Who Should I Draft?

Kris Bryant or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kris Bryant
3B,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
45 of 56 experts
20%
Recommended by
11 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 29
Best Rank# 6# 19
Worst Rank# 37# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 33# 32
Best Rank# 26# 29
Worst Rank# 34# 36
   
Projections 
   
Runs9785
Home Runs2814
RBI8765
Stolen Bases634
Batting Average.281.287
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 18# 34
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 29
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 26# 30
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 14# 27
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 9# 36
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 20# 27
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 23# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 17# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 26# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 23# 26
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 27# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 21# 119
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 22# 50
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 7# 77
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 28# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 23# 28
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 21# 24
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 28# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 6# 49
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 29
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 23# 25
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 21# 25
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 21# 25
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 13# 29
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 16# 30
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 21# 30
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 27# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 22# 28
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 23# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 27
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 26# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 30
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 20# 23
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 18# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 17# 25
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 20# 28
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 13# 30
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 20# 34
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 21# 22
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 22# 23
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 21# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 20
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 26# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 25
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 28# 23
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 29# 19
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 31# 27
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 31# 24
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 32# 23
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 33# 26
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 35# 23
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 37# 23
   
  Kris Bryant
3B,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats389632
   
Runs5988
   
Hits106192
   
Singles62134
   
Doubles2843
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs1312
   
RBI5260
   
Stolen Bases245
   
Caught Stealing410
   
Walks4861
   
Strikeouts107114
   
Batting Average.273.304
   
On Base Pct.374.367
   
Slugging Pct.460.438
   
On-base Plus Slugging.834.806
   
  Kris Bryant
3B,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats552596
   
Runs9785
   
Hits155171
   
Singles88116
   
Doubles3538
   
Triples44
   
Home Runs2814
   
RBI8765
   
Stolen Bases634
   
Caught Stealing49
   
Walks7747
   
Strikeouts140104
   
Batting Average.281.287
   
On Base Pct.369.339
   
Slugging Pct.510.432
   
On-base Plus Slugging.879.771
   
  Kris Bryant
3B,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 15th
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
 Kris Bryant went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks, and two runs scored in the Cubs' 7-3 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 14th
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
 Rogers reports that Bryant will miss Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies with a right ankle injury.
James Bisson
Mon, Jun 10th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 10th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 9th
 Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Cubs' 6-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 4th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in an 8-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 5th
Notes 
 Bryant missed 60 games last year and had his least efficient season of his career by quite a bit. There is some risk in drafting Bryant in the 3rd round, but he also comes with 40 homer upside, a batting average near .300 and both 100+ runs and RBIs
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
 Bryant appeared to be on the verge of establishing himself as a perennial first round fantasy pick following his MVP 2016 season. Then his home run total dropped from 39 to 29 in 2017, but it seemed like an outlier as his production remained otherwise excellent. But the bottom really fell out last season, as Bryant struggled through a shoulder injury while producing a paltry 13 homers over 102 games. Bryant's strikeout rate grew and his hard contact rate declined, but he simply wasn't healthy -- he was actually off to a strong start before suffering the injury in mid-May. Bryant has pronounced himself fully healthy, and the fact the injury was a bone bruise rather than ligament damage is reason to believe he can make a full recovery. It wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see him rocket back into the first round of fantasy drafts by this time next year.
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
 Everyone kept waiting for Bryant to turn the corner last season. They're still waiting. He hit a pedestrian .272/.374/.460 and continued a concerning power slide with 13 homers. The former MVP, who is only 27, was dealing with a shoulder injury. He could easily bounce back and deliver near first-round value, but drafters won't receive much of a discount at his third-round going rate. It's a fair price given his batting average and power upside, but the lack of speed and health certainty makes him far from a lock.
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