Who Should I Draft?

Kirby Yates or Yu Darvish (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 39# 46
Best Rank# 24# 8
Worst Rank# 89# 93
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 108# 143
Best Rank# 100# 137
Worst Rank# 147# 148
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts88160
Wins39
Saves290
ERA3.173.79
WHIP1.111.23
   
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  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played658
   
Games Started08
   
Innings Pitched63.040.0
   
Wins51
   
Losses33
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves10
   
Holds160
   
Hits Allowed4136
   
Earned Runs1522
   
Home Runs Allowed67
   
Strikeouts9049
   
Walks1721
   
ERA2.144.95
   
WHIP0.921.43
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6524
   
Games Started024
   
Innings Pitched63.1140.6
   
Wins39
   
Losses38
   
Saves290
   
Blown Saves60
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed49122
   
Earned Runs2259
   
Home Runs Allowed818
   
Strikeouts88160
   
Walks00
   
ERA3.173.79
   
WHIP1.111.23
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
News 
 Kirby Yates struck out one in a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th save of the year on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Apr 21st
Yu Darvish allowed three runs on five hits over five innings in the Cubs' 6-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday. He walked three and struck out seven while falling to 1-3.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Apr 20th
 Kirby Yates struck out one and allowed a hit in a non-save situation on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 20th
Yu Darvish allowed two runs on four hits over 5.2 innings in the Cubs' 7-2 win over the Marlins on Monday. He walked four and struck out eight while improving to 1-2.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Apr 16th
 Kirby Yates struck out the side and allowed one hit en route to picking up his ninth save of the season on Saturday versus the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Apr 14th
Yu Darvish allowed five runs on five hits over 5.1 innings in the Cubs' 5-2 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday. He struck out four and walked zero while falling to 0-2.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Apr 11th
 Kirby Yates struck out one and allowed two baserunners in a scoreless ninth to earn the save on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 10th
Yu Darvish allowed three runs on five hits over four innings in the Cubs' 9-4 loss to the Braves on Thursday. He walked four, struck out two, and fell to 0-1 on the year.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Apr 5th
 Kirby Yates struck out two and walked one in a scoreless ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 9th
Yu Darvish allowed three runs on two hits over 2.2 innings in the Cubs' 8-6 loss to the Rangers on Saturday. He struck out four and walked seven in a no decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Mar 31st
Notes 
 Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 The Padres kept their assembly line of elite relievers running when Brad Hand's midseason trade propelled Yates into the ninth inning. Hardly a downgrade, he posted a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with the sixth-highest K-BB% (29.2) of all qualified relievers. He could follow Hand's path out of San Diego, but there's no guarantee he'd settle for a setup role elsewhere. At least a safe bet to keep the job with an exceptional strikeout tally while still on the team, drafters should pick him now and worry about a potential deal later.
Andrew Gould - 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
 The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros