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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Max Scherzer (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 5
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 14
Best Rank# 5# 13
Worst Rank# 6# 16
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10192
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.123.13
WHIP1.051.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 3
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 1# 2
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 3
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 3
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 4
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 4
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 4
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 3
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 4
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 3
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 3
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 3
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 3
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 1# 4
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 1
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 1
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 2
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3327
   
Games Started3327
   
Innings Pitched212.2172.1
   
Wins2011
   
Losses57
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142144
   
Earned Runs5956
   
Home Runs Allowed2918
   
Strikeouts326243
   
Walks4833
   
ERA2.502.92
   
WHIP0.891.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched75.471.7
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5857
   
Earned Runs2625
   
Home Runs Allowed119
   
Strikeouts10192
   
Walks2117
   
ERA3.123.13
   
WHIP1.051.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
News 
 Gerrit Cole threw a simulated game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Thu, Jul 2nd
Max Scherzer threw 65 pitches to live hitters on Friday at Nationals Park.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 3rd
 Gerrit Cole has been keeping in shape, but Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman is uncertain if the ace will be ready to throw 100 pitches by Opening Day, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Jul 1st
Max Scherzer told reporters that he is dealing with some discomfort in his right side.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
 Gerrit Cole gave up one run in 3 1/3 innings and struck out six versus the Blue Jays in Grapefruit League action on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Mar 10th
Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 3rd
 Gerrit Cole served up two homers in the first and two homers in the second to surrender six runs while getting six outs Thursday against the Tigers.
John Aubin
Fri, Mar 6th
Max Scherzer pitched two scoreless innings while allowing a hit and a walk and striking out two, in his unofficial spring training debut against the Astros.
Christian Vicino
Tue, Feb 25th
 Gerrit Cole is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start on Monday versus the Pirates.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Feb 23rd
Max Scherzer is expected to start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday versus the Astros.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 20th
Notes 
 You could argue that Cole should be higher, and there's no real argument against it. With a pitcher signing a new contract, coming off a career year, in a loaded division, in a hitter-friendly stadium, there's reason enough to have some pause on him.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
The concerns with Scherzer aren't production-based, as he was still his normal, elite self in 2019 when he pitched. When, being the key word, as he dealt with injuries during the regular season and postseason that forced him to miss starts. Scherzer is similar to Verlander in the sense that you'll take him if you are comfortable taking on risk with an early pick.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Scherzer struggled a bit through the first month of the season, but went on a patented run in May and June that made him look like the Scherzer of old. Unfortunately, a back injury largely derailed his second half, as he was limited to just over 20 innings over July and August. Scherzer is entering his age-36 season and is a max effort pitcher, so the fact that we finally saw a bit of a breakdown (Scherzer has reached at least 200 innings in his six previous seasons) is concerning. But his numbers are still elite and he should be taken as one of the first pitchers off the board despite the back scare.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 I believe that pitching has become thin enough that elite SP are worth reaching for, something I didn't agree with in previous years. 20 Wins and 225K's seem like a lock in 2020. That makes Cole my 2020 #1 SP and a Top 10 selection .
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy