Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
56 of 56 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 56 experts
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ECR# 1# 4
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 3# 10
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 21
Best Rank# 3# 17
Worst Rank# 6# 23
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts270243
Wins1616
Saves00
ERA2.903.13
WHIP1.001.04
   
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  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3334
   
Games Started3334
   
Innings Pitched221.2214.1
   
Wins1816
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed150156
   
Earned Runs6260
   
Home Runs Allowed2328
   
Strikeouts300290
   
Walks5137
   
ERA2.532.52
   
WHIP0.910.90
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3231
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched208.6200.0
   
Wins1616
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154158
   
Earned Runs6770
   
Home Runs Allowed2526
   
Strikeouts270243
   
Walks5550
   
ERA2.903.13
   
WHIP1.001.04
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
News 
 Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 over seven innings in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. The win brings him to 5-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Justin Verlander allowed three runs on four hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts through seven innings on Wednesday against the Brewers.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 13th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed no earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven innings in Saturday‚Äôs win over the San Diego Padres. The win brings him to 4-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
Justin Verlander allowed three runs on five hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings on Thursday against Seattle.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 6th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out 15 in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
Justin Verlander allowed one run on four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts through eight innings on Saturday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings in a no-decision against the Miami Marlins on Monday.
Mike Maher
Mon, May 27th
Justin Verlander fell to 8-2 on Sunday versus Boston, giving up three runs on six hits over seven innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer did not allow any runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Mike Maher
Thu, May 23rd
Justin Verlander allowed one run on one hit, one walk, and 12 strikeouts through eight innings on Tuesday against the White Sox.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, May 22nd
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
Verlander may be turning 36 years old soon, but his velocity is still as impressive as ever and he 2018 was actually his best K% (34.8%, second best 28.1%) of his career while his BB% (4.4%) was his lowest. Don't avoid him because of his age. He is rocking better than ever before
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
Verlander has had a long and illustrious career, but he's actually been better than ever since he joined Houston late in the 2017 season. In particular, Verlander has experienced a major boost in his strikeout rate and a big drop in his walk rate since he became an Astro, to the point where he led the league with an absurd 7.84 K/BB ratio last season. If he can manage to perform that feat again, he could produce another season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP.
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
Pitchers aren't supposed to dominate like this in their mid-30s. In his age-35 campaign, Verlander defied the aging curve by posting a 2.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and MLB-high 34.8 K% in 214 innings. He has recorded a 2.97 ERA over the last three seasons, clearing 200 innings and strikeouts apiece each time. Including the playoffs, he has notched a 2.41 ERA since joining the Astros, so age is the only justification to avoid him as a top-five ace. Don't be afraid to grab him near the end-of-second, early-third round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros