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Who Should I Draft?

Nolan Arenado or Max Scherzer (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
46 of 55 experts
16%
Recommended by
9 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 11# 15
Best Rank# 5# 6
Worst Rank# 21# 30
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 10# 14
Best Rank# 9# 12
Worst Rank# 13# 15
   
Projections 
   
Runs36
Home Runs1410
RBI43
Stolen Bases1
Batting Avg.302
Strikeouts3992
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.18
WHIP1.04
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 10# 16
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 21
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 15
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 8# 11
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 14
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 12# 30
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 12# 26
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 11# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 12# 14
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 10# 26
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 9# 24
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 10# 16
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 11# 23
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 11# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 9# 13
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 13
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 9# 16
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 12# 13
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 12# 14
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 8# 19
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 16# 23
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 10# 16
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 9# 17
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 16
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 15
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 9# 20
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 11# 13
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 13# 17
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 12# 16
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 14# 15
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 13
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 12
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 15
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 14# 15
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 11# 14
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 8# 9
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 12# 21
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 15
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 11# 14
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 5# 22
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 9# 12
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 9# 11
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 10# 16
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 10# 18
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 11# 18
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 17# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 9# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 12# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 13# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 14# 13
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 17# 9
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 17# 16
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 18# 15
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 21# 18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs102
   
Home Runs4118
   
RBI118
   
Stolen Bases3
   
Batting Avg.313
   
Strikeouts93243
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.92
   
WHIP1.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs36
   
Home Runs1410
   
RBI43
   
Stolen Bases1
   
Batting Avg.302
   
Strikeouts3992
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.18
   
WHIP1.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nolan Arenado
3B - COL
Nolan Arenado
Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
News 
 The Colorado Rockies placed Nolan Arenado on the 10-day injured list with left AC join inflammation and a left shoulder bone bruise.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 21st
Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Saturday's win over the New York Mets. The win brings his record to 5-4 to finish the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 27th
 Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is undergoing tests on his sore left shoulder and could be shut down for the rest of the season, according to Rockies Beat writer Patrick Saunders.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 20th
Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed two unearned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Miami Marlins.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 21st
 Nolan Arenado went 0-for-4 as the Rockies lost to the Dodgers 9-3 on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 18th
Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed six earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out 10 over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 14th
 Nolan Arenado (shoulder) returned to Tuesday's lineup against the A's.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 15th
Nationals starter Max Scherzer tossed seven scoreless innings in Monday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out eight. The win brings him to 4-2 on the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 8th
 Nolan Arenado was absent from Sunday's lineup due to an AC joint issue in his left shoulder.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 14th
Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies. The loss drops him to 3-2 on the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 3rd
Notes 
 Your goal in the first round is to not screw up the pick. With Arenado, you're getting arguably the safest player in the round not named Mike Trout on a year-to-year basis. It's now been four straight years with at least 37 homers, a .294 average, 100 runs and 110 RBIs.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Elite pitching means more in 60 than 162. That's why Scherzer is ahead of elite sluggers like Bregman and Arenado. I expect a bounceback from 2019's relatively disappointing, but still very good year.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 There's very little to say about Arenado at this point. He's batted between .287 and .315, hit between 37 and 42 home runs, and driven in between 97 and 116 runs in each of the last five years. Entering his age-29 season, there are simply no concerns about Arenado so long as he remains in Colorado all year, though that is admittedly a bit of a question mark at this point. But really, so long as you are comfortable that you won't get steals from your first-round pick, there's no reason to shy away from Arenado whatsoever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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
 Consecutive years of diminished stolen bases by Altuve and a drop off in elite strikeout SPs puts me in a place to select a "slugger only" player and Arenado is one of the best.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
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
 Have we just gotten bored of drafting him in the top 5? Not worried about his numbers even if traded
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Skipping at ADP due to age and first time injury concerns in 2019.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
  Was elite on a per game basis in 2019. Injury concerns starting to mount
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros