Who Should I Draft?

Kenta Maeda or Yusei Kikuchi (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
42 of 59 experts
29%
Recommended by
17 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 58# 63
Best Rank# 30# 29
Worst Rank# 101# 115
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 175# 163
Best Rank# 154# 162
Worst Rank# 219# 180
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts149141
Wins109
Saves00
ERA3.673.89
WHIP1.211.28
   
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  Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played39
   
Games Started20
   
Innings Pitched125.2
   
Wins8
   
Losses10
   
Saves2
   
Blown Saves0
   
Holds5
   
Hits Allowed115
   
Earned Runs53
   
Home Runs Allowed13
   
Strikeouts153
   
Walks43
   
ERA3.81
   
WHIP1.26
   
  Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2925
   
Games Started2325
   
Innings Pitched138.1149.5
   
Wins109
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed124139
   
Earned Runs5665
   
Home Runs Allowed1719
   
Strikeouts149141
   
Walks4253
   
ERA3.673.89
   
WHIP1.211.28
   
  Kenta Maeda
SP - LAD
Kenta Maeda
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
News 
 Kenta Maeda struck out two in a scoreless ninth to pick up the save on Thursday versus the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
Yusei Kikuchi (6-11) allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four through six innings in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Astros. He was charged with his 11th loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 26th
 Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Wednesday in San Diego, allowing two runs on two hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 29th
Yusei Kikuchi allowed four earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out one across four innings in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Pirates. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 19th
 Kenta Maeda received a no-decision on Friday night in Atlanta, giving up three runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 17th
Yusei Kikuchi (6-10) allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out one through two 1/3 innings in Friday's 9-7 loss to the White Sox. He took his 10th loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
 Kenta Maeda earned the win on Saturday versus the D'Backs, twirling seven scoreless innings and allowing just three hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 11th
Yusei Kikuchi allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five through five innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Astros. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 8th
 Kenta Maeda was charged for five runs on five hits over just 2 2/3 innings in Sunday's no-decision versus the Padres.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 5th
Yusei Kikuchi (6-9) allowed three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out one through five innings in Sunday's 11-3 win over the Rangers. He picked up his sixth win of the season.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 Over his first three seasons with the Dodgers, Maeda has finished as the SP19, SP33, and SP49 in standard 5x5 rotisserie leagues, despite averaging just 145 innings pitched per season. He is a good bet to again produce an ERA around 3.80, WHIP around 1.20, and better than a strikeout per inning. While it would be unwise to expect more than around 130 innings from Maeda this season, given how the Dodgers have handled Maeda and the rest of their pitching staff over the last couple years, he's proven he can be a solid mixed league asset even with a limited workload. He's particularly valuable in shallower leagues (10/12 team leagues with short benches) and leagues with multiple DL spots, since there will be decent fill-ins available for the starts he misses in those formats.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Signed by Seattle this winter, Kikuchi heads to the U.S. with a career 2.77 ERA in eight seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. The Japanese signee is expected to make his MLB debut in the Tokyo Dome, giving some last-minute drafters a sneak peek that could vastly sway his cost. Since Kikuchi is accustomed to working in a six-man rotation, Seattle plans to limit him to around five innings per start, which jeopardizes his win potential but could help fortify his ratios. He's a bit of an unknown without a sky-high ceiling, but the 27-year-old southpaw could make a solid mid-rotation piece if competitors get scared off by his uncertainty.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Maeda recorded a 3.30 FIP and 27.7 K% as a starter before getting moved to the bullpen with a case of Dodgeritis. The Dodgers indicated that he will open with a rotation spot in lieu of Ross Stripling and Julio Urias, but he remains reasonably priced around the pick-200 range. That's a fair cost to pay for 130 innings with ample strikeouts and ratios close to his career 3.80 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Ride him out of the gate, but consider trading Maeda before another bullpen move if he starts strong.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Kikuchi's numbers from Japan translate to an MLB pitcher similar to Zack Wheeler last year, and like Wheeler, Kikuchi's arm could potentially blossom into much more to fantasy owners. He is by no means similar to Ohtani or Darvish before him, but 370 Ks and a 2.45 ERA in his last two seasons is nothing to sneeze at.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros