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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Gerrit Cole (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Expert
Recommendation
94%
Recommended by
47 of 50 experts
6%
Recommended by
3 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 6
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 14
Best Rank# 5# 12
Worst Rank# 6# 15
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10392
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.143.18
WHIP1.051.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 3
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 1# 2
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 3
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 2
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 5
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 3
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 1# 2
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 4
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 4
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 3
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 3
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 3
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 3
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 3
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 3
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 3
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 1# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 3
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 1# 4
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 4
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 1
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 1
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 1
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3327
   
Games Started3327
   
Innings Pitched212.2172.1
   
Wins2011
   
Losses57
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142144
   
Earned Runs5956
   
Home Runs Allowed2918
   
Strikeouts326243
   
Walks4833
   
ERA2.502.92
   
WHIP0.891.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched75.971.3
   
Wins65
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5857
   
Earned Runs2725
   
Home Runs Allowed1010
   
Strikeouts10392
   
Walks2117
   
ERA3.143.18
   
WHIP1.051.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
News 
 Gerrit Cole allowed one run and two walks while striking out nine over five 1/3 innings during Friday's 2-1 loss in Game 5 of the ALDS. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Sat, Oct 10th
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
 Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
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
 Gerrit Cole won’t be available for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Thursday. He would draw the start on short rest Friday if the Yankees advance the series.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 8th
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
 Gerrit Cole (1-0) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in Monday's 9-3 Game 1 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Tue, Oct 6th
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
 Lindsey Adley, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, broke the news that Gerrit Cole will start Game 1 of the ALDS.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Oct 1st
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 
 You could argue that Cole should be higher, and there's no real argument against it. With a pitcher signing a new contract, coming off a career year, in a loaded division, in a hitter-friendly stadium, there's reason enough to have some pause on him.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
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
 There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - 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
 I believe that pitching has become thin enough that elite SP are worth reaching for, something I didn't agree with in previous years. 20 Wins and 225K's seem like a lock in 2020. That makes Cole my 2020 #1 SP and a Top 10 selection .
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
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
 Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
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