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Who Should I Draft?

Lucas Giolito or Yu Darvish (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
25 of 43 experts
42%
Recommended by
18 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 20
Best Rank# 11# 9
Worst Rank# 42# 36
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 52# 63
Best Rank# 44# 57
Worst Rank# 65# 87
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7975
Wins54
Saves00
ERA3.924.04
WHIP1.201.20
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 20
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 17# 25
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 17
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 19# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 17# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 16# 19
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 14# 17
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 18# 19
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 19# 23
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 11# 20
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 15# 32
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 17# 19
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 13# 19
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 14# 16
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 16# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 26# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 15# 16
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 22
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 15# 20
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 22
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 16# 17
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 13# 25
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 18# 20
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 18# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 12# 17
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 11# 10
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 12# 10
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 15# 9
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 15
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 14
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 17# 14
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 13
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 13
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 19# 15
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 14
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 23# 14
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 17
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 24# 19
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 26# 16
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 27# 15
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 17
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 16
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 42# 34
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2931
   
Games Started2931
   
Innings Pitched177.3179.2
   
Wins146
   
Losses98
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed131140
   
Earned Runs6779
   
Home Runs Allowed2433
   
Strikeouts228229
   
Walks5756
   
ERA3.413.98
   
WHIP1.061.10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched67.164.1
   
Wins54
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5656
   
Earned Runs2929
   
Home Runs Allowed1010
   
Strikeouts7975
   
Walks2422
   
ERA3.924.04
   
WHIP1.201.20
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
News 
 Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (chest) is expected to make his Cactus League debut later this week, according to manager Rick Renteria.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Mar 2nd
Yu Darvish threw his new pitch, a two-seam, splitter hybrid in Saturday's intrasquad game. Darvish called the new pitch the "Supreme."
Brad Camara
Mon, Jul 6th
 Lucas Giolito (chest) threw a bullpen on Saturday and said afterwards that he feels 100 percent.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 22nd
Yu Darvish is the favorite to be the Cubs' Opening Day starter, but manager David Ross is also considering Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 1st
 Lucas Giolito (chest muscle) made throws from 150 feet on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Feb 19th
Yu Darvish (illness) is expected to pitch three innings Friday.
Brad Camara
Thu, Mar 5th
 Lucas Giolito is dealing with a strained muscle in his rib-cage area, and is expected to miss the first week of Cactus League play.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Feb 12th
 
Notes 
 There's a reason that you hear fantasy analysts say that you should target post-hype players: baseball is hard, man, and it takes time for players to fully figure it out. With his prospect pedigree, it took longer than most thought for Lucas Giolito to figure things out. But boy did he ever in 2019, with his 25-start dominating stretch to end the season. He looked like a totally different pitcher - but one who mowed down the league. Hitters are more often to click sooner than pitchers are in the big leagues, and if you look at his peripherals, there's not much to question about Giolito's breakout performance. As long as he keeps his increased velocity on his fastball, he'll continue to be a solid SP2 for fantasy managers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
There's a lot of focus on the second-half performance of Yu Darvish, one in which he allowed just seven walks over his final 13 starts, but not a lot on his dreadful first three months of the season, where he was at best a streamer who was walking everyone. Maybe he figured it out, but the whole is a greater sample than selected stretches. For Darvish, you're likely looking at a player who will be somewhere in between. He'll be a strikeout artist, but he'll be an average pitcher who is fine - not great - in the other categories. If his first half of the season in 2019 happened in the second half of the season instead, we'd be looking at him as a late-round flyer at best.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Giolito earned every bit of his breakout season, putting up an ERA that we nearly identical to his FIP and xFIP and a major gain in control. Most impressive for Giolito was his ability to limit contact on pitches in the strike zone - just 77.3%, second best in MLB behind Gerrit Cole. His raw stuff is elite, and another fantastic season should follow in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Darvish's season was a tale of two halves. He was utterly unplayable to begin the season, tallying a 1.56 WHIP through May and walking roughly six batters per nine innings. But Darvish pulled out of it and then some, walking only seven batters over his final 14 starts, during which he had a 2.95 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Can you fully trust Darvish? Probably not? But should you expect him to pitch closer to his second half than his first? For sure.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Which Yu Darvish will we get? If if it second half 2019 Darvish, he will blow his ADP out of the water, if it is first half 2019 Darvish, he will be a big loss of investment. Honestly know way of knowing, just depends if you want to take the risk or not.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy