Who Should I Draft?

Masahiro Tanaka or Kirby Yates (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
36 of 59 experts
39%
Recommended by
23 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 40
Best Rank# 20# 24
Worst Rank# 60# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 120# 108
Best Rank# 97# 100
Worst Rank# 129# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts16688
Wins123
Saves029
ERA3.803.17
WHIP1.171.11
   
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# 27# 31
   
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# 29# 89
   
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# 40# 54
   
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# 20# 56
   
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# 44# 56
   
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# 37# 32
   
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# 38# 36
   
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Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 60# 37
   
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2765
   
Games Started270
   
Innings Pitched156.063.0
   
Wins125
   
Losses63
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds016
   
Hits Allowed14141
   
Earned Runs6515
   
Home Runs Allowed256
   
Strikeouts15990
   
Walks3517
   
ERA3.752.14
   
WHIP1.130.92
   
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2865
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched165.063.1
   
Wins123
   
Losses83
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves06
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed15649
   
Earned Runs7022
   
Home Runs Allowed248
   
Strikeouts16688
   
Walks3821
   
ERA3.803.17
   
WHIP1.171.11
   
  Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
News 
 Masahiro Tanaka picked up the win against the Angels on Thursday, giving up one earned run on four hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking none as the Yankees won by a 9-1 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 20th
Kirby Yates picked up his 39th save of the year on Saturday against the Giants, striking out the side to preserve the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
 Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts across five innings during a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
Kirby Yates earned his 38th save of the season on Monday versus the Dodgers, striking out the side to protect the 4-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 27th
 Masahiro Tanaka did not factor into the decision against Boston on Sunday, pitching four innings and giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out two. He did not walk a batter.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 9th
Kirby Yates registered his 37th save of the year on Sunday versus the Red Sox, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
 Masahiro Tanaka took the loss Monday as the Yankees were blanked 7-0 by the Rangers, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings while striking out five.
John Aubin
Tue, Sep 3rd
Kirby Yates earned his 35th save on Sunday versus the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
 Masahiro Tanaka got the win against the Mariners on Tuesday, giving up no runs on three hits over seven strong innings, striking out seven and walking one as the Yankees won by a 7-0 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 28th
Kirby Yates preserved the 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, securing his 34th save of the season with the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
Notes 
 Tanaka was basically the same pitcher last year as he was in 2017, but he shaved a run off of his ERA thanks to slight improvements in BABIP allowed, home runs allowed, and left-on-base percentage. Still, home runs remain an issue for Tanaka, which explains why his ERA generally lags behind his WHIP. He's also never made it to 200 innings, so he's not exactly a workhorse. At this point we should just accept Tanaka for what he is: a solid third or fourth fantasy starter.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
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
 Tanaka's xFIP (3.42) and SIERA (3.50) dropped 0.02 points apiece, but his ERA plunged nearly a full run from 4.74 to 3.75. That works just fine when paired with a 1.13 WHIP and 9.17 K/9. His elite skills support last season's approved ERA if he can avoid home-run catastrophe in Yankee Stadium. Just prepare to assume some added volatility when his splitter isn't clicking, and he's more likely to work 160 innings than 190. Those risks are all factored into his reasonable SP3 price.
Andrew Gould - 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
  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