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Who Should I Draft?

Aaron Judge or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
28 of 46 experts
39%
Recommended by
18 of 46 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 40
Best Rank# 16# 12
Worst Rank# 116# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 51# 47
Best Rank# 42# 41
Worst Rank# 66# 58
   
Projections 
   
Runs3432
Home Runs135
RBI3023
Stolen Bases28
Batting Average.275.292
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 58# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 28# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 19# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 48
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 18# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 19# 35
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 17# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 41# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 18# 127
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 19# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 31# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 18# 69
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 16# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 36# 46
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 48
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 19# 36
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 67# 70
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 21# 45
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 50# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 24# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 59
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 29# 38
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 17# 29
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 42# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 35# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 35# 93
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 24
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 33
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 40# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 38
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 44# 41
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 50# 12
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 51# 40
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 54# 52
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 41
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 56# 42
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 59# 41
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 59# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 66# 50
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 67# 38
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 76# 27
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 89# 19
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 116# 23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats378681
   
Runs75105
   
Hits103206
   
Singles57139
   
Doubles1841
   
Triples110
   
Home Runs2716
   
RBI5574
   
Stolen Bases320
   
Caught Stealing210
   
Walks6445
   
Strikeouts141126
   
Batting Average.273.303
   
On Base Pct.381.348
   
Slugging Pct.540.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.921.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats172221
   
Runs3432
   
Hits4765
   
Singles2643
   
Doubles814
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs135
   
RBI3023
   
Stolen Bases28
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks3216
   
Strikeouts6541
   
Batting Average.275.292
   
On Base Pct.388.341
   
Slugging Pct.533.442
   
On-base Plus Slugging.921.783
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Aaron Judge (neck) took batting practice on Tuesday but is being held out of the Yankees' intrasquad game.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 14th
 
 Aaron Judge (neck) could return for Tuesday's intrasquad matchup, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Mon, Jul 13th
 
 Aaron Judge was scratched from Saturday’s intrasquad game due to a stiff neck. The injury isn’t considered a “big deal.”
Brad Camara
Sat, Jul 11th
 
 Aaron Judge (rib) said "I'm game ready." "Like I told you guys in Spring Training, I was going to be ready for Opening Day."
Brad Camara
Mon, Jul 6th
 
 Aaron Judge is starting in right field for the Bomber squad in Monday night's intrasquad game.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Jul 6th
 
Notes 
 Staying healthy is a skill, and it's one that Aaron Judge hasn't possessed over the past couple of seasons. Could his size contribute to that? He's missed significant portions of the past two seasons, and he was dealing with an injury that caused his stock to drop during draft season. There's no denying the power and overall contributions that he brings, but he, like teammate Giancarlo Stanton, gives owners pause about taking them thanks to durability concerns. The tried and true rule is to not take injured players in the draft as there is enough risk baked into players already. Pass on Judge unless he has a clean bill of health.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Fool me once, right? Those who invested heavily in Whit Merrifield in 2019 were disappointed, as he failed to replicate the stolen base numbers that he gave you in 2018. He's a non-zero in power, but unless the steals return to 40-plus, which is unlikely for a 31-year-old, he's going to fail to give you the production that you want. There are better options at both second base and outfield that you can comfortably pass on Merrifield for.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Judge has a stress fracture in his rib, which showed "slight improvement" based on a CT scan in mid-April. But he is also dealing with a collapsed lung, and there is still no timetable for when he may be ready for baseball activity. Even with the postponement of the season, there's no guarantee that Judge will be ready to play at any point this season. Draft him with a heavy dose of pessimism and you should be fine.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Judge again missed 50+ games in 2019. While he is healthy, we are still looking at a 40+ homer pace with tons of runs and a batting average that won't kill fantasy owners, but with a second round ADP, the risk may be a little bit too much.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
SOME power and above average speed makes me more bullish on Merrifield than the consensus. Stolen bases are becoming more and more rare, but the Royals were second in SB in 2019. That enhances Merrifields stature in my rankings as well.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Has played over 112 games once in four year. Very good player, but not taking on that injury risk in the second or third round.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
His drop in SBs and SB success rate keeps him out of the top 5 2B for me this season. Safe pick at ADP as there is no real breakout potential.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Ranked in the top 1% in baseball in barrel%, hard hit rate, and exit velocity in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros