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Who Should I Draft?

Yu Darvish or Bo Bichette (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Expert
Recommendation
77%
Recommended by
43 of 56 experts
23%
Recommended by
13 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 21
Best Rank# 10# 12
Worst Rank# 40# 61
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 17# 24
Best Rank# 16# 22
Worst Rank# 19# 31
   
Projections 
   
Runs88
Home Runs2323
RBI84
Stolen Bases21
Batting Avg.287
Strikeouts217124
Wins13
Saves0
ERA3.37
WHIP1.10
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 15# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 33# 36
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 18# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 16# 20
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 18# 61
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 15# 31
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 27
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 18# 21
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 18# 22
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 18# 19
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 19# 27
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 19# 20
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 20
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 21# 25
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 18# 23
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 19# 22
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 18# 23
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 18# 24
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 18# 23
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 18# 22
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 17# 24
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 16# 23
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 19# 27
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 18# 26
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 18# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 20# 29
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 20# 22
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 28
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 17# 19
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 18# 24
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 17# 21
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 17# 25
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 10# 26
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 21# 31
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 17# 21
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 16# 38
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 23# 53
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 17# 23
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 17# 21
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 21# 43
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 18# 37
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 18# 23
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 19# 17
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 21# 20
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 21
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 22# 15
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 18
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 23# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 23# 18
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 25# 23
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 23
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 31# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 32# 19
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 35# 20
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 40# 19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs18
   
Home Runs55
   
RBI23
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.301
   
Strikeouts9327
   
Wins8
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.01
   
WHIP0.96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs88
   
Home Runs2323
   
RBI84
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Batting Avg.287
   
Strikeouts217124
   
Wins13
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.37
   
WHIP1.10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Bo Bichette
DH,SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
News 
 Yu Darvish went just four innings on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks. He salvaged some of his fantasy day with six strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 29th
Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 30th
 Yu Darvish pitched 5.1 innings on Thursday, allowing four earned runs while striking out seven. He only surrendered three hits, but struggled with command as he gave up three walks.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Sep 24th
Bo Bichette went 2-for-4 with an RBI, scored a run, and stole a base on Tuesday in the 7-2 loss to the Yankees.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 29th
 Yu Darvish pitched four innings on Monday, allowing eight earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out just three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 14th
Bo Bichette went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Yu Darvish pitched six innings on one run ball on Wednesday, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out seven batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 9th
Bo Bichette went 3-for-4 with three singles, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Twins.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 19th
 Yu Darvish went just 2.2 innings on Wednesday, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and one walk while only striking out three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 2nd
Bo Bichette went 2-for-3 with a home run and drove in five runs Wednesday as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays by a 6-3 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 16th
Notes 
 After a career year in 2020, Darvish moves to San Diego in a trade that shouldn't affect his strong 2021 outlook all that much. Despite his advancing age, Darvish built on the gains he had made over the second half of 2019, finishing with a 2.01 ER, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 31.3% strikeout rate. Darvish's walk rate has declined to a level once thought unattainable for the veteran, a mere 4.7%, which was in the top 8% of MLB in 2020. Although he'll be entering his age-35 season, there's simply nothing in Darvish's numbers, metrics, or statcast data that points to a decline. If you are desperate to find a negative, it's a move from the weak-hitting NL Central to the much stronger NL West, but that's hardly a reason to avoid Darvish. Draft him as an easy top-10 starter, and more like a top-5 option.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Bichette missed about half the season with a knee injury last year, but was productive when he was on the field, batting .301 with an .840 OPS. His 162-game pace was 28 home runs, 100 runs, 128 RBI, and 22 steals, so he was well on his way to earning his lofty draft price. If there was a wart to Bichette's season it was that his walk rate dropped to just 3.9%, one of the worst in the league. But, given that he had just 128 plate appearances, that's likely just the product of a small sample size, since he never walked at less than a 6.6% clip in his career. Batting in a stacked lineup, Bichette should once again put up strong five-category numbers, and should be one of the first shortstops drafted in fantasy leagues again in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 In his first eight starts of 2019, Darvish allowed 33 free passes in 36 2/3 innings. Since then he has given up just 37 walks in 218 (!!) innings pitched. The key has been getting away from a slider he couldn't locate, combined with increased usage of his cutter. One of many offseason additions for the Padres this year, Darvish is a no-brainer, top-six SP entering 2021.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Bo Bichette slashed .301/.328/.512 with five home runs and four stolen bases across 128 plate appearances in 2020. The 22-year-old has successfully swiped eight bases in just 13 attempts in his MLB career, but has yet to flash the speed he displayed in the minors. He has a ton of upside and should once again produce in a loaded Blue Jays lineup. Bichette has plenty of room for growth and is considered a top-10 middle-infield option in 2021.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros
  Frankly, I've been shocked to see how high Bichette is going in fantasy drafts so far this offseason. We're spending second-round picks on a player with just 75 big league games to his name? Of course, his 162-game pace equates to 35 homers and 17 stolen bases, and Toronto's lineup only got better this winter. There are a lot of reasons to be bullish on Bichette these days, but I can't pass on established studs like Xander Bogaerts and Nolan Arenado for him. Perhaps Bichette's aggressive ADP is due to the need for stolen bases. In that case, it's worth pointing out that the youngster is just 8-for-13 in theft attempts to begin his career.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros