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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Shane Bieber (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
42 of 43 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 8
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 5# 27
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 25
Best Rank# 13# 21
Worst Rank# 16# 32
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9280
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.133.60
WHIP1.041.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 6
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 7
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 2# 12
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 9
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 8
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 5
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 7
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 8
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 5# 6
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 6
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 4# 10
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 27
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 8
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 3# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 6
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 7
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 6
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 11
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 12
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 7
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 8
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 9
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 8
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 11
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 11
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 3# 6
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 4# 8
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 3# 7
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 6
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 4
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2734
   
Games Started2733
   
Innings Pitched172.1214.1
   
Wins1115
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed144185
   
Earned Runs5678
   
Home Runs Allowed1831
   
Strikeouts243259
   
Walks3340
   
ERA2.923.28
   
WHIP1.031.05
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched71.771.8
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5767
   
Earned Runs2529
   
Home Runs Allowed910
   
Strikeouts9280
   
Walks1714
   
ERA3.133.60
   
WHIP1.041.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
News 
 Max Scherzer told reporters that he is dealing with some discomfort in his right side.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
The Indians announced Shane Bieber will be the team's Opening Day starter in 2020.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Mar 6th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 3rd
 
 Max Scherzer pitched two scoreless innings while allowing a hit and a walk and striking out two, in his unofficial spring training debut against the Astros.
Christian Vicino
Tue, Feb 25th
 
 Max Scherzer is expected to start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday versus the Astros.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 20th
 
Notes 
 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
Bieber may not be the most polarizing player in drafts this year, but it's hard to argue that he isn't the most polarizing pitcher. For every positive (peripherals were in line with his surface stats), that are concerns (he gets hit HARD). If you're a Bieber truther (Belieber, I guess), it's good value for him here as the ace of your staff. But if you have any pause about him at all, you should fade him and go with a safer option.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 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
Bieber was simply fantastic in 2019 and gave you everything you want from a stud pitcher. He was second in the league innings, had a 3.28 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and was top-10 in strikeout and walk rates. He gave up his fair share of home runs but, overall, there are next to no complaint about Bieber. Draft him with confidence as a low-end ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy