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Who Should I Draft?

DJ LeMahieu or Whit Merrifield (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
44 of 50 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 28
Best Rank# 13# 16
Worst Rank# 53# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 25# 41
Best Rank# 21# 28
Worst Rank# 29# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs9990
Home Runs2116
RBI7768
Stolen Bases625
Batting Average.307.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 37
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 26
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 15# 24
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 33# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 13# 56
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 26# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 25# 28
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 18# 23
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 22# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 26# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 21# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 22# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 23# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 29
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 26# 28
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 22# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 28# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 20# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 29
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 24# 29
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 15# 28
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 17# 24
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 25# 26
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 16# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 29
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 25# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 34# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 23# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 32
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 19# 24
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 21# 33
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 15# 16
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 16# 26
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 21# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 25# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 36# 38
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 26# 29
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 23# 25
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 27# 21
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 37# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 38# 17
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 30
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 46# 33
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 53# 33
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats195248
   
Runs4138
   
Hits7171
   
Singles4950
   
Doubles1012
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs109
   
RBI2731
   
Stolen Bases312
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks1812
   
Strikeouts2133
   
Batting Average.364.286
   
On Base Pct.421.328
   
Slugging Pct.590.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.011.772
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats579614
   
Runs9990
   
Hits176174
   
Singles124118
   
Doubles2935
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs2116
   
RBI7768
   
Stolen Bases625
   
Caught Stealing28
   
Walks4942
   
Strikeouts87107
   
Batting Average.307.285
   
On Base Pct.361.332
   
Slugging Pct.474.435
   
On-base Plus Slugging.835.767
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run on Monday as the Yankees lost to the Rangers by a 5-2 score.
John Aubin
Tue, May 18th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored during Saturday’s 5-1 win over the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sun, May 16th
 DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-2 with a walk and scored a run while driving in two runners on Saturday as the Yankees beat the Orioles by an 8-2 score.
John Aubin
Sun, May 16th
Whit Merrifield went 1-for-6 with a walk over both games of Friday’s doubleheader against the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 15th
 DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Thursday as the Yankees lost to the Rays by a 9-1 score.
John Aubin
Fri, May 14th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and one stolen base in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Mon, May 10th
 DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs and a strikeout in Friday's 11-4 loss to the Nationals.
John Aubin
Sat, May 8th
Whit Merrifield went 1-for-2 with three walks, a run scored and a pair of stolen bases during Tuesday's 7-3 loss to Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Wed, May 5th
 DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a walk as he scored two runs and drove in one runner on Tuesday as the Yankees beat the Astros by a 7-3 score.
John Aubin
Wed, May 5th
Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk during Monday’s 8-6 loss to Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Tue, May 4th
Notes 
 LeMahieu will return to the Yankees on a six-year deal, and that is great news for fantasy managers. Since he's been New York, he's provided elite all-around production, most notably in batting average, where he has batted .336. He's blossomed into a 25-home run hitter with plenty of runs and RBI, and a handful of steals that chip in with the category. Add to that LeMahieu's multi-position eligibility and he is a huge asset to every fantasy team. With nothing in his profile to suggest a skills decline, he should be drafted before the third round is out in every fantasy league.
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
 One of my biggest fades this season. DJL is great, but is more of a real life player than he is a fantasy player. Not reaching for him at his ceiling.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 
 Over the past two season "DJL" has posted a 183 wRC+ while playing at home compared to a 112 figure on the road. Of course, it's always helpful to be hitting in Yankee Stadium. This makes the fact that he re-signed with the Yankees an important one. LeMahieu is going to keep playing half of his games inside Yankee Stadium. The first modern player to win batting titles in both leagues, LeMahieu's presence on the Yankees means that he's the No. 1 fantasy second baseman for this fantasy writer.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros