im looking at the steamer projections
name ERA K WHIP W
Darvish 3.38 194.9 1.2 14.5
Hamels 3.4 205 1.15 15.6
looks like they favored Hamels.
but you are still missing the point. Everybody had Darvish going about 10 pitchers after Hamels. Taking him where they did was silly, i.e. not expertish.
Those aren't the Steamer projections I have. In the ones I see, the WHIP gap is 0.03 in favour of Hamels and the ERA gap is 0.05 in favour of Darvish, and both have 15 wins although Darvish does it in 15 less innings. Darvish's K/9 was projected to be 9.5 vs 8.6 for Hamels. That's a very big K/9 gap, much bigger than the gap in their ERA or WHIP. And in roto leagues, counting stats for pitchers are essentially rate stats since every competitive team will use up all of their innings. Call it a wash though, it's close enough. Darvish clearly had more upside than his median projection, along with more risk. But of course Mr Hyperbole says, "There is very little upside in Darvish". Yes, perhaps the most dominant strikeout pitcher in baseball with an established history of elite control has very little upside. That makes a lot of sense.
I'm not saying I predicted doom for Hamels, and I'm sure he'll be fine, but it was not crazy to take Darvish over him. Risky, maybe, but not crazy. Fantasy leagues aren't often won by playing it safe. I tend to avoid pretty much all high-end starting pitchers because they are way too overpriced and have a lot of injury risk. This year the only top-end SPs I targeted were Scherzer and Darvish since they were the only two with reasonable ADPs relative to their value. Unfortunately I missed them in most of my leagues which were all done by auction, so all it took was one other guy that was really high on a player to miss out on him.