Who Should I Draft?

Daniel Murphy or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
53 of 59 experts
10%
Recommended by
6 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 43
Best Rank# 19# 21
Worst Rank# 119# 92
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 67
Best Rank# 29# 59
Worst Rank# 36# 100
   
Projections 
   
Runs8581
Home Runs1422
RBI6583
Stolen Bases344
Batting Average.287.311
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 35
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 42
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 37
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 56
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 47
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 58
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 29
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 92
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 52
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 50
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 45
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 59
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 45
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 38
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 44
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 44
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 42
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 43
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 42
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 38
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 44
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 35
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 47
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 86
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 42
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 55
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 46
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 44
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 40
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 44
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 49
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 62
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 26
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 46
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 55
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 55
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 47
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 47
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 41
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 56
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 56
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 37
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 38
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 37
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 21
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 24
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 48
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 58
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 68
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632328
   
Runs8840
   
Hits19298
   
Singles13471
   
Doubles4315
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs1212
   
RBI6042
   
Stolen Bases453
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks6120
   
Strikeouts11440
   
Batting Average.304.299
   
On Base Pct.367.336
   
Slugging Pct.438.454
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.791
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596529
   
Runs8581
   
Hits171165
   
Singles116105
   
Doubles3835
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1422
   
RBI6583
   
Stolen Bases344
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks4741
   
Strikeouts10469
   
Batting Average.287.311
   
On Base Pct.339.360
   
Slugging Pct.432.517
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.876
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
News 
 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
Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with a double, four RBI, and a run scored in the Rockies' 11-10 win over the Padres on Saturday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 15th
 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
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in the Rockies' 10-8 win over the Padres on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 14th
 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
Daniel Murphy went 1-for-4 with a single in the Rockies' 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
 Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Daniel Murphy went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 4th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 2nd
Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in the Rockies' loss to the Pirates on Saturday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
Notes 
 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
Murphy's overall stat line wasn't all that impressive last year, but once he was healthy in the second half, he returned to hittin .315 with a 25 HR pace. Move that to Coors Field and we may be looking at the NL Batting Champion with plenty of homers, RBI and runs. Be mindful that he rarely plays a full season, but when he is on the field we are looking at a top 30 fantasy asset
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Murphy took a long time to return from microfracture knee surgery in 2018, but it was worth the wait for his fantasy owners, as he produced a .299/40/12/42/3 line over 328 at-bats from June on. He's always been a good hitter, but has blossomed into a truly potent fantasy asset over the last three seasons, demonstrating the ability to knock 25 home runs with a batting average well north of .300. And that was before he played his home games at Coors Field, where he owns a .330 lifetime batting average. Murphy may be discounted in drafts on account of his increasing age, but it would not be shocking if he finished as a top-20 overall hitter in his first season in Colorado.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Murphy's draft stock hasn't soared nearly enough for a career .299/.344/.458 hitter moving to Coors Field. One of baseball's top sluggers in 2016 and 2017, his 2018 returns were contaminated by a brutal return from offseason knee injury. From July 1 onward, removing 15 games from his 91-game season, he batted .317/.355/.493 with 12 homers. Steamer's projected .307 average and 22 homers seem more than reasonable with the Rockies, and he's capable of bringing home another batting title.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros