Who Should I Draft?

Jose Abreu or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
Expert
Recommendation
86%
Recommended by
48 of 56 experts
14%
Recommended by
8 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 41
Best Rank# 19# 30
Worst Rank# 119# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 74
Best Rank# 29# 52
Worst Rank# 36# 82
   
Projections 
   
Runs8579
Home Runs1427
RBI6592
Stolen Bases342
Batting Average.287.284
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 38
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 38
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 33
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 42
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 40
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 50
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 63
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 38
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 46
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 39
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 36
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 54
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 46
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 39
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 46
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 42
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 57
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 36
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 51
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 42
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 35
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 38
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 46
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 37
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 56
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 47
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 53
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 43
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 39
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 53
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 43
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 39
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 40
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 34
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 42
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 43
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 39
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 58
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 51
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 49
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 40
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 51
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 30
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 32
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 35
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 41
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 43
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 46
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 53
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 67
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632499
   
Runs8868
   
Hits192132
   
Singles13473
   
Doubles4336
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1222
   
RBI6078
   
Stolen Bases452
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks6137
   
Strikeouts114109
   
Batting Average.304.265
   
On Base Pct.367.326
   
Slugging Pct.438.473
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.798
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596564
   
Runs8579
   
Hits171160
   
Singles11696
   
Doubles3835
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1427
   
RBI6592
   
Stolen Bases342
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks4740
   
Strikeouts104116
   
Batting Average.287.284
   
On Base Pct.339.331
   
Slugging Pct.432.497
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.828
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Abreu
1B,DH - CWS
Jose Abreu
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 23rd
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 1-for-5 in a 5-4 win over the Rangers on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in a 10-3 loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a run in an 8-4 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
 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
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 0-for-4 in a 12-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
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
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 6-4 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
Notes 
 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
Since Abreu joined the league, he is fifth in the majors with 288 RBIs and #1 among that group with a .295 batting average. As you know, he provides plenty of homers and runs as well. It may not feel interesting to draft Abreu, but with first base more shallow than years past, he is an excellent 6th round pick
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Abreu had the worst season of his career in 2018, but that was largely due to a low BABIP and a couple unusual injuries (a testicular torsion issue and thigh infection) that together cost him about 30 games of action. Abreu's batted ball indicators remained right in line with past seasons, so he should be expected to rebound to his typical .290-30-100 level of production. He's a great pick if you can get him at a discount, particularly considering the lack of dependable options at first base this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
The always reliable Abreu fell short of a .290 batting average (.265) and 100 RBI (78) for the first time in his five-year MLB tenure. Just as he was kicking into high gear in August (.338/.380/.676), a thigh injury ended his season early. His .294 BABIP plummeted below his .329 career norm without any accompanying dips in contact and strikeouts, so it's easy envisioning an average rebound to at least .280. Although he may not return to 30 homers, he shouldn't miss by much if healthy. This could be a chance to buy a steady producer at a discount.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 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