Even though Max Scherzer did not win the National League Cy Young Award in 2018, he reached career highs in strikeouts (300) while yielding only 69 percent contact of his pitches. Scherzer’s only the fifth pitcher since 2001 and the 17th pitcher since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts. His 220.1 innings to reach 300 strikeouts represents the fifth fewest ever and he allowed only 150 hits to set a record for the least amount of hits given up with at least this many strikeouts.

Scherzer’s made at least 30 starts for 10 straight seasons. Last year, he’s one of six pitchers with a strikeout percentage of at least 30 percent and a walk rate below seven percent with a minimum of 150 innings. Scherzer also recorded the highest whiff percentage with his fastball (16 percent) and a minimum of 1,250 pitches thrown.

Due to his herculean workload and ability to generate strikeouts, Scherzer’s ascended to the top of fantasy pitchers targeted in 2019. Over the last three years, he’s 55 - 20...