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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
37 of 52 experts
29%
Recommended by
15 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 4
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 6# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 15
Best Rank# 12# 13
Worst Rank# 15# 19
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9288
Wins56
Saves00
ERA3.183.27
WHIP1.041.01
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 7
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 2# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 12
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 5# 19
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 4
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 4
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 2# 3
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 4
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 4# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 4
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 3# 6
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 4
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 3# 4
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 3# 5
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 4# 6
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 5
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 4# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 1
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 3# 2
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 2
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 3
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 3
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 4# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 4# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 3
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 3
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 5# 4
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 6# 4
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2734
   
Games Started2734
   
Innings Pitched172.1223.1
   
Wins1121
   
Losses76
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed144138
   
Earned Runs5665
   
Home Runs Allowed1836
   
Strikeouts243300
   
Walks3342
   
ERA2.922.62
   
WHIP1.030.81
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched71.368.9
   
Wins56
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5753
   
Earned Runs2525
   
Home Runs Allowed1011
   
Strikeouts9288
   
Walks1716
   
ERA3.183.27
   
WHIP1.041.01
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 10 Blue Jays over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision on Wednesday. He allowed three hits and three walks.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jul 30th
Justin Verlander has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, retroactive July 25th.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Jul 27th
 Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed four earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out 11 over 5 1/3 innings in what ended up being a rain-shortened loss to the New York Yankees on opening night.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jul 24th
Updating a previous report, Justin Verlander (forearm) will be shut down for a couple of weeks, and has not been ruled out for the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Jul 26th
 Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed seven earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings in Saturday's spring training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jul 19th
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the reigning American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is out for the season with an elbow injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 26th
 Max Scherzer threw 65 pitches to live hitters on Friday at Nationals Park.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 3rd
Justin Verlander picked up the win on Opening Night against the Mariners, striking out seven while allowing two runs over six solid frames.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 25th
 Max Scherzer told reporters that he is dealing with some discomfort in his right side.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
Justin Verlander has been named the Astros' Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 15th
Notes 
 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
Verlander is one of the players who benefit most from a delayed season, as he was dealing with injuries that would have shelved him the first couple months of the season. He showed no sign of slowing down last year, but the age and Spring Training injuries should give you some pause. Drafting Verlander is all about your comfort with taking on injury risks and age.
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
Entering his age-37 season. Appears good to go following spring groin injury
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 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
Verlander had groin surgery which will sideline him for several weeks. But given the postponement of the season, it seems unlikely to threaten Verlander's availability for Opening Day, whenever that may be. Although surgery is never a good sign, in the end, it's better for Verlander that he could get this out of the way now rather than have it linger. For now, keep him high on your draft boards.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
A Top 15 pick that I has to drop due to his Spring Training injury. It adds enough risk to go in another direction. You can't miss in the early rounds and while it appears he will be fine and back relatively early in the season, let someone else make that assumption that turns out to be wrong. If he falls into the mid-20's or later, then he becomes a bargain.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Was elite on a per game basis in 2019. Injury concerns starting to mount
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros