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Who Should I Draft?

Chris Paddack or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Chris Paddack
SP - SD
Chris Paddack
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
28 of 55 experts
49%
Recommended by
27 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 57
Best Rank# 15# 28
Worst Rank# 175# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 53
Best Rank# 41# 49
Worst Rank# 59# 57
   
Projections 
   
Runs32
Home Runs59
RBI24
Stolen Bases8
Batting Avg.290
Strikeouts4165
Wins4
Saves0
ERA3.77
WHIP1.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 47# 64
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 50
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 45
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 24# 36
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 15# 90
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 38# 78
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 56# 65
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 89
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 65# 113
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 46# 61
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 78# 119
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 48# 63
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 38# 87
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 53# 63
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 50# 64
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 41# 71
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 64# 86
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 65# 67
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 47# 60
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 50# 67
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 61# 84
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 68
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 51# 59
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 78
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 34# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 59# 64
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 40# 96
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 56# 71
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 86# 37
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 53# 38
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 41# 40
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 67# 41
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 56# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 66# 44
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 82# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 84# 45
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 126# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 80# 49
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 97# 49
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 64# 49
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 83# 49
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 74# 49
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 51
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 53# 52
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 80# 53
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 56# 54
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 129# 56
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 65# 57
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 66# 57
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 58
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 68# 60
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 175# 63
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 96# 67
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 76# 70
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Chris Paddack
SP - SD
Chris Paddack
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs105
   
Home Runs1623
   
RBI74
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Batting Avg.303
   
Strikeouts126153
   
Wins9
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.33
   
WHIP0.98
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Chris Paddack
SP - SD
Chris Paddack
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs32
   
Home Runs59
   
RBI24
   
Stolen Bases8
   
Batting Avg.290
   
Strikeouts4165
   
Wins4
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.77
   
WHIP1.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Chris Paddack
SP - SD
Chris Paddack
News 
 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
Chris Paddack was hammered on Wednesday when he surrendered six runs on eight hits with one strikeout over 2 1/3 innings in the Padres Game 1 Wild Card loss to the Cardinals.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Oct 1st
 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
Chris Paddack will start Game 1 for the Padres in their Wild Card series against the Saint Louis Cardinals.
Jon Mathisen
Tue, Sep 29th
 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
Chris Paddack took the loss in his final regular season start on Friday against the Giants, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 26th
 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
Chris Paddack earned the win on Friday against Seattle, limiting the Mariners' offense to one hit over six scoreless innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 19th
 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
Chris Paddack (ankle) will start on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 16th
Notes 
 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
Very good SP that could break out in 2020. 60 games rather than the long, drawn out grind of 162 could help establish him as one of the best in the business on the bump without having to prove he can maintain his Ace stuff over the durability test that is a full 162. I bet he is overdraft in 2021, but in 2020 he could be a #1.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
The Padres actually managed to have Chris Paddack on an innings limit that didn't totally drive fantasy managers mad. He showed that he could hold up over the course of a full season, and he more than performed to the lofty expectations that were thrust upon him when he made the Padres Opening Day roster. Paddack is working on developing his curveball, and if he's able to throw that with more regularity, he's going to have three plus-pitches. We haven't even begun to see his upside."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 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
Paddack earned his "biggest spring training breakout" award with an outstanding season, albeit one capped with an innings limit. The reins should be taken off a bit this year, which should allow Paddack to remain in a groove and build on his outstanding 2019 numbers. His fastball and changeup are simpy elite, and if he can continue to refine his curveball, he could develop into a true fantasy ace.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Allowed more than two walks just twice in 26 starts, resulting in a 0.98 WHIP for the season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros