Who Should I Draft?

Jose Ramirez or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
58 of 59 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 29
Best Rank# 3# 19
Worst Rank# 31# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 3# 32
Best Rank# 3# 29
Worst Rank# 8# 36
   
Projections 
   
Runs10185
Home Runs3014
RBI9865
Stolen Bases2534
Batting Average.289.287
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 5# 34
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 29
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 20
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 9# 30
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 6# 27
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 5# 36
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 9# 27
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 11# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 10# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 5# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 26
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 3# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 5# 119
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 4# 50
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 3# 24
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 3# 23
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 4# 77
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 3# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 28
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 24
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 49
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 7# 27
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 29
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 7# 25
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 25
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 25
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 29
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 30
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 12# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 28
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 27
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 7# 41
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 3# 19
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 30
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 7# 23
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 11# 23
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 23
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 25
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 3# 28
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 12# 30
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 31
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 3# 34
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 9# 33
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 22
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 4# 23
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 31
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 8# 23
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 26
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 3# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 32
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 25
   
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats578632
   
Runs11088
   
Hits156192
   
Singles75134
   
Doubles3843
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs3912
   
RBI10560
   
Stolen Bases3445
   
Caught Stealing610
   
Walks10661
   
Strikeouts80114
   
Batting Average.270.304
   
On Base Pct.387.367
   
Slugging Pct.552.438
   
On-base Plus Slugging.939.806
   
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats569596
   
Runs10185
   
Hits165171
   
Singles89116
   
Doubles4138
   
Triples44
   
Home Runs3014
   
RBI9865
   
Stolen Bases2534
   
Caught Stealing79
   
Walks7847
   
Strikeouts75104
   
Batting Average.289.287
   
On Base Pct.375.339
   
Slugging Pct.538.432
   
On-base Plus Slugging.914.771
   
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 The Indians placed Jose Ramirez on the 10-day injured list with a fractured hamate in his right hand.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 25th
Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
 Jose Ramirez exited Saturday's game against the Royals with an apparent right wrist injury.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 24th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 22nd
Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Aug 16th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 2nd
 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two homers and six RBI in a 19-5 win over the Yankees on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Aug 16th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 14-2 loss to the Orioles on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
Notes 
 A second-half slump removed Ramirez from the AL MVP and No. 1 pick conversations. Don't punish him too severely for the .218 batting average after the All-Star break, as the 26-year-old infielder still tallied 39 homers, 34 steals and 26 more walks (106) than strikeouts (80). Given his excellent plate approach and career 88.0% contact rate, his average should improve from .270 closer to his .285 career norm if he curtails last year's pop-up woes (13.0%). After giving everyone a late scare in spring with a knee injury, he's expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Jose Ramirez may have been the best fantasy player in baseball last year, knocking 39 homers with 34 steals, 110 runs and 105 RBIs, but he is still 1-C behind both Trout and Mookie Betts because of their consistent production over the last three seasons
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
 Ramirez was the fourth-most valuable player in standard 5x5 leagues last season, according to Baseball Monster, trailing only J.D. Martinez, Christian Yelich, and Mookie Betts. And that was with a .270 batting average that was 15 points below Ramirez's career .285 mark, due to an abnormally low .252 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). While Ramirez's average is very likely to rise, his career-high 39 home runs and 34 stolen bases are should go in the opposite direction. Still, we're talking about a player who can produce a 30-20 season with a plus batting average. It's hard to argue too much with his current ADP of third overall behind Mookie Betts and Mike Trout.
Andrew Seifter - 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