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Who Should I Draft?

Zack Greinke or Yu Darvish (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
22 of 43 experts
49%
Recommended by
21 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 18
Best Rank# 9# 6
Worst Rank# 36# 29
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 63# 48
Best Rank# 57# 42
Worst Rank# 87# 66
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7567
Wins45
Saves00
ERA4.043.90
WHIP1.201.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 15
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 10# 18
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 20
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 15
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 15# 17
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 19# 20
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 17# 18
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 14# 20
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 23# 24
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 19# 20
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 9# 19
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 16# 19
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 14# 20
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 29
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 15# 23
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 14# 15
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 16# 20
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 20# 21
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 10# 28
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 16# 17
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 14# 15
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 17# 25
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 32# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 16# 9
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 17# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 34# 13
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 34# 14
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 19# 15
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 15
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 15
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 19# 15
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 17# 16
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 20# 17
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 17
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 17
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 18# 17
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 20# 17
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 17
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 18
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 19# 18
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 19
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 20# 19
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 36# 19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3133
   
Games Started3133
   
Innings Pitched179.2209.2
   
Wins618
   
Losses85
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140176
   
Earned Runs7971
   
Home Runs Allowed3321
   
Strikeouts229187
   
Walks5630
   
ERA3.983.06
   
WHIP1.100.99
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched64.171.0
   
Wins45
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5667
   
Earned Runs2931
   
Home Runs Allowed1011
   
Strikeouts7567
   
Walks2215
   
ERA4.043.90
   
WHIP1.201.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yu Darvish
SP - CHC
Yu Darvish
Zack Greinke
SP - HOU
Zack Greinke
News 
 Yu Darvish dealt with a minor fingernail issue on his right finger in Thursday’s intrasquad game.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 10th
Zack Greinke pitched four innings on Monday against the Tigers, giving up one run on four hits while striking out two.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
 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
Zack Greinke threw three shutout innings on Wednesday versus the Marlins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 4th
 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
Zack Greinke allowed an unearned run over two innings as the Astros beat the Marlins on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Feb 28th
 Yu Darvish (illness) is expected to pitch three innings Friday.
Brad Camara
Thu, Mar 5th
Zack Greinke arrived to Astros spring training on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Feb 23rd
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
One of these years, it's going to happen. Zack Greinke is going to get rocked as his velocity continues to decline. There's little upside here, with more downside that the end is here at age 36. Greinke has been the model of consistency, but at a position where strikeouts are the most valuable result that a pitcher can give you, Greinke doesn't help you at all. If you're looking at pure volume in a short season, he's worth the pick here.
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
Greinke didn't see the patented Astros bump after a mid-season trade, as his overall numbers actually declined a bit after his move from the Diamondbacks. His ERA and WHIP remain outstanding, but his strikeout rate continues to decline, such that it now actively does not help fantasy owners. Still, he's nearly a lock for 200 innings, plenty of wins, and solid peripherals, making him a fine addition to any fantasy staff. But with his advancing age, don't bank on him necessarily being a top-20 pitcher.
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