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Who Should I Draft?

Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
41 of 50 experts
18%
Recommended by
9 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 15# 6
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 7# 14
Best Rank# 7# 12
Worst Rank# 12# 15
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8592
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.053.18
WHIP1.071.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 3
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 3
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 2# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 1# 4
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 2# 4
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 2# 3
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 3
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 3
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 1# 3
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 3
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 3
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 3
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 2# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 5
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 3
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 2# 4
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 3# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 2# 4
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 1
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 1
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 2
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 3# 2
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 1
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 2
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 2
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 5# 3
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 15# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3227
   
Games Started3227
   
Innings Pitched204.0172.1
   
Wins1111
   
Losses87
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154144
   
Earned Runs5556
   
Home Runs Allowed1918
   
Strikeouts255243
   
Walks4433
   
ERA2.432.92
   
WHIP0.971.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched72.171.3
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5957
   
Earned Runs2425
   
Home Runs Allowed810
   
Strikeouts8592
   
Walks1817
   
ERA3.053.18
   
WHIP1.071.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
News 
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 10 over five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals in his final start of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 27th
Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Saturday's win over the New York Mets. The win brings his record to 5-4 to finish the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 27th
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 14 over seven innings in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 22nd
Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed two unearned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Miami Marlins.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 21st
 Mets ace Jacob deGrom (hamstring) is in line to start on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 19th
Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed six earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out 10 over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 14th
 Mets manager Luis Rojas says Jacob deGrom (hamstring) is day-to-day.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 17th
Nationals starter Max Scherzer tossed seven scoreless innings in Monday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out eight. The win brings him to 4-2 on the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 8th
 Jacob deGrom was removed from Wednesday's start against the Phillies due to a hamstring spasm.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 16th
Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies. The loss drops him to 3-2 on the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 3rd
Notes 
 deGrom has been awesome, but 2020 is the year he regresses. If Scherzer wasn't showing signs of decline I would have him higher than the two-time Cy Young from NY, I value pitching more in the 60 game sprint than normal years, but I can't move deGrom up when I feel regression is on the way in 2020.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Elite pitching means more in 60 than 162. That's why Scherzer is ahead of elite sluggers like Bregman and Arenado. I expect a bounceback from 2019's relatively disappointing, but still very good year.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 In points leagues, you can make the case for deGrom first overall. In roto leagues, you can still make the case for him or Gerrit Cole earlier than here, but the name of the game this year is volume, and as great as deGrom is, you're looking at 13 starts or so max from him. Still, he's the best pitcher in the game, and if you want a leg-up on the rest of the league, this is a good spot to grab 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
 After winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award, deGrom has an obvious case to be the top pitcher taken in the game. Back-to-back season with a sub-2.50 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP with at least 200 strikeouts makes deGrom perhaps the safest pitcher in the game, especially after three straight seasons of at least 200 innings pitched. The bugaboo for deGrom is his lack of wins - just 21 over the last two seasons despite historic numbers. But with the improved Mets bullpen, there's every reason to think deGrom can get back to the 15-win total he put up in 2017. It's him or Gerrit Cole for the top pitcher off the board and you can't go wrong.
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
 His age and lack of injury history might make him a safer bet than Verlander/Scherzer
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
  Was elite on a per game basis in 2019. Injury concerns starting to mount
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros