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
59 of 59 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 59 experts
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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 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
Justin Verlander (19-6) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight through six scoreless innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. He earned his 19th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
 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
Justin Verlander (18-6) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Athletics. He was charged with his sixth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
 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
Justin Verlander (18-5) allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven through seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 18th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 8th
 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
Justin Verlander (17-5) threw his third-career no hitter, pitching a shutout with one walk and 14 strikeouts in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. He earned his 17th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 2nd
 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
Justin Verlander (16-5) allowed four hits and no walks while striking out four through five 1/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 15-1 win over the Rays. He picked up his 16th win of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 28th
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