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
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 44# 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 (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
Yu Darvish (6-8) took the tough luck loss Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks across 8.1 innings. He struck out 12.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 22nd
 Chris Archer was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 21st
Yu Darvish (6-7) took the loss Tuesday against the Reds, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk across seven innings. He struck out 13.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 18th
 Chris Archer exited Tuesday's game after one inning because of right shoulder discomfort.
Andrew Gould
Tue, Aug 20th
Yu Darvish threw five scoreless frames Saturday against the Brewers, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
 Chris Archer was removed from Tuesday's game versus the Nationals with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 20th
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start against the Milwaukee Brewers with right forearm tightness, the team announced. He is expected to be able to make his next start.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 1st
 Chris Archer allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings as the Pirates fell to the Angels 7-4.
Brandon Plutner
Thu, Aug 15th
Yu Darvish (5-6) pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn the win Tuesday against the Mets. He allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out seven.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
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