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Who Should I Draft?

Lucas Giolito or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
32 of 55 experts
42%
Recommended by
23 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 59
Best Rank# 15# 34
Worst Rank# 175# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 52
Best Rank# 41# 44
Worst Rank# 59# 64
   
Projections 
   
Runs32
Home Runs510
RBI24
Stolen Bases8
Batting Avg.290
Strikeouts4179
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.95
WHIP1.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 47# 61
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 54
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 61
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 24# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 66# 69
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 15# 121
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 38# 43
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 56# 62
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 89
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 65# 127
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 46# 59
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 56# 63
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 78# 106
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 48# 61
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 57
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 41# 67
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 38# 102
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 53# 67
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 50# 62
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 41# 61
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 65# 78
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 47# 65
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 50# 59
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 61# 66
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 63
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 74# 80
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 53# 65
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 73
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 34# 61
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 59# 79
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 40# 66
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 56# 78
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 34
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 83# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 76# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 80# 39
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 82# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 97# 40
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 68# 45
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 175# 45
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 129# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 46
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 51# 46
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 53# 48
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 84# 48
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 65# 49
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 86# 50
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 64# 51
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 56# 55
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 126# 57
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 67# 58
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 66# 61
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 64# 63
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 80# 67
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 96# 68
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs105
   
Home Runs1624
   
RBI74
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Batting Avg.303
   
Strikeouts126228
   
Wins14
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.41
   
WHIP1.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs32
   
Home Runs510
   
RBI24
   
Stolen Bases8
   
Batting Avg.290
   
Strikeouts4179
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.95
   
WHIP1.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lucas Giolito
SP - CWS
Lucas Giolito
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a run and a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 26th
Lucas Giolito grabbed the win in Game 1 of Chicago's Wild Card series on Tuesday when he allowed just one run on two hits while striking out eight and walking one as the White Sox took down the A's 4-1.
Jon Mathisen
Tue, Sep 29th
 Kansas City outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a run and a steal in an 8-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 25th
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed two runs over six innings in a 3-2 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday. Giolito struck out 11 and walked three in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Sep 22nd
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito turned in a quality start in a 5-1 loss to the Twins on Wednesday. Giolito allowed three runs over six innings while striking out four and walking three.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two runs and two steals in a 4-0 win over Detroit on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 4-3 win over the Tigers on Friday. Giolito struck out seven and walked four.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 12th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double and a steal in a 6-0 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 16th
Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed three runs over six innings in a 5-3 win over the Royals on Saturday. He struck out nine on the way to his fourth win.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 6th
Notes 
 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
There's a reason that you hear fantasy analysts say that you should target post-hype players: baseball is hard, man, and it takes time for players to fully figure it out. With his prospect pedigree, it took longer than most thought for Lucas Giolito to figure things out. But boy did he ever in 2019, with his 25-start dominating stretch to end the season. He looked like a totally different pitcher - but one who mowed down the league. Hitters are more often to click sooner than pitchers are in the big leagues, and if you look at his peripherals, there's not much to question about Giolito's breakout performance. As long as he keeps his increased velocity on his fastball, he'll continue to be a solid SP2 for fantasy managers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 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
Giolito earned every bit of his breakout season, putting up an ERA that we nearly identical to his FIP and xFIP and a major gain in control. Most impressive for Giolito was his ability to limit contact on pitches in the strike zone - just 77.3%, second best in MLB behind Gerrit Cole. His raw stuff is elite, and another fantastic season should follow in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 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
2019 breakout can be attributed to an uptick in velocity and an improved changeup. Can he do it again?
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros