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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
45 of 51 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 29
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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 24# 30
   
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 
 Yankees INF DJ LeMahieu was battling a core injury this season, and has since undergone surgery to repair the issue. It's an estimated eight-week recovery and he will be ready for Spring Training.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Oct 20th
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
 The Yankees have placed infielder DJ LeMahieu (sports hernia) on the 10-day injured list, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Oct 3rd
Whit Merrifield went 0-for-2 with two RBI during Friday's 3-1 win over the Tigers.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Sep 25th
 Yankees INF DJ LeMahieu (hip) will require surgery for a sports hernia after the season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Oct 2nd
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-1 loss in Cleveland.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 22nd
 DJ LeMahieu exited Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with right hip soreness, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Oct 1st
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a RBI during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 15th
 DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run on Friday as the Yankees lost to the Red Sox by an 8-3 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 25th
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 
 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