Who Should I Draft?

Yu Darvish or Jose Leclerc (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
31 of 59 experts
47%
Recommended by
28 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 46# 47
Best Rank# 8# 26
Worst Rank# 93# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 143# 118
Best Rank# 137# 106
Worst Rank# 148# 142
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts16087
Wins93
Saves029
ERA3.793.16
WHIP1.231.21
   
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  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played859
   
Games Started80
   
Innings Pitched40.158.1
   
Wins12
   
Losses33
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds015
   
Hits Allowed3624
   
Earned Runs2210
   
Home Runs Allowed71
   
Strikeouts4985
   
Walks2125
   
ERA4.951.56
   
WHIP1.430.85
   
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2462
   
Games Started240
   
Innings Pitched140.662.8
   
Wins93
   
Losses83
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves010
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed12242
   
Earned Runs5922
   
Home Runs Allowed186
   
Strikeouts16087
   
Walks5234
   
ERA3.793.16
   
WHIP1.231.21
   
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
News 
 Yu Darvish (6-8) took the tough luck loss Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks across 8.1 innings. He struck out 12.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 22nd
Jose Leclerc allowed a walk through a scoreless inning in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rays to earn the save. He notched his 13th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
 Yu Darvish (6-7) took the loss Tuesday against the Reds, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk across seven innings. He struck out 13.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 18th
Jose Leclerc allowed a run on two hits and no walks while striking out two in Wednesday's 10-9 win over the Rays. He earned his 12th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
 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
Jose Leclerc allowed one hit with a walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Friday's 7-6 win over the Orioles. He earned his 11th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
 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
Jose Leclerc allowed a hit and walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Orioles. He earned his 10th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
 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
Jose Leclerc (2-4) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one through an inning in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners. He was saddled with his fourth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 30th
Notes 
 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
Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
  Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros