Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Gerrit Cole (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
59 of 59 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 5
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 3# 10
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 27
Best Rank# 3# 24
Worst Rank# 6# 28
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts270237
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA2.903.31
WHIP1.001.13
   
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  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3332
   
Games Started3332
   
Innings Pitched221.2200.2
   
Wins1815
   
Losses75
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed150143
   
Earned Runs6264
   
Home Runs Allowed2319
   
Strikeouts300276
   
Walks5164
   
ERA2.532.88
   
WHIP0.911.03
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3232
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched208.6196.9
   
Wins1615
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154164
   
Earned Runs6772
   
Home Runs Allowed2523
   
Strikeouts270237
   
Walks5559
   
ERA2.903.31
   
WHIP1.001.13
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
News 
 Washington starter Max Scherzer allowed five earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out 11 in Wednesday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 19th
Gerrit Cole (18-5) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out 10 though eight innings in the Astros 3-2 win over the Rangers. He picked up his 18th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 19th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 14th
Gerrit Cole (17-5) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out 11 through eight scoreless innings in Friday's 4-1 win over the Royals. He earned his 17th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings in Sunday's win over the Atlanta Braves. The win was his first since July 6.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 9th
Gerrit Cole (16-5) allowed one run on one hit with no walks while striking out 15 in Sunday's 21-1 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 16th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 9th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed four earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven over six innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Tuesday.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 4th
Gerrit Cole allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 14 through six innings in Monday's 3-2 win over the Brewers. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 3rd
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Mike Maher
Thu, Aug 29th
Gerrit Cole allowed four runs on six hits while striking out 14 through six 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 29th
Notes 
 Looking for 18 wins, 220 innings and nearly 300 strikeouts? You can virtually lock it in with Scherzer. Not only that, be he has a 0.975 WHIP over the past six seasons. That is downright unfair. Don't hesitate to grab him late in the 1st round this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
You can look at Cole's 3.50 second half ERA and assume he got worse over the season, but all the underlying numbers suggest he was actually better. Don't shy away from him because of a false fear of his risk. Rather, expect another 250+ strikeouts with plenty of wins and excellent ratios
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Scherzer was the number one starting pitcher in standard 5x5 leagues last year, and he's finished among the top-two for three straight seasons. In other words, he's utterly dominant. The one knock on Scherzer -- if there is one -- is that he's 34 years old, but he's shown no signs of decline and isn't the kind of player you want to bet against. He is worth considering as early as third overall in drafts depending on how you plan to construct your roster.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Cole was trending in a bad direction over his last couple years in Pittsburgh, but a move to Houston completely revived his career. As an Astro, Cole ditched an ineffective sinker and dramatically increased his spin rate on his fastball, and the result was a career-best 12.4 K/9 rate along with a shiny 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Cole doesn't have the extended track record of dominance that some of the other fantasy aces possess, but there is little reason to doubt that he can replicate his success in his second season in Houston.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Conventional wisdom has cautioned against taking a pitcher in the opening round. Scherzer, however, has earned an exception. The added risk of hurlers keeps investors away early, but Washington's ace has posted a sub-3.00 ERA, sub-1.00 WHIP, and at least 268 strikeouts in 200 innings in each of the last four seasons. He hit 300 punchouts last season with the best swinging-strike rate (16.2%) of any qualified starter. Although pitchers can malfunction without any prior notice, Scherzer has earned a seat at the first-round table.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
The Astros unlocked Cole's ace upside by tabling a middling sinker for more sliders and curveballs. He also revamped his fastball, which yielded a .268 wOBA after allowing a .334 wOBA in his last year with the Pirates. As a result, his strikeout and swinging-strike rates skyrocketed to 34.5 and 14.1%, respectively. His contact rate dropped eight points to 71.5, and he earned his 2.88 ERA with a 2.70 FIP and 2.91 SIERA. Trust the breakout and treat the strikeout artist on a title contender as a borderline top-five hurler alongside teammate Justin Verlander.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros