Who Should I Draft?

Sean Doolittle or Luis Castillo (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 37
Best Rank# 22# 21
Worst Rank# 78# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 128# 102
Best Rank# 114# 89
Worst Rank# 846# 130
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts16970
Wins113
Saves029
ERA3.862.81
WHIP1.220.95
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 38# 42
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 44# 56
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 43
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 38# 44
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 56# 59
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 22# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 34# 36
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 46
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 30# 41
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 30# 35
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 38# 42
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 48# 62
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 46
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 38# 39
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 40
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 34# 44
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 39
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 42# 57
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 35# 36
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 38# 41
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 33# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 39# 53
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 42# 47
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 25# 40
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 37# 42
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 28# 31
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 39
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 39# 48
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 39# 42
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 67# 21
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 46# 23
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 46# 27
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 54# 29
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 41# 29
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 42# 29
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 44# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 54# 31
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 75# 31
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 61# 32
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 41# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 44# 33
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 78# 34
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 41# 34
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 45# 35
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 53# 36
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 46# 36
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 47# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 39# 37
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 60# 38
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 41# 38
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 54# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 44# 41
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 41
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 66# 41
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 59# 46
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 56# 47
   
  Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3143
   
Games Started310
   
Innings Pitched170.245.0
   
Wins103
   
Losses123
   
Saves025
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed15821
   
Earned Runs818
   
Home Runs Allowed283
   
Strikeouts16560
   
Walks496
   
ERA4.301.60
   
WHIP1.220.60
   
  Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3056
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched169.955.6
   
Wins113
   
Losses102
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed15641
   
Earned Runs7317
   
Home Runs Allowed247
   
Strikeouts16970
   
Walks5212
   
ERA3.862.81
   
WHIP1.220.95
   
  Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
News 
 Luis Castillo (15-6) earned the win Friday against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks across five innings. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
The Nationals placed Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with knee tendinitis.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
 Luis Castillo (14-6) took the loss Saturday against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks across 7.2 innings. He struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
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
 Luis Castillo (14-5) earned the win Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out eight.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
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
 Luis Castillo (13-5) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out 11 to earn the win Tuesday against the Marlins.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
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
 Luis Castillo (12-5) picked up the win Wednesday against the Padres, allowing one run on five hits and no walks across six innings, while punching out four.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 21st
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
Notes 
 Castillo quickly became a darling of the analytics community last season but failed to meet the expectations of those who reached for him in fantasy. He is still plenty young and talented, however, so don't give up on him less the breakout comes a year later than everyone planned for.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
 Castillo was a trendy breakout pick last season, but instead his strikeout rate fell and he was victimized by the home run ball. However, just as many fantasy managers' attention turned to football, Castillo dominated his way through September, delivering a 1.09 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over the season's final month. In other words, there is plenty of post-hype sleeper appeal here as long as his draft price remains reasonable.
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
 One of last spring's top breakout candidates, Castillo posted an underwhelming 4.30 ERA. This year's version of Castillo is … still Castillo. While he started strong, the hard-throwing righty belatedly met the hype with a 2.44 ERA, 69 strikeouts, and 14 walks in 66.1 second-half frames. A 13.5% swinging-strike rate points to elite strikeout potential, so there's still an ace looming if he can curtail last year's home-run woes. While this could be a case of doubling down on the same mistake, Castillo is once a desirable high-upside SP3 target.
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