Who Should I Draft?

Jose Altuve or Whit Merrifield (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Recommended by
54 of 56 experts
Recommended by
2 of 56 experts
ECR# 10# 29
Best Rank# 3# 19
Worst Rank# 35# 119
Composite# 14# 32
Best Rank# 7# 29
Worst Rank# 17# 36
Home Runs1814
Stolen Bases2234
Batting Average.317.287
Injury AlertIL10-
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 12# 34
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Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 29
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Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 20
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# 8# 30
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# 7# 27
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# 15# 36
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# 11# 24
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# 14# 27
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# 9# 23
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# 19# 49
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The Fake Baseball
# 21# 35
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# 9# 26
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The Athletic
# 13# 54
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# 29# 119
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# 9# 50
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# 16# 32
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# 11# 77
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# 15# 31
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# 9# 28
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# 9# 24
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# 15# 34
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# 8# 49
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# 6# 27
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# 15# 29
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# 20# 25
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# 15# 25
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# 3# 25
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# 9# 30
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# 5# 37
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# 16# 28
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# 14# 36
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# 13# 27
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# 11# 41
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# 10# 19
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# 19# 30
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# 8# 23
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# 5# 23
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# 19# 34
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# 21# 25
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# 12# 25
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# 17# 28
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# 10# 30
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# 11# 34
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# 9# 22
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# 9# 23
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# 11# 26
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# 9# 33
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# 24# 23
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# 35# 33
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
2018 Stats 
At Bats534632
Home Runs1312
Stolen Bases1745
Caught Stealing410
Batting Average.317.304
On Base Pct.386.367
Slugging Pct.451.438
On-base Plus Slugging.837.806
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
2019 Projections 
At Bats582596
Home Runs1814
Stolen Bases2234
Caught Stealing69
Batting Average.317.287
On Base Pct.377.339
Slugging Pct.483.432
On-base Plus Slugging.859.771
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
 The Astros activated Jose Altuve (knee, hamstring) off the 10-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 19th
Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield had a monster game in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday. Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
 Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that Jose Altuve (knee, hamstring) could return as soon as Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
 Altuve will kick off a rehab assignment Friday night with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 14th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
 Jose Altuve (hamstring, knee) appears close to beginning a rehab assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
 Jose Altuve has been pulled from his minor league rehab assignment due to "fatigue and soreness" in his knee.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 It can be easy to be discouraged by Altuve "only" batting .316 with limited power and steals, but the injury seemed to influence his performance much more than most realize. You can expect a return to his 20 homer, 30 steal, 110 runs season with a batting average north of .330
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Altuve is coming off a down year by his high standards, although he still finished just inside the top-60 players in standard 5x5 roto formats. Fantasy owners should expect a modest rebound, but it would be unwise to expect Altuve to fully return to the first round player he once was. His back-to-back 24 HR seasons in 2016 and 2017 always looked unsustainable based on his high ground ball rate, and while last year's 13 homers may be his floor in that department, fantasy owners shouldn't realistically expect more than 15-17. Meanwhile, Altuve's sprint speed is down and his stolen base attempts have declined for five straight years, suggesting that he may not steal 20 bases, let alone 30.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 Last year's consensus No. 2 pick, Altuve stumbled to just 13 homers and 17 steals in 137 games. Despite the down year, drafters should pounce if the 2017 AL MVP falls into the second round. He was batting .342 through June before a knee injury interfered, eventually forcing the first DL appearance of his career. After an offseason to heal, he should veer closer to 20-homer, 25-steal form with a sky-high average and plenty of scoring output in Houston's star-studded lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
  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