Skip to main content

Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Jack Flaherty (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
74%
Recommended by
37 of 50 experts
26%
Recommended by
13 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 9# 10
Best Rank# 4# 7
Worst Rank# 14# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 32
Best Rank# 21# 27
Worst Rank# 25# 34
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts232205
Wins1312
Saves00
ERA3.363.48
WHIP1.111.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 12
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 10# 13
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 13
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 10
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 6# 13
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 12
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 11
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 6# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 8# 11
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 7# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 7# 10
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 18
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 6# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 11
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 9# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 9# 11
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 11# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 9# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 9# 16
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 9# 13
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 9# 10
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 9# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 4# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 9# 11
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 7# 9
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 8# 11
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 10# 11
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 8# 12
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 11# 13
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 7# 8
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 9# 11
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 10# 14
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 9# 11
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 7# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 9# 8
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 10# 8
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 10# 8
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 10# 8
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 11# 10
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 11# 10
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 11# 8
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 12# 11
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 12# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 12# 11
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 13# 8
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 13# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 14# 11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played129
   
Games Started129
   
Innings Pitched67.140.1
   
Wins54
   
Losses43
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed7033
   
Earned Runs2822
   
Home Runs Allowed106
   
Strikeouts9249
   
Walks2316
   
ERA3.744.91
   
WHIP1.381.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3031
   
Games Started3031
   
Innings Pitched179.4173.0
   
Wins1312
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed152138
   
Earned Runs6767
   
Home Runs Allowed2523
   
Strikeouts232205
   
Walks4754
   
ERA3.363.48
   
WHIP1.111.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 In Friday's 17-2 win against the Diamondbacks, Max Scherzer fired five scoreless innings with two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. According to Nationals writer, Jesse Dougherty, Scherzer was a bit under the weather with a sore throat, so that plus the big lead made it an easier decision to pull him early.
Corbin Young
Sat, May 15th
Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings against the Brewers on Thursday afternoon, yielding only four hits and two walks while striking out six. Flaherty won his seventh consecutive decision and now leads the majors in wins with a 7-0 record.
Lucas Spence
Thu, May 13th
 On Saturday, Max Scherzer dominated the Yankees with 14 strikeouts. He allowed two hits, one earned run, and one walk through 7.1 innings.
Corbin Young
Sat, May 8th
Jack Flaherty was sensational on Friday night, pitching seven scoreless innings against Colorado while scattering three hits and a walk and striking out six batters while picking up his league-leading sixth win of the season. Flaherty also went 1-for-2 with a solo home run at the plate.
Lucas Spence
Fri, May 7th
 Max Scherzer casually threw a complete game in Sunday's win against the Marlins. Scherzer allowed five hits and one earned run with nine strikeouts. Just another day on the mound for the Nationals ace.
Corbin Young
Sun, May 2nd
Jack Flaherty remained unbeaten on Saturday, picking up his fifth win by pitching six innings and giving up six hits, three earned runs, and two walks while striking out a season-high nine batters in a 12-5 win over the Pirates.
Lucas Spence
Sat, May 1st
 In Tuesday's 9-5 loss against the Blue Jays, Max Scherzer hit a rough patch and allowed five earned runs in five innings. Scherzer allowed eight hits, seven total runs (five earned), two walks, and five strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Tue, Apr 27th
Jack Flaherty was in mid-season form on Sunday, pitching seven strong innings and limiting the Reds to just three hits and one run in a 5-2 victory. Flaherty recorded six strikeouts and improved his record to 4-0 on the season.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Apr 25th
 In Wednesday's 1-0 win against the Cardinals, Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings with four hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts. He earned his first win of the season.
Corbin Young
Wed, Apr 21st
Jack Flaherty pitched six innings in a victory over the Nationals on Monday, giving up six hits, five runs (two earned), two walks and notching five strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Apr 19th
Notes 
 Scherzer had a decent season for a mortal, but for someone with his career track record, it was a major disappointment. His 3.74 ERA was his highest since 2012, his 1.38 WHIP the highest of his career, and his 7.8% walk percentage his worst in a decade. Scherzer still struck out plenty of batters but entering his age-37 season and with a ton of mileage on his arm, it's only fair to accept that the old Scherzer is gone for good. But though he may not be a consensus top-three starter anymore, he's still perfectly capable of being a fantasy ace. After all, Scherzer's velocity hasn't declined much, and his 31.2% strikeout rate was tied for 10th among starters. Scherzer likely won't reach 200 innings pitched again and his ERA seems destined to remain above 3.00 going forward, but he's far from someone to avoid in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Scherzer's 4.21 xERA from the 2020 season was the first time that he didn't rate out well since Statcast began tracking this data in 2015. His surface level numbers didn't suffer all that much, especially when it came to strikeouts, which makes this a dangerous profile to bet on. And that's before we mention the fact that Scherzer will turn 37 this summer. Can we trust him to stay healthy over the course of a full season? It never feels good betting against Scherzer, but there are some safer options going around his ADP right now.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros