Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
83%
Recommended by
49 of 59 experts
17%
Recommended by
10 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 29
Best Rank# 17# 19
Worst Rank# 36# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 34# 32
Best Rank# 29# 29
Worst Rank# 37# 36
   
Projections 
   
Runs8885
Home Runs2914
RBI10065
Stolen Bases734
Batting Average.281.287
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 21# 34
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 29
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 23# 30
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 24# 36
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 27
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 24# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 18# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 22# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 26
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 22# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 30# 119
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 19# 50
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 21# 24
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 22# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 34# 77
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 23# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 28
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 22# 24
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 20# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 23# 49
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 27
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 29
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 22# 25
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 24# 25
   
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Fake Teams
# 22# 25
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 22# 25
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 24# 29
   
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Sporfolio
# 29# 30
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 17# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 23# 28
   
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RotoBaller
# 26# 36
   
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RotoBaller
# 23# 27
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 24# 41
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 30
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 20# 23
   
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RotoBaller
# 26# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 23# 25
   
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Freeze Stats
# 22# 25
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 26# 28
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 24# 30
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 31
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 23# 34
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 22# 33
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 31
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 19# 23
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 22# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 32
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 23
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 25# 22
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 20
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 23
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 26# 19
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 26# 23
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 27# 23
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 26
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 29# 27
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 23
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats566632
   
Runs7488
   
Hits160192
   
Singles105134
   
Doubles2943
   
Triples13
   
Home Runs2512
   
RBI10160
   
Stolen Bases645
   
Caught Stealing410
   
Walks7061
   
Strikeouts80114
   
Batting Average.283.304
   
On Base Pct.376.367
   
Slugging Pct.470.438
   
On-base Plus Slugging.846.806
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats557596
   
Runs8885
   
Hits157171
   
Singles93116
   
Doubles3238
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs2914
   
RBI10065
   
Stolen Bases734
   
Caught Stealing49
   
Walks7547
   
Strikeouts87104
   
Batting Average.281.287
   
On Base Pct.367.339
   
Slugging Pct.501.432
   
On-base Plus Slugging.867.771
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Anthony Rizzo (ankle) is absent from the Cubs' lineup on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a steal in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 29th
 Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 23rd
 Anthony Rizzo exited Sunday's game against the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 in an 8-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
 Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and two runs in Friday's win over the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
 Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 6th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
Notes 
 Rizzo took a major step backwards in the first half last year, but his final line of 25 homers, 101 RBIs and a .283 batting average ended up being about as good as his average season. We were drafting him in the 3rd round last year so don't hesitate to scoop him up for a discount this season
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Rizzo's streak of four consecutive 30-HR seasons came to an end in 2018, but he's still working on a streak of four straight 100-RBI seasons, and his batted ball profile suggests he's still the same player he's always been. He's an asset in all five standard rotisserie categories, and has finished as a top-five fantasy first baseman in four of the last five seasons (he was eighth in 2016). With that level of high-end production and consistency, Rizzo belongs in the same breath as Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt as the top options at an increasingly-scarce position.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 For the first time since 2014, Rizzo fell short of 30 homers (25) and a .500 slugging percentage (.470). An atrocious April in which he batted .149 with one extra-base hit is entirely to blame. He hit his fewest fly balls (37.3%) since 2012, but the accompanying career bests in contact (85.1%), strikeout (12.0%) and line-drive (24.7%) rate did not show fully in his .283 average. Either he sustains these profile changes and inches closer to batting .300, or he regains enough of his power stroke to leap back to 30 long balls. Or both. Either way, Rizzo, who batted .303/.393/.512 after an atrocious April, is a sturdy foundational piece worth grabbing in the third or fourth round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros