Who Should I Draft?

Josh Hader or Yu Darvish (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 46
Best Rank# 19# 8
Worst Rank# 117# 93
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 105# 143
Best Rank# 101# 137
Worst Rank# 129# 148
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts115160
Wins49
Saves130
ERA2.693.79
WHIP1.041.23
   
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  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played558
   
Games Started08
   
Innings Pitched81.040.1
   
Wins61
   
Losses13
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds210
   
Hits Allowed3636
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed97
   
Strikeouts14349
   
Walks3021
   
ERA2.434.95
   
WHIP0.811.43
   
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6024
   
Games Started024
   
Innings Pitched73.0140.6
   
Wins49
   
Losses38
   
Saves130
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds150
   
Hits Allowed46122
   
Earned Runs2259
   
Home Runs Allowed918
   
Strikeouts115160
   
Walks3052
   
ERA2.693.79
   
WHIP1.041.23
   
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
News 
 Josh Hader converted his 34th save of the season Thursday against the Padres, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 19th
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
 Josh Hader picked up his 33rd save of the season Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
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
 Josh Hader earned the save Saturday against the Cardinals, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
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
 Josh Hader earned his 29th save Sunday against the Cubs, striking out both of the batters he faced.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
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
 Josh Hader (3-5) struck out four in two scoreless frames Saturday against the Cubs, allowing no hits and one walk.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
Yu Darvish did not factor into the decision in Wednesday's win over the Giants, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while striking out eight over 5.1 innings.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Aug 22nd
Notes 
 Hader registered three fewer strikeouts (143) than Miles Mikolas last season and eight more than Kenley Jansen and Ken Giles combined. Although not Milwaukee's full-time closer, he notched 12 saves and six wins with a 2.43 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He led all relievers in strikeout % (46.7) and swinging-strike rate (19.0%). As a result, he's an anomaly who should get drafted above middling closers even in standard five-by-five leagues. Despite his clear dominance, it's awfully tough paying such a steep price for a middle reliever who's no guarantee to vulture as many saves and wins. With a consensus ADP above Sean Doolittle, Kirby Yates, and Jose Leclerc, drafters should instead try to find the next Hader in the final rounds or on the waiver wire. This could all change, however, if injuries to Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel clear a path to saves. (The Brewers have also been linked to Craig Kimbrel.) Hader is a top-five stud in saves-plus-holds format who'd garner that same elite status in all leagues if given the closer's role.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Hader has dominant stuff and a proven ability to succeed in the ninth inning, but it remains to be seen whether he'll see as many save opportunities as he did last season. Regardless, he can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be worth rostering in many formats even if he isn't closing. If you're skeptical, consider this: Hader and Jeffress finished as the third and fourth most-valuable relievers in standard 5
Andrew Seifter - 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
 You may not get a dozen saves out of Hader again, but the 143 strikeouts and lights out ratios are here to stay. Those video game numbers make him a top 10 fantasy relief pitcher, as you won't find anyone more apt to help you in those three big categories.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros