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Who Should I Draft?

Francisco Lindor or Yu Darvish (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
39 of 56 experts
30%
Recommended by
17 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 16# 18
Best Rank# 7# 10
Worst Rank# 35# 40
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 16# 17
Best Rank# 15# 16
Worst Rank# 19# 19
   
Projections 
   
Runs97
Home Runs3023
RBI86
Stolen Bases18
Batting Avg.271
Strikeouts106217
Wins13
Saves0
ERA3.37
WHIP1.10
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 17
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 22
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 26# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 8# 23
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 15# 23
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 16# 18
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 11# 18
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 26# 40
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 16# 18
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 18# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 14# 18
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 17# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 18# 19
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 16# 19
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 16# 21
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 7# 18
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 16# 19
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 16# 18
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 16# 25
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 14# 17
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 17# 19
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 18
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 12# 18
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 17# 20
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 16# 32
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 15# 20
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 17
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 15# 17
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 16# 18
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 19# 21
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 16# 35
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 17# 31
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 15# 17
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 15# 16
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 15# 21
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 16# 17
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 15# 21
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 18# 22
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 16# 18
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 18# 15
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 12
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 18# 10
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 16
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 19# 15
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 16
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 21# 18
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 21# 18
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 23# 17
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 24# 19
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 17
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 25# 17
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 26# 18
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 27# 23
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 28# 18
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 33# 17
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 35# 18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs30
   
Home Runs85
   
RBI27
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.259
   
Strikeouts4193
   
Wins8
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.01
   
WHIP0.96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs97
   
Home Runs3023
   
RBI86
   
Stolen Bases18
   
Batting Avg.271
   
Strikeouts106217
   
Wins13
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.37
   
WHIP1.10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
News 
 Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. The Mets won 3-2.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Sep 20th
Yu Darvish went just four innings on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks. He salvaged some of his fantasy day with six strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 29th
 Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 on Sunday with three home runs and five RBIs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth. The Mets won 7-6 and are 72-72 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 14th
Yu Darvish pitched 5.1 innings on Thursday, allowing four earned runs while striking out seven. He only surrendered three hits, but struggled with command as he gave up three walks.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Sep 24th
 Francisco Lindor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Mets' six-run ninth inning. They won 13-6 Sunday and are 69-68 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
Yu Darvish pitched four innings on Monday, allowing eight earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out just three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 14th
 Francisco Lindor went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two singles, one home run, and four RBIs. Lindor hit a two-run shot off Nats closer Kyle Finnegan in the top of the ninth to win it for the Mets. With the win on, Saturday the Mets are 68-67 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
Yu Darvish pitched six innings on one run ball on Wednesday, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out seven batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 9th
 Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with a single and two stolen bases as the Mets won on Saturday. They're five games under .500 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Aug 31st
Yu Darvish went just 2.2 innings on Wednesday, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and one walk while only striking out three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 Lindor's season wasn't particularly impressive, as his surface numbers regressed fairly significantly from his previous three seasons. But, under the hood, not much changed. His walk rate and strikeout rate were largely steady, and his statcast data remained on par with his career marks. He also got much better to close the year, batting .285 with a 122 wRC+ over his final 39 games. Just 27 years old and now with a stronger lineup with the Mets, Lindor should put up numbers closer to his 2017-2019 levels, especially since he'll be playing for a new contract after this season. He'll come at a bit of a discount in the second round this year, and he's well worth your investment at that price.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
After a career year in 2020, Darvish moves to San Diego in a trade that shouldn't affect his strong 2021 outlook all that much. Despite his advancing age, Darvish built on the gains he had made over the second half of 2019, finishing with a 2.01 ER, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 31.3% strikeout rate. Darvish's walk rate has declined to a level once thought unattainable for the veteran, a mere 4.7%, which was in the top 8% of MLB in 2020. Although he'll be entering his age-35 season, there's simply nothing in Darvish's numbers, metrics, or statcast data that points to a decline. If you are desperate to find a negative, it's a move from the weak-hitting NL Central to the much stronger NL West, but that's hardly a reason to avoid Darvish. Draft him as an easy top-10 starter, and more like a top-5 option.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 If you were to judge Lindor by his 2020 triple slash line, then you'd think he had a disappointing season. To an extent, that's true! Lindor's .258/.335/.415 performance last summer certainly wasn't what fantasy managers were expecting. However, this looks like a case of someone who would've rebounded over the course of a full season. Lindor posted a career-high 41.1% hard-hit rate as well as a career-best air contact (55.8%), which measures fly balls and line drives. His arrival in New York will keep him in the conversation for the first two rounds of fantasy drafts this spring.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
In his first eight starts of 2019, Darvish allowed 33 free passes in 36 2/3 innings. Since then he has given up just 37 walks in 218 (!!) innings pitched. The key has been getting away from a slider he couldn't locate, combined with increased usage of his cutter. One of many offseason additions for the Padres this year, Darvish is a no-brainer, top-six SP entering 2021.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros