Who Should I Draft?

Madison Bumgarner or Chris Archer (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
37 of 59 experts
37%
Recommended by
22 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 38# 44
Best Rank# 18# 13
Worst Rank# 67# 78
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 96# 124
Best Rank# 67# 96
Worst Rank# 108# 128
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts164198
Wins1011
Saves00
ERA3.703.77
WHIP1.221.26
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2127
   
Games Started2127
   
Innings Pitched130.1148.1
   
Wins66
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed118155
   
Earned Runs4771
   
Home Runs Allowed1419
   
Strikeouts109162
   
Walks4349
   
ERA3.264.31
   
WHIP1.241.38
   
  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2931
   
Games Started2931
   
Innings Pitched181.9179.7
   
Wins1011
   
Losses1110
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed170169
   
Earned Runs7575
   
Home Runs Allowed2422
   
Strikeouts164198
   
Walks5158
   
ERA3.703.77
   
WHIP1.221.26
   
  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Chris Archer
SP - PIT
Chris Archer
News 
 Madison Bumgarner fell to 9-9 on Thursday in Boston, allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
Chris Archer (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
 Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Saturday against Miami, tossing seven innings of two-run ball while giving up four hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 15th
Chris Archer was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 21st
 Madison Bumgarner earned the win on Friday versus the Padres, striking out nine while allowing just one run over seven innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
Chris Archer exited Tuesday's game after one inning because of right shoulder discomfort.
Andrew Gould
Tue, Aug 20th
 Madison Bumgarner was handed a no-decision on Saturday, giving up two earned runs over five innings, while recording five strikeouts in the Giants' win over the Athletics.
Mike Falconieri
Mon, Aug 26th
Chris Archer was removed from Tuesday's game versus the Nationals with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 20th
 Madison Bumgarner fell to 8-8 on Sunday in Arizona, giving up four runs on six hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
Chris Archer allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings as the Pirates fell to the Angels 7-4.
Brandon Plutner
Thu, Aug 15th
Notes 
 Bumgarner was one of the best fantasy starters out there until a couple of years ago, but he hasn't been quite the same since his 2017 dirt bike accident. He has remained a help in ERA thanks to his ability to limit base hits, but his strikeout rate has plummeted and last year his walk rate rose as well. Bumgarner's peripherals suggest he is playing with fire, even in a very pitcher-friendly environment in San Francisco. Still just 29 years old, a big bounce back season cannot be completely discounted, but there is no question that Bumgarner is a risk-reward choice on draft day.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Archer has proven to be a pitcher who consistently posts a higher ERA than his advanced metrics suggest he deserves. At this point, we should no longer be expecting that to suddenly change. Until we see otherwise, expect Archer to post an ERA around 4.00, a WHIP in the 1.20s, and a fairly strong strikeout rate.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 A dirt-bike accident in 2017 and broken hand suffered last spring limited Bumgarner to 240.2 combined innings in the past two seasons. He had previously exceeded 200 in each of the last six seasons. While he could regain his workhorse label in 2019, the 29-year-old must combat declines in velocity, swinging strikes (9.2%), and strikeouts (19.8%). Don't pay for past success, but take him as a stable, high-floor SP3 if everyone else is fading the owner of a career 3.03 ERA.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, well, look at all those strikeouts. Fool me three times … but his FIP is still lower. Even though he missed over a month with an abdominal strain last year, Archer has amassed the sixth-most strikeouts (644) over the last three seasons. He has collected a 3.64 FIP and 3.54 SIERA during that span. His ERA also ballooned above 4.00 each year. How many times can we keep putting our hand on the hot stove? Archer's fastball has ceded a slugging percentage above .500 in each campaign, so he wields no other effective pitch beyond his slider. He's an elite source of strikeouts, but don't expect a positive ERA contribution.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros