Who Should I Draft?

Khris Davis or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Khris Davis
LF,DH - OAK
Khris Davis
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 28# 29
Best Rank# 19# 19
Worst Rank# 57# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 42# 32
Best Rank# 37# 29
Worst Rank# 43# 36
   
Projections 
   
Runs9185
Home Runs4214
RBI11165
Stolen Bases134
Batting Average.248.287
   
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# 35# 36
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 33# 35
   
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Brewer Rat
# 30# 33
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 25# 26
   
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# 39# 54
   
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Beast Dome
# 33# 119
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
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Fantasy Team Advice
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Mr. Cheatsheet
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Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37
   
  Khris Davis
LF,DH - OAK
Khris Davis
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats576632
   
Runs9888
   
Hits142192
   
Singles65134
   
Doubles2843
   
Triples13
   
Home Runs4812
   
RBI12360
   
Stolen Bases045
   
Caught Stealing010
   
Walks5961
   
Strikeouts175114
   
Batting Average.247.304
   
On Base Pct.326.367
   
Slugging Pct.549.438
   
On-base Plus Slugging.874.806
   
  Khris Davis
LF,DH - OAK
Khris Davis
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats565596
   
Runs9185
   
Hits140171
   
Singles71116
   
Doubles2738
   
Triples14
   
Home Runs4214
   
RBI11165
   
Stolen Bases134
   
Caught Stealing19
   
Walks6147
   
Strikeouts174104
   
Batting Average.248.287
   
On Base Pct.322.339
   
Slugging Pct.523.432
   
On-base Plus Slugging.844.771
   
  Khris Davis
LF,DH - OAK
Khris Davis
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Khris Davis is absent from Wednesday's lineup against the Angels due to the stomach flu.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 26th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a steal in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 29th
 Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Oakland's 3-2 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 25th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 23rd
 Khris Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Royals.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 in an 8-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
 Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and four RBI in Friday's 14-9 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
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
 Khris Davis went 3-for-6 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored in Tuesday’s 21-7 win over the Astros.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
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
Notes 
 Looking for 40 homers? Draft Davis and write it in ink. He has knocked 133 over the last three seasons with 335 RBIs in that time. The floor is as high as you'll find in the first five rounds but the batting average is almost certainly going to be around .250 again
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
 Consistency may be the most under-appreciated asset in fantasy baseball. Davis isn't young and flashy, and he won't help you in terms of speed or batting average, but he has delivered 40+ home runs and 100+ RBIs in three straight seasons, establishing himself as an incredibly reliable top-40 hitter in standard roto/categories leagues. In fact, he was so good last year that he finished as the 11th-best hitter. That will likely prove to be his high water mark, but there is little risk associated with using a fourth round pick on Davis.
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
 Davis' consistently extends his uncanny streak of batting .247 in four straight seasons. He's also the only player to deposit at least 40 homers in each of the last three seasons. MLB's league-wide batting average dipped to .248 last season, so Oakland's slugger won't torpedo that category. And while power is now easier to find later in drafts, elite power remains a major asset. Having only played 11 games in the outfield, he won't have a position in some leagues. That utility-only label could turn him into a value, as drafters are needlessly reticent of taking such players.
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