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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Ozzie Albies (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
42 of 55 experts
24%
Recommended by
13 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 29
Best Rank# 15# 22
Worst Rank# 53# 68
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 36
Best Rank# 21# 30
Worst Rank# 25# 39
   
Projections 
   
Runs93
Home Runs2524
RBI81
Stolen Bases14
Batting Avg.281
Strikeouts232110
Wins13
Saves0
ERA3.36
WHIP1.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 36
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 31
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 26# 31
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 22# 39
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 25# 46
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 20# 68
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 22# 34
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 45
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 23# 24
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 25# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 26# 27
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 23# 30
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 17# 40
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 26# 28
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 35
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 26# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 28# 29
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 30# 42
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 27# 30
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 31# 40
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 32
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 30# 36
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 33
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 24# 31
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 33
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 29
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 18# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 27
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 27
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 38
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 19# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 27
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 27# 38
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 26# 28
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 38# 50
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 23# 45
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 21# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 24# 32
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 20# 38
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 38
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 29# 26
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 32# 29
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 33# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 36# 25
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 31
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 31
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 41# 30
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 41# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 43# 24
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 43# 22
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 43# 26
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 53# 28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs21
   
Home Runs106
   
RBI19
   
Stolen Bases3
   
Batting Avg.271
   
Strikeouts9230
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.74
   
WHIP1.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs93
   
Home Runs2524
   
RBI81
   
Stolen Bases14
   
Batting Avg.281
   
Strikeouts232110
   
Wins13
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.36
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
News 
 In Friday's 17-2 win against the Diamondbacks, Max Scherzer fired five scoreless innings with two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. According to Nationals writer, Jesse Dougherty, Scherzer was a bit under the weather with a sore throat, so that plus the big lead made it an easier decision to pull him early.
Corbin Young
Sat, May 15th
Ozzie Albies went 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, and an RBI in Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Steve Painter
Sat, May 15th
 On Saturday, Max Scherzer dominated the Yankees with 14 strikeouts. He allowed two hits, one earned run, and one walk through 7.1 innings.
Corbin Young
Sat, May 8th
Ozzie Albies went 1-for-5 with a solo homer against the Brewers Friday.
Steve Painter
Sat, May 15th
 Max Scherzer casually threw a complete game in Sunday's win against the Marlins. Scherzer allowed five hits and one earned run with nine strikeouts. Just another day on the mound for the Nationals ace.
Corbin Young
Sun, May 2nd
Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 with a triple, RBI, and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Steve Painter
Sun, May 9th
 In Tuesday's 9-5 loss against the Blue Jays, Max Scherzer hit a rough patch and allowed five earned runs in five innings. Scherzer allowed eight hits, seven total runs (five earned), two walks, and five strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Tue, Apr 27th
Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's game against the Nationals.
Steve Painter
Wed, May 5th
 In Wednesday's 1-0 win against the Cardinals, Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings with four hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts. He earned his first win of the season.
Corbin Young
Wed, Apr 21st
Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's game against the Blue Jays.
Steve Painter
Fri, Apr 30th
Notes 
 Scherzer had a decent season for a mortal, but for someone with his career track record, it was a major disappointment. His 3.74 ERA was his highest since 2012, his 1.38 WHIP the highest of his career, and his 7.8% walk percentage his worst in a decade. Scherzer still struck out plenty of batters but entering his age-37 season and with a ton of mileage on his arm, it's only fair to accept that the old Scherzer is gone for good. But though he may not be a consensus top-three starter anymore, he's still perfectly capable of being a fantasy ace. After all, Scherzer's velocity hasn't declined much, and his 31.2% strikeout rate was tied for 10th among starters. Scherzer likely won't reach 200 innings pitched again and his ERA seems destined to remain above 3.00 going forward, but he's far from someone to avoid in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
A wrist injury limited Albies to just 29 games last season, and affected his performance early in the year before he went on the IL. In other words, there's little reason to draw conclusions from anything he did last year, including his drop in walk rate and increase in strikeout rate. Albies had established a rough 24-15 baseline from 2018-2019, and at 24 years old, there's no reason to expect that floor to decrease. With his power and speed combination, and his locked in strong RBI and runs scored numbers batting near the top of the Braves' lineup, Albies should be either the first second baseman drafted or the second behind DJ LeMahieu, depending on how you want to build your team.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Scherzer's 4.21 xERA from the 2020 season was the first time that he didn't rate out well since Statcast began tracking this data in 2015. His surface level numbers didn't suffer all that much, especially when it came to strikeouts, which makes this a dangerous profile to bet on. And that's before we mention the fact that Scherzer will turn 37 this summer. Can we trust him to stay healthy over the course of a full season? It never feels good betting against Scherzer, but there are some safer options going around his ADP right now.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros