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Who Should I Draft?

Bo Bichette or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
26 of 52 experts
50%
Recommended by
26 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 46
Best Rank# 15# 12
Worst Rank# 67# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 66# 49
Best Rank# 61# 41
Worst Rank# 88# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3132
Home Runs85
RBI2524
Stolen Bases88
Batting Average.280.290
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 26
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 67# 60
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 21# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 52# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 46# 37
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 41
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 48# 36
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 38
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 48# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 48# 46
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 32# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 45# 40
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 48# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 54# 32
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 49# 36
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 30
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 58# 49
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 39# 36
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 35# 27
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 51# 25
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 54# 29
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 64# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 52# 36
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 15# 19
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 25# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 31# 46
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 31# 60
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 31# 83
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 33# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 34# 66
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 34# 42
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 35# 127
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 38# 45
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 39# 55
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 39# 93
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 41# 54
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 41# 84
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 42# 48
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 47
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 43# 48
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 48
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 48# 59
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 48# 55
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 69
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 64
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 50# 59
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 52# 61
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 61
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 64# 74
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats196681
   
Runs32105
   
Hits61206
   
Singles32139
   
Doubles1841
   
Triples010
   
Home Runs1116
   
RBI2174
   
Stolen Bases420
   
Caught Stealing410
   
Walks1445
   
Strikeouts50126
   
Batting Average.311.303
   
On Base Pct.359.348
   
Slugging Pct.571.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.930.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats204221
   
Runs3132
   
Hits5764
   
Singles3443
   
Doubles1414
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs85
   
RBI2524
   
Stolen Bases88
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks1616
   
Strikeouts4641
   
Batting Average.280.290
   
On Base Pct.331.339
   
Slugging Pct.470.439
   
On-base Plus Slugging.801.778
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Bo Bichette 2-for-4 with a run scored, two RBI and two walks during Toronto's 14-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 24th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a run and a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 26th
 Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Yankees.
Andy Zimmerman
Tue, Sep 22nd
Kansas City outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a run and a steal in an 8-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 25th
 Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple during Sunday's victory over the Phillies.
Andy Zimmerman
Mon, Sep 21st
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Sep 22nd
 Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 with three RBI on Thursday night as the Blue Jays lost to the Yankees by a 10-7 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 18th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two runs and two steals in a 4-0 win over Detroit on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
 Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 with a double and drove in a run as the Blue Jays lost to the Yankees by a 20-6 score on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 16th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double and a steal in a 6-0 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 16th
Notes 
 Everything that could go right, did go right for Bo Bichette in his rookie year in Toronto. Is he a .300 hitter? Probably not, but he'll hit around .285 with a power/speed combo that will play up in Toronto. Could there be an adjustment period in his second season? Sure, there could. Are there concerns that the performance wasn't legit? Not really, if you look at his prospect pedigree and his underlying numbers. The ceiling is sky-high here, and Bichette could be a top 5 shortstop off the board in 2021."
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
 Expected to bat leadoff once again this season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
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
  A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros