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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or J.D. Martinez (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
J.D. Martinez
LF,RF,DH - BOS
J.D. Martinez
Expert
Recommendation
65%
Recommended by
36 of 55 experts
35%
Recommended by
19 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 15# 16
Best Rank# 6# 6
Worst Rank# 30# 40
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 21
Best Rank# 12# 16
Worst Rank# 15# 23
   
Projections 
   
Runs35
Home Runs1014
RBI41
Stolen Bases1
Batting Avg.304
Strikeouts9253
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.18
WHIP1.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 16# 18
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 22
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 11# 40
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 23
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 15# 19
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 9# 23
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 16# 17
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 16# 18
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 14# 19
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 26# 35
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 38
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 15
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 13# 15
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 16# 17
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 13# 17
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 14# 23
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 16# 18
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 11# 17
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 16
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 13# 17
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 17# 19
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 15# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 13# 18
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 12# 16
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 17
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 15# 17
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 14# 17
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 6# 16
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 9# 11
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 19
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 14# 17
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 11# 15
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 16# 17
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 18# 22
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 18# 25
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 18# 22
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 12# 8
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 13# 12
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 13# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 16# 14
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 16# 13
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 16# 15
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 18# 14
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 19# 9
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 19# 6
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 20# 19
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 14
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 21# 19
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 22# 12
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 17
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 23# 22
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 24# 11
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 30# 21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
J.D. Martinez
LF,RF,DH - BOS
J.D. Martinez
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs98
   
Home Runs1836
   
RBI105
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.304
   
Strikeouts243138
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.92
   
WHIP1.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
J.D. Martinez
LF,RF,DH - BOS
J.D. Martinez
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs35
   
Home Runs1014
   
RBI41
   
Stolen Bases1
   
Batting Avg.304
   
Strikeouts9253
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.18
   
WHIP1.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
J.D. Martinez
LF,RF,DH - BOS
J.D. Martinez
News 
 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
J.D. Martinez went 1-for-5 at the plate with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Braves.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 28th
 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
J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over Baltimore by an 8-3 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 23rd
 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
J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 at the plate on Saturday in the Red Sox’ shutout loss to the Yankees.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 20th
 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
J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 at the plate with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins by an 8-4 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 17th
 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
J.D. Martinez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Saturday as the Red Sox lost to the Rays by a 5-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 13th
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
J.D. Martinez was a first-round player in drafts last year, but as is the case with fantasy managers, there's a quick overreaction to a "down" year, which is why we see Martinez fall to the second round this year. Targeting bounce-back players at a value is vital to winning fantasy leagues. Martinez can give you first-round value, despite not having the steals or Mookie Betts in the lineup.
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
Seems to be overlooked every season. High end contributor in every category except SBs. Super solid 2nd round pick.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 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
A safe, four-category stud that might be going at a slight discount
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