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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
42 of 51 experts
18%
Recommended by
9 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 15# 6
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 7# 14
Best Rank# 7# 12
Worst Rank# 12# 15
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8592
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.053.18
WHIP1.071.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 3
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 3
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 4
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 3
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 2# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 3
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 3
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 1# 4
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 3
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 2# 4
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 2# 3
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 2# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 2# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 3
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 1# 3
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 3
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 3
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 1# 3
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 3
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 4
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 3
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 2# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 5
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 2# 3
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 2# 4
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 3# 4
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 2# 4
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 1
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 1
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 1
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 2
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 2
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 3# 2
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 2
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 5# 3
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 15# 6
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3227
   
Games Started3227
   
Innings Pitched204.0172.1
   
Wins1111
   
Losses87
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154144
   
Earned Runs5556
   
Home Runs Allowed1918
   
Strikeouts255243
   
Walks4433
   
ERA2.432.92
   
WHIP0.971.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched72.171.3
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5957
   
Earned Runs2425
   
Home Runs Allowed810
   
Strikeouts8592
   
Walks1817
   
ERA3.053.18
   
WHIP1.071.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
News 
 Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Friday‚Äôs start against the Phillies due to neck stiffness.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 14th
Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings to earn his first win of the season Tuesday over the New York Mets.
Mike Maher
Wed, Aug 12th
 Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings in Sunday's win over the Miami Marlins.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 10th
Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who lasted just one inning in his last start due to a hamstring injury, is expected to make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Mets, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 10th
 Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings on Monday against the Braves. He struck out 10 and earned his first win of the season.
Dan Harris
Tue, Aug 4th
Max Scherzer (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 8th
 Mets ace Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Mike Maher
Thu, Jul 30th
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
 Mets ace Jacob deGrom allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight batters over five innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jul 24th
Max Scherzer exited after one inning Wednesday against the Mets due to tweaked hamstring.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 5th
Notes 
 deGrom has been awesome, but 2020 is the year he regresses. If Scherzer wasn't showing signs of decline I would have him higher than the two-time Cy Young from NY, I value pitching more in the 60 game sprint than normal years, but I can't move deGrom up when I feel regression is on the way in 2020.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
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
 In points leagues, you can make the case for deGrom first overall. In roto leagues, you can still make the case for him or Gerrit Cole earlier than here, but the name of the game this year is volume, and as great as deGrom is, you're looking at 13 starts or so max from him. Still, he's the best pitcher in the game, and if you want a leg-up on the rest of the league, this is a good spot to grab him.
Michael Waterloo - 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
 After winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award, deGrom has an obvious case to be the top pitcher taken in the game. Back-to-back season with a sub-2.50 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP with at least 200 strikeouts makes deGrom perhaps the safest pitcher in the game, especially after three straight seasons of at least 200 innings pitched. The bugaboo for deGrom is his lack of wins - just 21 over the last two seasons despite historic numbers. But with the improved Mets bullpen, there's every reason to think deGrom can get back to the 15-win total he put up in 2017. It's him or Gerrit Cole for the top pitcher off the board and you can't go wrong.
Dan Harris - 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
 His age and lack of injury history might make him a safer bet than Verlander/Scherzer
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