Who Should I Draft?

Sean Doolittle or Kirby Yates (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
35 of 59 experts
41%
Recommended by
24 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 40
Best Rank# 21# 24
Worst Rank# 62# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 108
Best Rank# 89# 100
Worst Rank# 130# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7088
Wins33
Saves2929
ERA2.813.17
WHIP0.951.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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# 41# 42
   
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# 36# 48
   
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# 30# 54
   
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# 23# 56
   
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The Athletic
# 35# 36
   
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CBS Sports
# 29# 37
   
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CBS Sports
# 42# 56
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 39# 44
   
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# 44# 48
   
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The Athletic
# 29# 34
   
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The Athletic
# 45# 48
   
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# 40# 50
   
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# 29# 49
   
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# 41# 56
   
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# 42# 51
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 34# 43
   
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# 31# 44
   
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# 36# 59
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 51
   
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# 39# 43
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 34
   
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The Athletic
# 38# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 37
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 39# 32
   
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FantasyPros
# 40# 38
   
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FanGraphs
# 41# 37
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 41# 36
   
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# 41# 38
   
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The Athletic
# 42# 32
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 36
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 31
   
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# 44# 40
   
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# 46# 37
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 47# 29
   
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Razzball
# 53# 45
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 30
   
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Fake Teams
# 57# 30
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 59# 48
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 62# 40
   
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played4365
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched45.063.0
   
Wins35
   
Losses33
   
Saves2512
   
Blown Saves11
   
Holds116
   
Hits Allowed2141
   
Earned Runs815
   
Home Runs Allowed36
   
Strikeouts6090
   
Walks617
   
ERA1.602.14
   
WHIP0.600.92
   
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5665
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched55.663.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses23
   
Saves2929
   
Blown Saves26
   
Holds32
   
Hits Allowed4149
   
Earned Runs1722
   
Home Runs Allowed78
   
Strikeouts7088
   
Walks1221
   
ERA2.813.17
   
WHIP0.951.11
   
  Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
News 
 The Nationals placed Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with knee tendinitis.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
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
 Nationals closer Sean Doolittle allowed one walk and struck out one over one inning to earn his 28th save of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 17th
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
 Nationals closer Sean Doolittle earned his 27th save of the season in Monday's win over the Reds, but he allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk in the process.
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 13th
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
 Nationals closer Sean Doolittle struck out one over a perfect ninth inning to convert his 26th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Mets.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 12th
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
 Nationals closer Sean Doolittle allowed four earned runs on six hits over 2/3 of an inning to blow his fifth save of the season and take the loss in Friday's game against the Mets.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 10th
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
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
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
 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
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
 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
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