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Who Should I Draft?

Yu Darvish or Lucas Giolito (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
40 of 51 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 4# 6
Best Rank# 3# 4
Worst Rank# 11# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 17# 19
Best Rank# 16# 17
Worst Rank# 19# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts217220
Wins1313
Saves00
ERA3.373.71
WHIP1.101.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 11
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 6# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 4# 6
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 8
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 5# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 4# 5
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 14
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 4# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 5# 10
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 6# 12
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 5# 9
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 4# 9
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 7
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 4# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 8
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 4# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 5# 16
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 5
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 5# 6
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 5# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 8
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 6# 12
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 6# 9
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 6
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 5# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 6# 13
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 5# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 5
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 4# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 13
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 6# 7
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 6
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 6# 7
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 4# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 5# 4
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 5# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 6# 5
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 7# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 8# 5
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 8# 4
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 9# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 9# 6
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 10# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 11# 5
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched76.172.0
   
Wins84
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5947
   
Earned Runs1728
   
Home Runs Allowed58
   
Strikeouts9397
   
Walks1428
   
ERA2.013.48
   
WHIP0.961.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3030
   
Games Started3030
   
Innings Pitched178.6180.2
   
Wins1313
   
Losses89
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed147143
   
Earned Runs6774
   
Home Runs Allowed2326
   
Strikeouts217220
   
Walks5061
   
ERA3.373.71
   
WHIP1.101.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yu Darvish
SP - SD
Yu Darvish
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
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
Lucas Giolito went six innings on Sunday, allowing no earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 27th
 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
Lucas Giolito struck out eight but was limited to four innings in his return from a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 15th
 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
Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (hamstring) has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the White Sox.
Chris Schommer
Tue, Sep 14th
 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
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, who is currently on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, should return to make a start next Tuesday.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Sep 9th
 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
Lucas Giolito threw at full effort with no reported issues on Tuesday.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Sep 8th
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
Giolito followed up his breakout 2019 season with a nearly identical 2020 season. His ERA was within .07, his WHIP within .02, and his strikeout percentage within a point and a half. Despite pitching in a homer-friendly park, Giolito has managed to limit home runs, which is a key to his continued success with the White Sox. He won't face quite an easy schedule this year (AL and NL Central pitchers had plenty of sub-par offenses to feast on in 2019), but entering his age-27 season, he should only continue to improve from a skills standpoint. Draft him as an SP1, albeit a low-end one.
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