Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Expert
Recommendation
97%
Recommended by
57 of 59 experts
3%
Recommended by
2 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 7
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 10
Best Rank# 3# 9
Worst Rank# 6# 13
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts270246
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA2.902.73
WHIP1.001.05
   
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  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3332
   
Games Started3332
   
Innings Pitched221.2217.1
   
Wins1810
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed150152
   
Earned Runs6241
   
Home Runs Allowed2310
   
Strikeouts300269
   
Walks5146
   
ERA2.531.70
   
WHIP0.910.91
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3231
   
Games Started3231
   
Innings Pitched208.6207.4
   
Wins1615
   
Losses89
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154167
   
Earned Runs6763
   
Home Runs Allowed2519
   
Strikeouts270246
   
Walks5552
   
ERA2.902.73
   
WHIP1.001.05
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
News 
 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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed one earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings in Monday's win over the Diamondbacks. The win brings him to 9-8 on the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 10th
 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
Jake DeGrom allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six through seven innings in Tuesday’s 11-10 loss to the Nationals. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 4th
 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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed four earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. The loss drops him to 8-8 on the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Aug 29th
 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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out 13 over seven innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 24th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer returned from the injured list on Thursday and allowed one run over four innings while throwing 71 pitches, and he was able to complete his normal post-start routine on Friday without any issues or setbacks. Still, Scherzer admits that he is "not out of the woods yet" in regards to his back injury and still needs to work to get back to his usually levels of intensity and endurance.
Mike Maher
Fri, Aug 23rd
Jacob deGrom allowed one earned run, while scattering three hits and two walks over seven innings to earn the win on Saturday against the Royals. He struck out five.
Mike Falconieri
Tue, Aug 20th
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
deGrom was magical in 2018 and while there is a chance that continues into this season, we have to remember that the two prior seasons, he carried a 3.32 ERA with just 382 Ks and 22 wins. While that makes for a useful pitcher, the risk of him returning to that leaves him below Sale and Scherzer's tier
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
DeGrom was already a high-end starter, but he took his performance to another level in 2019, boosting his strikeout rate to over 11 Ks per nine, cutting his walk rate to less than two BBs per nine, and posting a ridiculous 1.70 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. He only won 10 games, but still produced just as much fantasy value as Max Scherzer. DeGrom's strikeout rate, while excellent, isn't on the same level as Scherzer or Chris Sale, and his ERA and WHIP can't help but creep up a bit this year. Don't pay for last season's stats, but deGrom should still be one of the first four pitchers taken in fantasy drafts.
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
Because of his suffering, deGrom might have killed the win for good. He became the first qualified starter since 2015 to post an ERA (1.70) or FIP (1.99) below 2.00 and the first since Clayton Kershaw in 2014 to do both. He recorded 28 quality starts in 32 turns, but only won 10 games because wins and the Mets are bad. He'd be destined for better fortune even if backed up by a Double-A lineup, but the Mets have added Robinson Cano, Jed Lowrie, and Wilson Ramos to a now quality lineup. He closed the season with 24 straight quality starts, offering at least six strikeouts each time. His ERA will rise above 2.00, maybe even 2.50, but deGrom is a legitimate top-three ace who should pair 250 strikeouts with elite ratios, and probably more wins.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros