Who Should I Draft?

Chris Archer or Yu Darvish (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 43# 46
Best Rank# 13# 8
Worst Rank# 78# 93
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 124# 143
Best Rank# 96# 137
Worst Rank# 128# 148
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts198160
Wins119
Saves00
ERA3.773.79
WHIP1.261.23
   
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  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played278
   
Games Started278
   
Innings Pitched148.140.1
   
Wins61
   
Losses83
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed15536
   
Earned Runs7122
   
Home Runs Allowed197
   
Strikeouts16249
   
Walks4921
   
ERA4.314.95
   
WHIP1.381.43
   
  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3124
   
Games Started3124
   
Innings Pitched179.7140.6
   
Wins119
   
Losses108
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed169122
   
Earned Runs7559
   
Home Runs Allowed2218
   
Strikeouts198160
   
Walks5852
   
ERA3.773.79
   
WHIP1.261.23
   
  Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
News 
 Chris Archer allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Marlins on Sunday. He walked three and struck out eight in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
Yu Darvish allowed one run on two hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday. He walked one and struck out ten in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
 Chris Archer allowed seven runs on six hits over six innings in the Pirates' 7-5 loss to the Braves on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out eight while falling to 3-6.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 12th
Yu Darvish allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Rockies on Monday. He walked none and struck out three in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 11th
 Chris Archer allowed one run on six hits over six innings in the Pirates' 6-1 win over the Braves on Thursday. He walked two and struck out six while improving to 3-5.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
Yu Darvish allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits over 5.1 innings in the Cubs' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. He walked three and struck out five in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 5th
 Chris Archer allowed four runs on five hits over seven innings in the Pirates' 9-4 win over the Brewers on Friday. He walked two and struck out seven while improving to 2-5.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 1st
Yu Darvish allowed one run on three hits over six innings in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Friday. He walked three and struck out six in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 1st
 Chris Archer allowed four runs on six hits over five innings in the Pirates' 11-7 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. He walked six and struck out three while falling to 1-5.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
Yu Darvish allowed six runs on 12 hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 8-6 win over the Reds on Saturday. He walked two and struck out five in the no decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
Notes 
 Archer has proven to be a pitcher who consistently posts a higher ERA than his advanced metrics suggest he deserves. At this point, we should no longer be expecting that to suddenly change. Until we see otherwise, expect Archer to post an ERA around 4.00, a WHIP in the 1.20s, and a fairly strong strikeout rate.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Darvish missed most of the 2018 season due to elbow and triceps injuries, and he was clearly not himself for the 40 innings he was able to pitch. Health has been a constant concern for Darvish, but he's been a consistently dominant strikeout pitcher, and last year was the first time in his Major League career that he's had an ERA over 3.90 or WHIP above 1.28. His team context in Chicago remains great, so the chance of a big bounce back season is there if he can just stay off of the DL.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, well, look at all those strikeouts. Fool me three times … but his FIP is still lower. Even though he missed over a month with an abdominal strain last year, Archer has amassed the sixth-most strikeouts (644) over the last three seasons. He has collected a 3.64 FIP and 3.54 SIERA during that span. His ERA also ballooned above 4.00 each year. How many times can we keep putting our hand on the hot stove? Archer's fastball has ceded a slugging percentage above .500 in each campaign, so he wields no other effective pitch beyond his slider. He's an elite source of strikeouts, but don't expect a positive ERA contribution.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Arthroscopic elbow surgery limited Darvish to eight starts in 2018. Adding insult to injury, he wasn't even good (4.95 ERA) in his brief time on the mound. He has now pitched 327 innings over the last four seasons combined. Darvish reportedly added 10-15 pounds of muscle during the offseason, and he said he feels far more comfortable in Chicago after dealing with pressure from signing a hefty contract. There's always the chance he stays healthy and drafters steal an ace with a career 3.49 ERA and 11.04 K/9. There's also, however, enough risk to proceed with caution. He's the ultimate boom-or-bust SP3.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros