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
66%
Recommended by
37 of 56 experts
34%
Recommended by
19 of 56 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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# 39# 42
   
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# 33# 56
   
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# 36# 48
   
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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 versus Milwaukee, surrendering five runs (three earned) on five hits in six innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
Yu Darvish allowed one run on two hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday. He walked one and struck out ten in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
 Madison Bumgarner fell to 3-6 on Sunday versus the Dodgers, spinning seven innings of one-run ball while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
Yu Darvish allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Rockies on Monday. He walked none and struck out three in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 11th
 Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Tuesday versus the Mets, throwing six innings of three-run ball while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
Yu Darvish allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits over 5.1 innings in the Cubs' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. He walked three and struck out five in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 5th
 Madison Bumgarner fell to 3-5 on Wednesday in Miami, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 30th
Yu Darvish allowed one run on three hits over six innings in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Friday. He walked three and struck out six in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 1st
 Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Thursday versus Atlanta, allowing two runs on six hits over six solid innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 23rd
Yu Darvish allowed six runs on 12 hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 8-6 win over the Reds on Saturday. He walked two and struck out five in the no decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
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