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Who Should I Draft?

Eugenio Suarez or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
Expert
Recommendation
62%
Recommended by
28 of 45 experts
38%
Recommended by
17 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 44
Best Rank# 13# 16
Worst Rank# 127# 94
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 75
Best Rank# 41# 66
Worst Rank# 59# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs3330
Home Runs514
RBI2436
Stolen Bases81
Batting Average.293.272
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 43
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 40
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 74
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 69
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 50
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 43
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 48
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 51
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 38
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 51
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 51
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 39
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 40
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 50
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 61
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 70
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 74
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 52
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 39
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 29
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 38
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 47
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 41
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 52
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 51
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 16
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 23
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 24
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 36
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 37
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 38
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 45# 39
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 54# 39
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 44
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 44
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 44
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 45
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 48
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 54
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 57
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 64# 62
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 94
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681575
   
Runs10587
   
Hits206156
   
Singles13983
   
Doubles4122
   
Triples102
   
Home Runs1649
   
RBI74103
   
Stolen Bases203
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks4570
   
Strikeouts126189
   
Batting Average.303.271
   
On Base Pct.348.358
   
Slugging Pct.463.572
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.930
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222192
   
Runs3330
   
Hits6552
   
Singles4429
   
Doubles149
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs514
   
RBI2436
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks1625
   
Strikeouts4159
   
Batting Average.293.272
   
On Base Pct.342.356
   
Slugging Pct.443.528
   
On-base Plus Slugging.785.884
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
News 
  3B Eugenio Suarez is a “100 percent healthy.” said Reds’ manager David Bell.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 3rd
  Reds GM Dick Williams says Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) is "100 percent".
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 4th
  Eugenio Suarez is fully recovered from his swimming injury in January, and is full-go for whenever the 2020 season will begin.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, May 21st
  Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) took some swings in the batting cage on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Mar 6th
  Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) has begun light throwing workouts at Reds camp.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 27th
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
Eugenio Suarez has often been one of the most overlooked players in fantasy, but now, it seems like there's risk with the profile. Not only is he coming back from a shoulder injury, but you're banking on a pace of 45-plus home runs again to provide the value you need. He's essentially empty power, as he doesn't hit for a good average, nor will he still bases for you. The position is deep enough that you can move past Suarez and his red flags.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Few hitters benefited as much from the postponement of the season as did Suarez, whose shoulder woes made his availability for Opening Day questionable. He'll now likely be at or close to full strength when the season begins. Whether he can repeat his near-50 homer performance is another question (he likely can't), but you should draft him as you would few to no health concerns.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 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
This is your reminder that Suarez hit 49 home runs last season. He, of course, ended up with 100+ RBIs for the second straight season too, and his batting average won't even kill you. The fact that you can get him a round or two after Kris Bryant is absolute gold.
Bobby Sylvester - 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