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Who Should I Draft?

Brandon Woodruff or Whit Merrifield (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 41
Best Rank# 18# 20
Worst Rank# 87# 82
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 37# 41
Best Rank# 32# 28
Worst Rank# 50# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs90
Home Runs2016
RBI68
Stolen Bases25
Batting Avg.285
Strikeouts191107
Wins11
Saves0
ERA3.45
WHIP1.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 50
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 29# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 46# 52
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 38# 57
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 37# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 49
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 37# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 48# 56
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 43
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 26# 40
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 22# 80
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 35# 60
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 38# 42
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 38# 41
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 31# 42
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 25# 37
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 54
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 18# 48
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 41# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 32# 37
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 25# 38
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 35# 41
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 42# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 25# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 27# 44
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 21# 60
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 33# 46
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 44# 45
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 32# 49
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 39# 42
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 35# 56
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 40# 42
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 30# 33
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 39# 30
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 39# 34
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 39# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 41# 37
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 42
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 43# 40
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 43# 39
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 44# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 46# 42
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 46# 41
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 40
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 48# 34
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 48# 46
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 53# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 54# 20
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 58# 32
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 58# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 59# 33
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 70# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 82# 37
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 87# 82
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs38
   
Home Runs99
   
RBI31
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Batting Avg.286
   
Strikeouts9133
   
Wins3
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.05
   
WHIP0.99
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs90
   
Home Runs2016
   
RBI68
   
Stolen Bases25
   
Batting Avg.285
   
Strikeouts191107
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.45
   
WHIP1.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Brandon Woodruff
SP - MIL
Brandon Woodruff
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Brandon Woodruff did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 29th
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a walk and a RBI single during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Oct 2nd
 Brandon Woodruff (9-10) took the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on two hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 22nd
Whit Merrifield went 0-for-2 with two RBI during Friday's 3-1 win over the Tigers.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Sep 25th
 Brandon Woodruff (9-9) took the loss Wednesday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on four hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 15th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-1 loss in Cleveland.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 22nd
 The Brewers have scratched pitcher Brandon Woodruff from his start on Saturday due to a stomach bug. Eric Lauer will take the mound instead. Meanwhile, Woodruff's start has been moved back to Wednesday.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 11th
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a RBI during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 15th
 Brandon Woodruff (9-8) took the loss Monday against the Phillies, allowing four runs on nine hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 6th
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored during Wednesday's 9-8 loss in Baltimore.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 9th
Notes 
 There were some skeptics after Woodruff succeeded in 2019 based largely on one pitch - his devastating fastball - but he put those concerns to rest in 2020. His ERA (3.05) and WHIP (0.99) were incredibly strong, particularly when you consider that he struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings. Woodruff's fastball hits rests at 96 MPH and is one of the better pitches in baseball, but his slider and changeup both made strides last year. The Brewers are reportedly planning to add about 100 innings to their starter's workloads last season, so pencil Woodruff in for roughly 175 extremely strong frames. You can survive with him as your fantasy ace, though he's best as an incredibly strong number 2.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Woodruff's 2020 season ranked in the 90th percentile in both xERA and xwOBA. He rates out well according to both FIP and Baseball Savant. It's fair to call him a good-to-great starting pitcher. The question becomes what kind of workload can we expect from Milwaukee's No. 1? Woodruff logged 73 2/3 innings last summer after posting a career-high 121 2/3 frames in 2019. The Brewers plan to add on 100 innings to each of their SP's workloads from last year. If you believe Woodruff will hold up then he's a wildly exciting SP2 in fantasy.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros