Who Should I Draft?

Madison Bumgarner or Yu Darvish (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
40 of 59 experts
32%
Recommended by
19 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 38# 46
Best Rank# 18# 8
Worst Rank# 67# 93
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 96# 143
Best Rank# 67# 137
Worst Rank# 108# 148
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts164160
Wins109
Saves00
ERA3.703.79
WHIP1.221.23
   
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  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played218
   
Games Started218
   
Innings Pitched130.140.1
   
Wins61
   
Losses73
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed11836
   
Earned Runs4722
   
Home Runs Allowed147
   
Strikeouts10949
   
Walks4321
   
ERA3.264.95
   
WHIP1.241.43
   
  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2924
   
Games Started2924
   
Innings Pitched181.9140.6
   
Wins109
   
Losses118
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed170122
   
Earned Runs7559
   
Home Runs Allowed2418
   
Strikeouts164160
   
Walks5152
   
ERA3.703.79
   
WHIP1.221.23
   
  Madison Bumgarner
SP - SF
Madison Bumgarner
Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
News 
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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
 Madison Bumgarner earned the win on Tuesday versus the A's, striking out nine while spinning seven innings of one-run ball.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 14th
Yu Darvish pitched seven shutout innings while striking out 10 in the Cubs’ 7-5 loss to the Phillies.
Brandon Plutner
Fri, Aug 16th
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
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
 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
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