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Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Walker Buehler (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Expert
Recommendation
81%
Recommended by
35 of 43 experts
19%
Recommended by
8 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 4
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 5# 8
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 15
Best Rank# 13# 14
Worst Rank# 16# 20
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9279
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.133.47
WHIP1.041.10
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 4
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 4
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 4# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 4# 6
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 3# 4
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 5
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 4
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 3# 4
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 3# 5
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 4# 5
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 5
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 4# 5
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 3# 4
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 5
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 3# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 5
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 3# 4
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 6
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 3# 4
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 4# 5
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 5
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 3# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 3# 2
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 3
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 4# 3
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 4# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 5# 4
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 5# 3
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 4
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2730
   
Games Started2730
   
Innings Pitched172.1182.2
   
Wins1114
   
Losses74
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed144152
   
Earned Runs5666
   
Home Runs Allowed1820
   
Strikeouts243215
   
Walks3337
   
ERA2.923.26
   
WHIP1.031.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started1112
   
Innings Pitched71.769.5
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5759
   
Earned Runs2527
   
Home Runs Allowed99
   
Strikeouts9279
   
Walks1717
   
ERA3.133.47
   
WHIP1.041.10
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
News 
 Max Scherzer threw 65 pitches to live hitters on Friday at Nationals Park.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 3rd
Walker Buehler allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Athletics. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Mar 6th
 Max Scherzer told reporters that he is dealing with some discomfort in his right side.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
Walker Buehler pitched two perfect innings against the Rockies in his spring debut Saturday, striking out two batters.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Mar 1st
 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
Where you take Buehler is all about your approach to pitching in a shortened season. There's a case to take him in the first round, as he has the pure stuff to be the No. 1 pitcher by season's end with his 29 percent strikeout rate and five percent walk rate in 2019.
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
A 5.22 ERA in April scared fantasy owners, but Buehler quickly recovered from the Dodgers' ill-planned "ease into the year" plan. He looked precisely like the pitcher his fantasy owners had hoped for after that, ending the year with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 29.2% strikeout rate. His meager five percent walk rate was one of the best in the league, and with an incredibly strong offense behind him once again, Buehler should excel in all four of the starting pitching categories in 2020. Have no concerns.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy