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
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 39
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--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
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Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 36# 48
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 46# 47
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
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Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 30# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 23# 56
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 35# 36
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 29# 37
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 42# 56
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 39# 44
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 44# 48
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 29# 34
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 45# 48
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 36# 67
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 37# 47
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
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RotoBaller
# 33# 43
   
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RotoBaller
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Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 32# 39
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 38# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 45
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 21# 40
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 41# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 66
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 36# 48
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 40# 50
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 29# 49
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 42# 51
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 31# 44
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 31# 52
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 39# 43
   
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Pitcher List
# 48# 59
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 34# 29
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 35# 34
   
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Razzball
# 36# 24
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 30
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 34
   
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The Athletic
# 38# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 37
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 39# 32
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 40# 38
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 41# 37
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 36
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 41# 38
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 42# 32
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 36
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 31
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 44# 40
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 46# 39
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 46# 37
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 47# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 53# 45
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 57# 30
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 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 
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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
 Nationals closer Sean Doolittle struck out one over a perfect ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season in Saturday‚Äôs win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season on Friday night versus the Marlins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 1st
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