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
52%
Recommended by
29 of 56 experts
48%
Recommended by
27 of 56 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
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 23# 27
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 35# 36
   
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RotoChamp
# 22# 23
   
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Razzball
# 37# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 33# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 30# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 25# 26
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 39# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 33# 119
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 28# 50
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 26# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 33# 77
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 29# 31
   
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BretskyBall
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The Athletic
# 24# 27
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
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Sporfolio
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Athlon Sports
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Pitcher List
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RotoBaller
# 22# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 19# 27
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 36# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 30
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 25# 34
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 27# 30
   
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SportsLine
# 25# 34
   
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FanGraphs
# 25# 26
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 32
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 25# 23
   
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FanGraphs
# 25# 19
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 26# 24
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 27# 25
   
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The Athletic
# 27# 25
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 27# 22
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 20
   
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Freeze Stats
# 27# 25
   
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# 27# 24
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 28# 25
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 28# 25
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 25
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 30# 27
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 30# 29
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 24
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 31# 28
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 32# 28
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 34# 23
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 37# 33
   
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The Athletic
# 37# 34
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 40# 23
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 29
   
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Razzball
# 44# 34
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 46# 23
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 51# 30
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 57# 23
   
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 went 2-for-4 with two singles on Friday against the Rays.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 22nd
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Indians on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 25th
 Khris Davis went 1-for-4 with a home run on Sunday against the Mariners.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 17th
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
 Khris Davis went 1-for-4 with a walk, single, one RBI, and one run scored on Saturday against Seattle.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, Jun 16th
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
 Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a single, home run, one RBI, and one run scored against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 12th
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
 Khris Davis went 2-for-5 with a home run, single, three RBI, and one run scored on Sunday against Texas.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 10th
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
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
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