 62
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 56
   
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# 44# 48
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 41# 50
   
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USA Today
# 36# 41
   
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Razzball
# 46# 54
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 41# 46
   
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# 27# 43
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
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Beast Dome
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The Athletic
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CBS Sports
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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# 37# 54
   
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# 37# 45
   
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RotoBaller
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# 38# 52
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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Freeze Stats
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# 40# 52
   
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# 29# 56
   
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# 42# 58
   
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Fantrax
# 31# 48
   
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Fake Teams
# 31# 35
   
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# 39# 49
   
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Pitcher List
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FantasyPros
# 34# 32
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 33
   
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FantasyPros
# 40# 39
   
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FantasyPros
# 41# 36
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 33
   
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RotoBaller
# 47# 37
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 47# 26
   
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Razzball
# 53# 42
   
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Fake Teams
# 57# 31
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 59# 53
   
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played4359
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched45.058.1
   
Wins32
   
Losses33
   
Saves2512
   
Blown Saves14
   
Holds115
   
Hits Allowed2124
   
Earned Runs810
   
Home Runs Allowed31
   
Strikeouts6085
   
Walks625
   
ERA1.601.56
   
WHIP0.600.85
   
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5662
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched55.662.8
   
Wins33
   
Losses23
   
Saves2929
   
Blown Saves210
   
Holds32
   
Hits Allowed4142
   
Earned Runs1722
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts7087
   
Walks1234
   
ERA2.813.16
   
WHIP0.951.21
   
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
News 
 Nationals closer Sean Doolittle tossed a perfect ninth inning to convert his 16th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Phillies. He struck out one.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 21st
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday night that Jose Leclerc is close to regaining the closer role.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 6th
 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
Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
 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
Jose Leclerc left Monday's appearance versus Seattle with cramping in both of his calves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
 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
Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
 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
Rangers manager Chris Woodward says Jose Leclerc will function as the team's "opener" on Friday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 16th
Notes 
 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
Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
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
Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros