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Who Should I Draft?

Jose Altuve or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
43 of 45 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 41
Best Rank# 10# 13
Worst Rank# 76# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 47
Best Rank# 27# 41
Worst Rank# 33# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3533
Home Runs95
RBI2924
Stolen Bases58
Batting Average.308.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 28
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 37# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 23# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 25# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 23# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 20# 42
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 22# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 42
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 25# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 76# 127
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 16# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 10# 24
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 23# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 28# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 23# 69
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 27# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 33# 39
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 21# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 18# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 26# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 31# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 26# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 35# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 26# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 59
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 25# 27
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 18# 25
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 16# 42
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 22# 29
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 22# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 33# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 33# 93
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 13
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 46# 19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats500681
   
Runs89105
   
Hits149206
   
Singles88139
   
Doubles2741
   
Triples310
   
Home Runs3116
   
RBI7474
   
Stolen Bases620
   
Caught Stealing510
   
Walks4145
   
Strikeouts82126
   
Batting Average.298.303
   
On Base Pct.353.348
   
Slugging Pct.550.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.903.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats204222
   
Runs3533
   
Hits6365
   
Singles4144
   
Doubles1214
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs95
   
RBI2924
   
Stolen Bases58
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks1917
   
Strikeouts3341
   
Batting Average.308.294
   
On Base Pct.366.343
   
Slugging Pct.505.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.871.787
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 The Astros cancelled Monday's workout due to not receiving test results from Friday. They were also not tested over the holiday weekend.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Jul 6th
 
 Jose Altuve went 0-for-3 in Monday's 2-1 Grapefruit League win over the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
 
 Jose Altuve (illness) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 4th
 
 Jose Altuve will not play in Tuesday’s game, he has the same illness that has been going around the Astros clubhouse and should be back soon.
Aaron Hudson
Tue, Mar 3rd
 
 Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Astros have come to terms on a two-year contract with manager Dusty Baker.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jan 29th
 
Notes 
 Jose Altuve has lived in the early rounds of fantasy drafts for the past five years. But now, after the cheating scandal and slight decline, Altuve is dropping to the third round. If you haven't noticed yet, second base is a weak position, so it's a good spot to grab Altuve. He's still on the right side of 30, but just temper the expectations for the stolen base numbers to return to vintage Altuve-type numbers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
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
 Altuve hit a career-high 31 homers last year but still only finished as the #10 fantasy second basemen because the steals have disappeared and his batting average has continued to drop. With that said, he has been so consistent for long enough that he may still be the top second basemen for 2020.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
 There is a TON of upside potential for Altuve as much as 15 picks higher than where I am ranking him, but as I do my rankings I keep seeing players I would rather have and more and more doubts that Altuve will get back to stealing 20+ bases. Without those steals, the plus BA isn't enough to make me bite over the alternatives.
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
 Scary drop in SBs and SB success rate. Average dropped under .300 for the first time since 2013. Exit Velocity and Hard hit % were below average so a significant drop in HRs can be assumed. Avoiding at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
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