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Who Should I Draft?

Freddie Freeman or Yu Darvish (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
52 of 55 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 18
Best Rank# 6# 10
Worst Rank# 34# 40
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 11# 17
Best Rank# 9# 16
Worst Rank# 13# 19
   
Projections 
   
Runs106
Home Runs3223
RBI109
Stolen Bases6
Batting Avg.304
Strikeouts118217
Wins13
Saves0
ERA3.37
WHIP1.10
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 17
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 22
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 12# 15
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 13# 23
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 16# 23
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 13# 18
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 14# 16
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 13# 18
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 13# 15
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 40
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 13# 18
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 12# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 18
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 13# 18
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 14# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 11# 19
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 13# 19
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 17
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 13# 21
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 13# 18
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 13# 19
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 13# 18
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 15# 18
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 13# 18
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 18
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 13# 25
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 13# 17
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 14# 16
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 12# 19
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 18
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 11# 18
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 13# 20
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 13# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 17
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 13# 17
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 18
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 12# 17
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 13# 17
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 13# 21
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 14# 35
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 13# 31
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 9# 17
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 13# 16
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 9# 23
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 12# 21
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 13# 17
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 14# 17
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 13# 21
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 11# 22
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 13# 18
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 10# 18
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 12# 10
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 12
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 34# 19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs51
   
Home Runs135
   
RBI53
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.341
   
Strikeouts3793
   
Wins8
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.01
   
WHIP0.96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs106
   
Home Runs3223
   
RBI109
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.304
   
Strikeouts118217
   
Wins13
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.37
   
WHIP1.10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Freddie Freeman
1B - ATL
Freddie Freeman
Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
News 
 Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a grand slam, a walk, and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Steve Painter
Sun, May 16th
Yu Darvish gave up no earned runs in 7.0 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Rockies on Monday. Darvish struck out 10 and walked 0 in the outing.
Matt Flipi
Tue, May 18th
 Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a single, and a walk, in Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Steve Painter
Sat, May 15th
Yu Darvish gave up 0 earned runs in 4 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Rockies in the first game of their double-header on Wednesday. Darvish struck out 2 and walked 1 in the outing.
Matt Flipi
Thu, May 13th
 Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with two singles, a solo homer, and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Steve Painter
Sun, May 9th
Yu Darvish gave up 2 earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Pirates on Wednesday. Darvish struck out 8 and walked 1 in the outing.
Matt Flipi
Thu, May 6th
 Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two walks in Saturday's game against the Phillies.
Steve Painter
Sat, May 8th
Yu Darvish gave up 1 earned run in 6.1 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Giants on Friday. Darvish struck out 12 and walked 3 in the outing.
Matt Flipi
Sat, May 1st
 Freddie Freeman went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored in Wednesday's game against the Nationals.
Steve Painter
Wed, May 5th
Yu Darvish gave up 1 earned run in 7 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Friday. Darvish struck out 9 and walked 3 in the outing.
Matt Flipi
Sat, Apr 24th
Notes 
 Although there were questions about Freeman's 2020 season because of his battle with COVID-19 prior to the season, those questions were answered and then some with his MVP season. The statcast leaderboard is littered with Freeman's name, as he ranked in the top nine percent of the league in barrel rate, average exit velocity, expected batting average, expected slugging percentage, wOBA, xwOBA, xwOBAcon, hard hit percentage, strikeout percentage, and walk percentage. Freeman likely won't reach double digits in steals, but that is about the only negative thing you can say about his fantasy outlook. He's as safe as they come in the other four hitting categories, and comes with next to no risk. He'll likely cost a borderline first round pick on draft day, but he is worth it.
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
  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