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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Meadows or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
37 of 45 experts
18%
Recommended by
8 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 42
Best Rank# 16# 13
Worst Rank# 47# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 45# 47
Best Rank# 32# 41
Worst Rank# 54# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3033
Home Runs115
RBI3024
Stolen Bases58
Batting Average.283.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 28
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 29# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 31# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 29# 42
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 42
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 30# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 27# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 21# 127
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 28# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 69
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 25# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 39
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 34# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 26# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 31# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 21# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 29# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 27# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 59
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 24# 25
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 36# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 24# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 21# 93
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 27
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 34# 13
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 35# 31
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 37# 32
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 40# 29
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 45# 19
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 47# 36
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 47# 24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats530681
   
Runs83105
   
Hits154206
   
Singles85139
   
Doubles2941
   
Triples710
   
Home Runs3316
   
RBI8974
   
Stolen Bases1220
   
Caught Stealing710
   
Walks5445
   
Strikeouts131126
   
Batting Average.291.303
   
On Base Pct.364.348
   
Slugging Pct.559.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.922.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats197222
   
Runs3033
   
Hits5665
   
Singles3244
   
Doubles1114
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs115
   
RBI3024
   
Stolen Bases58
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks1817
   
Strikeouts4741
   
Batting Average.283.294
   
On Base Pct.345.343
   
Slugging Pct.519.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.863.787
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Austin Meadows was not present for both Saturday and Sunday's summer camp workouts.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 7th
 
 Austin Meadows went 0-for-3 with a walk an a run scored in the Rays' 9-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 4th
 
 Austin Meadows went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in the Rays' 3-3 tie versus the Orioles on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 2nd
 
Notes 
 If you draft a Tampa Bay position player - especially this year - you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Well, except for Austin Meadows. The Rays have so many platoon options on their team, but Meadows is one of the few players who are locked into an everyday role. Meadows finally lived up to his prospect pedigree last season, and there's room for more growth if he can channel the speed that he flashed in the minors. The big thing to watch with Meadows is how he performs against lefties, but don't overthink it - especially in that division."
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
 Although we haven't seen it for an extended stretch, what Meadows did last year, hitting 33 homers with a .291 average and 12 steals makes him well worth considering if he lasts into the fifth round of your drafts. There may be room for more upside as well.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
 Some big time potential here if you are willing to take on the injury risk.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
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
  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