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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
72%
Recommended by
28 of 39 experts
28%
Recommended by
11 of 39 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 5
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 7# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 15
Best Rank# 13# 14
Worst Rank# 16# 25
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts240225
Wins1414
Saves00
ERA3.073.26
WHIP1.011.00
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 14
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 2# 4
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 12
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 4
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 20
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 9
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 4
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 4# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 7# 14
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 4
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 14
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 6
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 4
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 6
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 3# 5
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 3# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 2
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 3
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 4# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 3
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 4# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 3
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 3
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 3
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 5# 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 Played2827
   
Games Started2828
   
Innings Pitched182.5178.1
   
Wins1414
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142137
   
Earned Runs6265
   
Home Runs Allowed2328
   
Strikeouts240225
   
Walks4341
   
ERA3.073.26
   
WHIP1.011.00
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 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 (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 30th
 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
Tue, Mar 3rd
Justin Verlander is slated to have surgery on his right groin today, and will miss approximately six weeks.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Mar 17th
 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
Justin Verlander (lat) said Monday “it would probably take a miracle” for him to be ready by Opening Day.
Brad Camara
Mon, Mar 9th
 Max Scherzer is expected to start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday versus the Astros.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 20th
Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a mild lat strain. He will be shut down for the immediate future and then reassessed.
Dan Harris
Mon, Mar 9th
  Justin Verlander exited Sunday’s league start against the Mets after two innings to “get some testing done.” It was discovered that Verlander has soreness in his right triceps, per Astros manager Dusty Baker.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 8th
Notes 
 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
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