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Who Should I Draft?

Yu Darvish or Sonny Gray (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 28
Best Rank# 9# 16
Worst Rank# 36# 81
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 63# 96
Best Rank# 57# 88
Worst Rank# 87# 110
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7666
Wins44
Saves00
ERA4.133.98
WHIP1.211.28
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 29
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 81
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 17# 28
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 20# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 34# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 10# 22
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 36
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 51
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 15# 33
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 19# 33
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 17# 27
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 28
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 14# 26
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 23# 42
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 15# 27
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 20# 22
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 16# 39
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 19# 30
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 19# 27
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 9# 22
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 16# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 14# 32
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 19# 43
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 15# 25
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 14# 29
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 42
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 16# 28
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 26
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 17# 34
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 10# 28
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 17# 30
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 29
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 16# 33
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 20# 39
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 14# 16
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 34# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 17# 29
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 20
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 32# 26
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 36# 26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3131
   
Innings Pitched179.2175.1
   
Wins611
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140122
   
Earned Runs7956
   
Home Runs Allowed3317
   
Strikeouts229205
   
Walks5668
   
ERA3.982.87
   
WHIP1.101.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched64.762.3
   
Wins44
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5655
   
Earned Runs3028
   
Home Runs Allowed108
   
Strikeouts7666
   
Walks2224
   
ERA4.133.98
   
WHIP1.211.28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Sonny Gray
SP - CIN
Sonny Gray
News 
 Yu Darvish threw his new pitch, a two-seam, splitter hybrid in Saturday's intrasquad game. Darvish called the new pitch the "Supreme."
Brad Camara
Mon, Jul 6th
Sonny Gray (elbow) is scheduled to make his first start of the Spring Wednesday against the Mariners.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Feb 24th
 Yu Darvish is the favorite to be the Cubs' Opening Day starter, but manager David Ross is also considering Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 1st
Sonny Gray (elbow) has reported no issues during his early bullpen sessions this spring.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Feb 16th
 Yu Darvish (illness) is expected to pitch three innings Friday.
Brad Camara
Thu, Mar 5th
 
Notes 
 There's a lot of focus on the second-half performance of Yu Darvish, one in which he allowed just seven walks over his final 13 starts, but not a lot on his dreadful first three months of the season, where he was at best a streamer who was walking everyone. Maybe he figured it out, but the whole is a greater sample than selected stretches. For Darvish, you're likely looking at a player who will be somewhere in between. He'll be a strikeout artist, but he'll be an average pitcher who is fine - not great - in the other categories. If his first half of the season in 2019 happened in the second half of the season instead, we'd be looking at him as a late-round flyer at best.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Sonny Gray was a favorite of many heading into 2019, as the thought was that he'd have positive regression from leaving New York. Boy, did he ever. The results look pretty legitimate, but don't forget that we've done this same song and dance with Gray twice, where he's disappointed managers in a big way after his big 2015 and 2017 seasons. If you can get Gray as your SP3, you're in good shape, but if you're counting on him to lead your staff, start planning for 2021.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Darvish's season was a tale of two halves. He was utterly unplayable to begin the season, tallying a 1.56 WHIP through May and walking roughly six batters per nine innings. But Darvish pulled out of it and then some, walking only seven batters over his final 14 starts, during which he had a 2.95 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Can you fully trust Darvish? Probably not? But should you expect him to pitch closer to his second half than his first? For sure.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Gray talked about how he didn't like how the Yankees had forced him to use his slider and that he expected better results in 2019. Boy, did he get them with the Reds. His slider and curveball went from very good to great in 2019, and along with it improved all of his numbers. Armed now with a top-notch strikeout rate and peripherals that finally match his raw stuff, Gray should be drafted with confidence in 2020 as a reliable fantasy starter.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Which Yu Darvish will we get? If if it second half 2019 Darvish, he will blow his ADP out of the water, if it is first half 2019 Darvish, he will be a big loss of investment. Honestly know way of knowing, just depends if you want to take the risk or not.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
My 2019 Charlie Morton (Favorite pitcher at ADP) goes to Sonny Gray. Gray had a huge breakout season in 2019 for Cincinnati and we have seen him be successful in the past. Even if he does regress, I do not expect it to be major regression, making him a great pick at his current ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy