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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Rafael Devers (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
41 of 55 experts
25%
Recommended by
14 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 28
Best Rank# 15# 16
Worst Rank# 53# 84
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 40
Best Rank# 21# 35
Worst Rank# 25# 45
   
Projections 
   
Runs95
Home Runs2531
RBI101
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.282
Strikeouts232138
Wins13
Saves0
ERA3.36
WHIP1.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 38
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 32
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 26# 32
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 22# 43
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 25# 28
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 29
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 20# 84
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 22# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 33
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 25# 30
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 26# 31
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 23# 28
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 17# 35
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 26# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 32# 35
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 28# 35
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 27# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 31# 35
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 34
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 30# 42
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 32
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 24# 42
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 26
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 42
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 39
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 18# 26
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 34
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 31
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 19# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 27# 36
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 26# 30
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 38# 43
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 21# 40
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 24# 34
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 42
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 20# 28
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 28
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 23# 22
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 23# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 26# 24
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 29# 16
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 30# 26
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 33# 23
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 36# 31
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 34
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 41# 19
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 41# 40
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 43# 28
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 43# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 43# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 53# 20
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs32
   
Home Runs1011
   
RBI43
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.263
   
Strikeouts9267
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.74
   
WHIP1.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs95
   
Home Runs2531
   
RBI101
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.282
   
Strikeouts232138
   
Wins13
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.36
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Rafael Devers
3B - BOS
Rafael Devers
News 
 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
Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with a home run, and a two run double on Sunday.
Liam Gibney
Mon, May 10th
 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
Rafael Devers came up big for the Red Sox in their 12-9 victory over Detroit. He went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and scored once.
Liam Gibney
Fri, May 7th
 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
Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers (shoulder) is absent from Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 4th
 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
Rafael Devers went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk on Friday.
Liam Gibney
Sat, May 1st
 In Friday's 1-0 win against the Diamondbacks, Max Scherzer looked dominant. Scherzer struck out ten while allowing two hits and two walks across seven scoreless innings.
Corbin Young
Fri, Apr 16th
Rafael Devers drove in the only run for the Red Sox with a double in the sixth inning. He finished 1-for-4 on the day with an RBI.
Liam Gibney
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
Devers' 2020 season was . . . fine. That's about the best you can say about it. He still hit the ball hard, ranking in the 96th percentile in average exit velocity, and he increased his barrel rate significantly. His counting stat paces from his breakout 2019 season went down, but not dramatically so (other than his batting average), and fantasy managers never felt like Devers was a drain on their teams. But, at the same time, his already poor walk rate declined, his strikeout rate jumped to a career worst, and he didn't even attempt a single stolen base. Devers is just 24 years old, so there is plenty of upside for him. The safest course of action is to build in some natural regression from Devers' strong 2019 season, and pencil him in for roughly 30 home runs and 200 combined runs and RBI. That still makes him an asset to any fantasy 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
Just like in 2019, Devers got off to a slow start last season. He posted a weak .543 OPS over his first 14 games before coming to life with an .868 mark over his final 43 contests. Devers' O-swing has increased every year that he has been in the league, up to 42.3% in 2020. His breakout 2019 saw him make contact on an unsustainable number of pitchers outside the zone. The young third baseman is able to do damage on anything he makes contact with, but he needs to decrease the amount of strikeout to become a consistently elite hitter.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
  Devers would be more appealing if he stole bases more often, but batting in the middle of the mediocre Red Sox lineup does not scream huge season. He is a fine pick, but not someone primed to break out.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy