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Who Should I Draft?

Kris Bryant or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
30 of 45 experts
33%
Recommended by
15 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 41
Best Rank# 21# 13
Worst Rank# 60# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 44# 47
Best Rank# 39# 41
Worst Rank# 56# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3833
Home Runs115
RBI3024
Stolen Bases28
Batting Average.285.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 41# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 39# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 39# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 34# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 41# 63
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 36# 42
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 42
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 21# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 30# 127
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 36# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 42# 69
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 39# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 48
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 34# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 48# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 42# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 49# 50
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 49# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 40# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 35# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 40# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 38# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 29# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 29# 93
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 29# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 28
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 33# 31
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 33# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 36# 35
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 37# 36
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 37# 36
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 30
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 48# 39
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 49# 27
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 50# 13
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 55# 29
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 56# 38
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 59# 24
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 60# 19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats543681
   
Runs108105
   
Hits152206
   
Singles85139
   
Doubles3541
   
Triples110
   
Home Runs3116
   
RBI7774
   
Stolen Bases420
   
Caught Stealing010
   
Walks7445
   
Strikeouts145126
   
Batting Average.280.303
   
On Base Pct.380.348
   
Slugging Pct.519.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.900.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats202222
   
Runs3833
   
Hits5865
   
Singles3244
   
Doubles1314
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs115
   
RBI3024
   
Stolen Bases28
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks2817
   
Strikeouts5441
   
Batting Average.285.294
   
On Base Pct.373.343
   
Slugging Pct.511.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.884.787
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Cubs mamanger David Ross confirmed Monday that Kris Bryant will still hit leadoff this season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 29th
 
 Cubs manager David Ross says he is committed to Kris Bryant as the team's leadoff hitter in 2020.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Feb 19th
 
 Following a sit down with Theo Epstein, Kris Bryant says he expects to remain with the Cubs for the 2020 season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Feb 19th
 
 Third baseman Kris Bryant lost his grievance against the Chicago Cubs in which he sought an extra year of service time, ensuring he won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Jan 29th
 
 Kris Bryant (ankle) and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $18.6 million deal Friday.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jan 10th
 
Notes 
 With Kris Bryant's profile, it's hard to justify taking him this high when there are guys who can give you the same production at the position later in the draft. The return to 31 home run was nice, yes, but his batted ball data points to that being the near-ceiling for Bryant in terms of home runs. For all of his accolades and loaded offenses that he's been in, he's only produced more than 100 RBIs once in his career.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Fool me once, right? Those who invested heavily in Whit Merrifield in 2019 were disappointed, as he failed to replicate the stolen base numbers that he gave you in 2018. He's a non-zero in power, but unless the steals return to 40-plus, which is unlikely for a 31-year-old, he's going to fail to give you the production that you want. There are better options at both second base and outfield that you can comfortably pass on Merrifield for.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Bryant is an excellent player, of course, but his fourth round ADP is a classic case of the name driving the price. He should hit .275 with 30 homers if he stays healthy, but you can find that out of Eddie Rosario and several others a few rounds later.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 One of my biggest fades this season. Advanced stats say he did not earn all of his HRs or his batting average, he has missed time each of the last two seasons, his SB upside is limited, and he he is in the middle of whirling trade rumors. Hard pass.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
SOME power and above average speed makes me more bullish on Merrifield than the consensus. Stolen bases are becoming more and more rare, but the Royals were second in SB in 2019. That enhances Merrifields stature in my rankings as well.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 appears due for BA regression
Al Melchior - The Athletic
His drop in SBs and SB success rate keeps him out of the top 5 2B for me this season. Safe pick at ADP as there is no real breakout potential.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy