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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
53 of 56 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 56 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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 12# 20
   
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-3 with a single and a run scored against the Mets Sunday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Oct 3rd
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
 Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI against the Mets Saturday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Oct 3rd
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
 Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk against the Padres Sunday.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 26th
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
 Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, two doubles, and an additional two runs scored against the Diamondbacks Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 23rd
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
 Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, two RBI, and two runs scored against the Diamondbacks Monday.
Steve Painter
Tue, Sep 21st
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 
 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