Who Should I Draft?

Wade Davis or Will Smith (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
55 of 59 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 68
Best Rank# 24# 43
Worst Rank# 84# 111
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 121# 297
Best Rank# 101# 166
Worst Rank# 151# 928
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7575
Wins33
Saves3424
ERA3.662.96
WHIP1.221.13
   
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Injury Alert-DTD
   
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# 58# 66
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 83
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 76
   
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# 55# 68
   
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# 65# 111
   
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USA Today
# 53# 95
   
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# 24# 50
   
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# 44# 79
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 54# 62
   
Tim Young
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# 67
   
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The Athletic
# 84# 89
   
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The Athletic
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# 57# 58
   
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# 66# 67
   
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# 41# 53
   
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# 46# 89
   
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# 50# 59
   
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# 65# 63
   
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# 70# 68
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 72# 44
   
  Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6954
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched65.253.2
   
Wins32
   
Losses63
   
Saves4314
   
Blown Saves64
   
Holds06
   
Hits Allowed4337
   
Earned Runs3015
   
Home Runs Allowed83
   
Strikeouts7871
   
Walks2615
   
ERA4.132.55
   
WHIP1.060.98
   
  Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6361
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.259.0
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves3424
   
Blown Saves47
   
Holds14
   
Hits Allowed5046
   
Earned Runs2519
   
Home Runs Allowed85
   
Strikeouts7575
   
Walks2721
   
ERA3.662.96
   
WHIP1.221.13
   
  Wade Davis
RP - COL
Wade Davis
Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
News 
 Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are removing Wade Davis from the closer role.
John Aubin
Fri, Aug 2nd
Will Smith was unavailable for Tuesday's save chance versus the Pirates due to back inflammation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
 Wade Davis was hit hard on Wednesday versus the Dodgers, giving up five runs (via two homers) and recording just one out.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 1st
Will Smith allowed a solo homer but held on to earn the save and protect the 5-4 win on Friday versus the Dodgers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 7th
 Wade Davis picked up his 15th save of the year on Thursday against the Nationals, striking out the side to secure the 8-7 Rockies win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 25th
Will Smith picked up his 30th save of the season on Sunday in Oakland, throwing a scoreless ninth as the Giants won 5-4.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 25th
 Wade Davis allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning on Tuesday versus the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 17th
Will Smith picked up the win on Friday in Arizona despite allowing two runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 17th
 Wade Davis threw a scoreless ninth on Friday versus Cincinnati to earn his 13th save of the year.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 13th
Will Smith secured the save on Saturday versus the Phillies, striking out two while throwing a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 11th
Notes 
 You may feel comfortable with the fact that Wade Davis is incredible, but beware of Coors. The saves will come, but chances are high that his ratios will lag behind what you are looking for in a closer. At his current ADP, you will almost certainly be able to wait and snag a better option.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Smith doesn't have much competition for saves at this point, but he hasn't exactly been the most durable reliever. More importantly, he will be a valuable trade chip mid-season as a lefty setup man, so take the saves while you can with Smith, but know they might not stick around all year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Davis was shaky at times in his first season in Colorado, but he led the National League with 43 saves, and a strong 10.74 K/9 and 1.06 WHIP offset his bloated 4.13 ERA. Expect his ERA and WHIP to move closer to his career marks of 3.50 and 1.25, respectively, though each may be a bit higher because of the Coors Field effect. Barring a total collapse, Davis should have plenty of job security and again be a top-20 fantasy closer.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Smith and Mark Melancon will reportedly enter spring training as the top two candidates to serve as the Giants' closer in 2019. While Smith has clearly done far more to deserve the job, the Giants' desire to save face on Melancon's bloated $62 million contract may make him the slight favorite. After posting a strong 2.55 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in the role last season, Smith could be a very good fantasy closer if he's able to win the job.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 It only takes one bad week to torpedo a reliever's season. Davis relinquished eight runs in three outings from Aug. 2-9, raising his ERA from 4.20 to 5.51. He recovered back to 4.13 by allowing one run over his last 18 innings, but the final line remains far too high for a pricey reliever. Despite looking more like his dominant self down the stretch, diminished velocity and a putrid 49.4% first-pitch strike rate pose major problems. The Rockies kept him in the ninth all season over the clearly superior Adam Ottavino, who signed with the Yankees, so job security makes Davis one of few "saves are saves" picks still left on the table.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros