Who Should I Draft?

Will Smith or Jordan Hicks (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 68# 69
Best Rank# 43# 45
Worst Rank# 111# 217
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 297# 185
Best Rank# 166# 169
Worst Rank# 928# 225
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7567
Wins33
Saves2424
ERA2.963.56
WHIP1.131.36
   
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Injury AlertDTDIL60
   
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# 66# 87
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 83# 89
   
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# 68# 100
   
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# 63# 78
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 49# 88
   
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# 50# 68
   
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# 79# 81
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 62# 73
   
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# 73# 110
   
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The Athletic
# 57# 122
   
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# 65# 70
   
Dave McKay
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# 69# 90
   
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The Athletic
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# 101# 79
   
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# 102# 95
   
Brad Richter
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# 111# 94
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 60
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 75
   
  Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5473
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched53.278.3
   
Wins23
   
Losses34
   
Saves146
   
Blown Saves47
   
Holds624
   
Hits Allowed3759
   
Earned Runs1531
   
Home Runs Allowed32
   
Strikeouts7170
   
Walks1545
   
ERA2.553.59
   
WHIP0.981.34
   
  Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6165
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.069.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2424
   
Blown Saves77
   
Holds410
   
Hits Allowed4658
   
Earned Runs1927
   
Home Runs Allowed54
   
Strikeouts7567
   
Walks2136
   
ERA2.963.56
   
WHIP1.131.36
   
  Will Smith
RP - SF
Will Smith
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
News 
 Will Smith was unavailable for Tuesday's save chance versus the Pirates due to back inflammation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
The Cardinals officially placed Jordan Hicks on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 25th
 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
The Cardinals announced Jordan Hicks has been diagnosed with a torn UCL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 24th
 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
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Jordan Hicks is dealing with tricep tendinitis.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Jordan Hicks was removed from Saturday's game versus the Angels with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
Notes 
 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
Spring stats often get overblown, but how do you ignore someone throwing 103 mph and collecting eight strikeouts in his first 16 batters faced? Armed with what pitching coach Mike Maddux called "the best fastball I've ever seen," Hicks brandishes elite upside despite posting a middling 3.59 ERA and 7.4 K-BB% in his rookie season. Remember, the Cardinals bumped him up straight from Single-A, so the 22-year-old is still developing. He just may ascend into a top-shelf reliever as soon as this season, and it's possible that dominance would land him save opportunities. If opening 2019 as the Cardinals' closer, Hicks wields league-winning upside.
Andrew Gould - 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
Contrary to popular belief, Hicks is the favorite to land the Cardinals' closer job over Andrew Miller this season. He may not be as dynamite a reliever, but Hicks is excellent in his own respect. If he does get the job, expect loads of save opportunities to go with 70+ Ks and excellent ratios.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros