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
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 39
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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# 29# 89
   
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The Athletic
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  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 gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Mets on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
Kirby Yates struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his 24th save of the season on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 Monday‚Äôs game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to rain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 10th
Kirby Yates allowed a solo homer in the twelfth inning of Friday's 16-12 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Tanaka will return from the paternity list to start Monday against the Mets.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jun 8th
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to preserve the 5-4 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 7th
 The Yankees placed Masahiro Tanaka on the paternity leave list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season on Friday night versus the Marlins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 1st
 Tanaka may miss his next scheduled start Sunday in Cleveland due to the birth of his child.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
Kirby Yates allowed one hit a scoreless ninth for the Padres' on Tuesday, slamming the door on a 5-4 win over the Yankees.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 29th
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