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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Jack Flaherty (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 6
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 6# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 24
Best Rank# 12# 19
Worst Rank# 15# 24
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9279
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.183.56
WHIP1.041.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 4
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 2# 6
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 7
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 7
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 6# 12
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 10
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 12
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 7
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 2# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 6
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 7
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 7
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 5# 7
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 7
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 7
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 3# 7
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 9
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 6
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 8
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 11
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 6
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 6
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 11
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 7
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 3# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 7
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 4# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 9
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 3# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 8
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 3# 8
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 4# 9
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 4# 5
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 7
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 4# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 4# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 4
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 3
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 5# 3
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2733
   
Games Started2733
   
Innings Pitched172.1196.1
   
Wins1111
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed144135
   
Earned Runs5660
   
Home Runs Allowed1825
   
Strikeouts243231
   
Walks3355
   
ERA2.922.75
   
WHIP1.030.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched71.369.1
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5756
   
Earned Runs2527
   
Home Runs Allowed109
   
Strikeouts9279
   
Walks1722
   
ERA3.183.56
   
WHIP1.041.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Max Scherzer (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 8th
Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that the Cardinals-Pirates game scheduled for Monday August 10th has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 9th
 Nationals ace Max Scherzer played catch on Friday as he continues to test out his hamstring after leaving his last start after just one inning. Manager Dave Martinez he is day-to-day.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 8th
Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports the Cardinals are not going to Detroit this week.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
 Max Scherzer exited after one inning Wednesday against the Mets due to tweaked hamstring.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 5th
Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the scheduled Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader has officially been postponed.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 1st
 Max Scherzer was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Mets after one inning due to undisclosed reasons.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 5th
The Cardinals versus Brewers game on Saturday has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 1st
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 10 Blue Jays over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision on Wednesday. He allowed three hits and three walks.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jul 30th
The Brewers versus Cardinals game on Friday has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 31st
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
2019 shocked me and ranking him THIS high confirms that belief, but I can't move him ahead of the leagues Aces after one great season. Close, but not yet.
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
When Jacob deGrom posted his historic 2018 numbers en route to his Cy Young, we knew that there would be regression coming in 2019. Carrying over a 1.70 ERA, 1.94 average against, and a 0.91 WHIP wasn't sustainable, and we knew that. For his encore in 2019, he posted a 2.43 ERA, .205 average against, and a 0.97 WHIP. So when people mention that Flaherty's second half is the driving force around his price tag, they aren't wrong. His second half was historic - especially compared to his first half of 2019, where he struggled mightly. But even with regression to his second-half numbers - 0.91 ERA, .142 average against, and 0.71 WHIP - Flaherty has the pedigree, sample size, and stuff to be the ace for your team. Don't overthink it."
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
If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Was elite on a per game basis in 2019. Injury concerns starting to mount
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros