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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Bryce Harper (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
43 of 55 experts
22%
Recommended by
12 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 15# 20
Best Rank# 6# 3
Worst Rank# 30# 37
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 22
Best Rank# 12# 15
Worst Rank# 15# 25
   
Projections 
   
Runs36
Home Runs1013
RBI38
Stolen Bases4
Batting Avg.267
Strikeouts9260
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.18
WHIP1.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 16# 23
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 30
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 11# 33
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 15# 25
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 9# 26
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 16# 24
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 16# 23
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 14# 21
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 37
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 22
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 16# 18
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 18# 20
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 13# 18
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 25
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 16# 23
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 13# 21
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 14# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 13# 17
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 16# 23
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 11# 30
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 19
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 16# 24
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 19
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 20# 22
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 13# 20
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 17# 25
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 21
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 15# 21
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 13# 24
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 12# 21
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 25
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 15# 16
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 14# 23
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 6# 21
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 9# 15
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 23
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 14# 22
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 22# 26
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 12# 19
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 11# 24
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 16# 23
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 18# 19
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 18# 11
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 18# 17
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 19# 12
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 19# 11
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 17
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 21# 15
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 22
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 23# 17
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 24# 16
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 26# 3
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 16
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 30# 17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs98
   
Home Runs1835
   
RBI114
   
Stolen Bases15
   
Batting Avg.260
   
Strikeouts243178
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.92
   
WHIP1.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs36
   
Home Runs1013
   
RBI38
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.267
   
Strikeouts9260
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.18
   
WHIP1.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Bryce Harper
RF - PHI
Bryce Harper
News 
 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
Phillies manager Joe Girardi confirmed Wednesday that Bryce Harper has been dealing with a back injury "off and on" for 4-5 weeks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 23rd
 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
Bryce Harper (back) is starting Monday against the Nationals.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 21st
 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
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left Sunday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays with lower back stiffness, according to The Athletic's Meghan Montemurro.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 20th
 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
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 4-for-6 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored, four RBI, and two walks across both games of Friday's doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 19th
 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
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with two home runs and two walks in Thursday's loss to the New York Mets. The two homers give him 10 on the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 18th
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
Harper is a lock for 30 home runs and double-digit steals. He hasn't been Mike Trout's equal, as many expected after the High School SI cover, but that doesn't mean he isn't an elite Fantasy player. His ADP doesn't reflect how high his floor is or the potential for a 40/20 season. 2020 is a big year for Harper in the Philly Band Box.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
By this point, we all know the answer to the Mike Trout vs. Harper discussion, but that doesn't mean that Harper still isn't one hell of a player. Was he pressing early in Philadelphia with the pressure of a new contract in a new city? I think he was, as his second-half numbers show quite the turnaround, especially with his strikeout rate. His xBA and xwOBA also indicate that Harper underperformed last season. It should surprise no one if Harper were to contend for an MVP this season. He should be bumped up higher in OBP leagues.
Michael Waterloo - 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
Not a big fan of Harper (He is overrated), but he does have some big time potential going into his second year in Philly. If he gets his average up to 280+ he should be a high end five category contributor.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Lots of encouraging Statcast data suggesting he has room for growth in year two of Phillies tenure
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Was elite on a per game basis in 2019. Injury concerns starting to mount
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros