I'd take a flier on him. That division is still pitcher friendly as he will be pitching in big parks of Safeco and O.co, and gets to face the Astros. Worth a shot at the end of drafts to see if last year was real.
Like the looks of this guy at the back end of the rotation. Sub-3 ERA in about half a season of starts last year, nice home ballpark to pitch in (even with fences in), and an improved offense to support him.
I went all in on Iwakuma and have him as my last SP in all leagues. His 2nd half performance last year as a SP was excellent and he has a nasty split and pretty good command. 2 issues with him are a tendency to give up HRs and he doesn't pitch deep into games (usually 6 IP and done)
We'll see about pitching deep into games. He started last year as a reliever, so I'd imagine there was a good amount of caution in overusing him over the second half (looking through his games, he did hit 100 pitches on a couple occasions, but it was almost rare). I think that concern has a good chance of dissipating as we get into this season.
Reached a bit to get him this year and was rewarded with a nice first outing. Picked him up last year when he won a spot in the rotation (remembered him from the WBC) and he was a great late-season fill in for me. Two start week for Iwakuma this week is looking pretty money.
I have Iwakuma and Maurer. I've always been a firm believer that it is 10x easier to find value at SP than it is in any offensive category. I owned Iwakuma last year and he was great, not going to blow anyone away but very, very solid, and thats all I ask for.