Kimbrel Added To IL

SCOUT ANALYST JOHN BOLLMAN'S TAKE

Craig Kimbrel was added to the IL yesterday with knee inflammation. He is not expected to miss more than the minimum and he said he probably could have pitched through it, but he did not want to make it worse. The Cubs will go with a closer by committee until Kimbrel returns.

REST OF SEASON OUTLOOK AND POSITION RANK

Expect Craig Kimbrel to be a reliable fantasy starter the rest of the season. His 50.29 projected fantasy points puts him at #5 behind Kenley Jansen and ahead of Sean Doolittle. He has averaged 5.13 fantasy points in his past 83 games, which is slightly more than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 4.76 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#9) is worse than his rank based on total fantasy points. He is underrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 93%, he is the #9 most highly owned reliever. Craig Kimbrel is expected to improve on this season-to-date's #30 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON RANK (RP) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2018
#3 Brad Hand (96% OWN)52 FP, 5 per game227 FP, 69 gp, 3.29 per game (#13)
#4 Kenley Jansen (95% OWN)51 FP, 5.5 per game266 FP, 68 gp, 3.91 per game (#11)
#5 Craig Kimbrel (93% OWN)50 FP, 4.76 per game351 FP, 63 gp, 5.57 per game (#2)
#6 Sean Doolittle (87% OWN)48 FP, 4.41 per game210 FP, 42 gp, 4.99 per game (#4)
#7 Edwin Diaz (83% OWN)45 FP, 4.44 per game434 FP, 73 gp, 5.95 per game (#1)

WEEK 23 AND 24 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Craig Kimbrel is projected for 1.42 fantasy points the rest of the week in week 23 which ranks him as the #19 projected reliever for the week and a starter for most fantasy teams. He is ranked above Hector Neris but behind Mark Melancon the rest of the week. Week 24 will be better based on projected rank (#12). He is projected for 10.88 fantasy points.

9/1 TO 9/1 RANK (RP)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#17 Brad Hand1.51 FP (92% ST)5 FP
#18 Mark Melancon1.46 FP (55% ST)3.37 FP
#19 Craig Kimbrel1.42 FP (79% ST)4.76 FP
#20 Hector Neris1.4 FP (70% ST)3.76 FP
#21 Aroldis Chapman1.39 FP (95% ST)4.5 FP
9/2 TO 9/8 RANK (RP)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#10 Jose Leclerc11 FP (40% ST)3.61 FP
#11 Felipe Vazquez11 FP (87% ST)3.99 FP
#12 Craig Kimbrel10.9 FP (79% ST)4.76 FP
#13 Kirby Yates10.8 FP (92% ST)3.83 FP
#14 Aroldis Chapman9.4 FP (95% ST)4.5 FP

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Also included are actual stats from the current and last season.

CRAIG KIMBRELFPSVHDIPKBB
Rest of 2019506.70.510.314.34.5
-- Per Game (11 Proj)4.80.630.050.981.40.42
8/26 to 9/1 (0.4 Games)1.40.200.020.380.640.20
9/2 to 9/8 (2.4 Games)10.91.40.122.33.10.96
2019 Season75130182510
-- Per Game (20 GP)3.70.650.000.921.20.50
2018 to 20194265507812141
-- Per Game (83 GP)5.10.660.000.941.50.49