2013 Fantasy Baseball: Draft Max Scherzer as a Second Starter

By Adam McGill
H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

While many fantasy baseball owners will be salivating over Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander this year, make sure to not let fellow starter Max Scherzer pass you by.

Scherzer just signed a one-year deal to stay in Detroit and it couldn’t be better for his fantasy value in 2013. He has matured into one of the best second starters in the entire  MLB. He has an amazing four-pitch repertoire and is not afraid to hammer batters inside with his fastball.

Scherzer has posted three consecutive respectable seasons in Detroit and has proven to be a very reliable fantasy option. He may have never pitched over 200 innings, but his amazing numbers certainly warrant a high fantasy rotation spot. He had a 16-7 record and a rather strong 3.74 ERA, both of which made him a solid fantasy starter throughout the season.

The veteran also showed amazing strikeout numbers last year. Scherzer fanned 231 batters in just 187.2 innings of work, which still ranked him second best in the entire American League. He posted an amazing 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings of work last season and is one of the most valuable strikeout artists in all of fantasy.

Sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder will drive in close to 250 runs again this year, plus the addition of Tori Hunter will only give the offense more pop. Detroit will win more games this season, so expect the amazing firepower in Motown to help give Scherzer another 15-plus wins in 2013. Detroit is looking to make another serious run this season, so Scherzer will be a huge part of it.

The 28-year-old will once again be a fantasy starter to keep an eye on and is worth picking anytime after the sixth round.


Adam McGill is the Fantasy Sports Network Manager at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here

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