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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
43 of 43 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 7
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 5# 15
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 22
Best Rank# 13# 20
Worst Rank# 16# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9280
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.133.61
WHIP1.041.15
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 7
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 6
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 2# 11
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 5
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 13
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 9
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 8
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 8
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 5# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 8
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 4# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 10
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 3# 9
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 7
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 8
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 9
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 9
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 15
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 5
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 7
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 9
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 3# 7
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 4# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 6
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 3# 9
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2733
   
Games Started2733
   
Innings Pitched172.1209.2
   
Wins1118
   
Losses76
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed144161
   
Earned Runs5677
   
Home Runs Allowed1824
   
Strikeouts243251
   
Walks3356
   
ERA2.923.32
   
WHIP1.031.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1111
   
Games Started1111
   
Innings Pitched71.770.7
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5761
   
Earned Runs2528
   
Home Runs Allowed99
   
Strikeouts9280
   
Walks1720
   
ERA3.133.61
   
WHIP1.041.15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
News 
 Max Scherzer threw 65 pitches to live hitters on Friday at Nationals Park.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 3rd
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks while striking out four in Wednesday's matchup against the Houston Astros.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 11th
 Max Scherzer told reporters that he is dealing with some discomfort in his right side.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
 
 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
Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
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
Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy