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Who Should I Draft?

Luis Robert or Whit Merrifield (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Luis Robert
CF - CWS
Luis Robert
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
37 of 51 experts
27%
Recommended by
14 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 29
Best Rank# 11# 16
Worst Rank# 74# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 39# 41
Best Rank# 34# 28
Worst Rank# 48# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs8590
Home Runs2816
RBI8368
Stolen Bases2225
Batting Average.253.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 16# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 28
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 28# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 23# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 26# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 18# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 32# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 25# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 29
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 27# 28
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 20# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 31# 42
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 26# 29
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 28# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 11# 33
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 24
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 20# 26
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 23# 30
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 27# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 24# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 27# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 20# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 30# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 29# 32
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 28# 33
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 26# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 31# 38
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 27# 29
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 21# 17
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 25# 24
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 27# 25
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 29# 26
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 30# 23
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 30# 28
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 30# 28
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 31# 21
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 34# 24
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 34# 25
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 34# 16
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 40# 29
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 74# 56
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Luis Robert
CF - CWS
Luis Robert
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats202248
   
Runs3338
   
Hits4771
   
Singles2850
   
Doubles812
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs119
   
RBI3131
   
Stolen Bases912
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks2012
   
Strikeouts7333
   
Batting Average.233.286
   
On Base Pct.302.328
   
Slugging Pct.436.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.738.772
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Luis Robert
CF - CWS
Luis Robert
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats554614
   
Runs8590
   
Hits140174
   
Singles82118
   
Doubles2635
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs2816
   
RBI8368
   
Stolen Bases2225
   
Caught Stealing78
   
Walks4342
   
Strikeouts176107
   
Batting Average.253.285
   
On Base Pct.307.332
   
Slugging Pct.465.435
   
On-base Plus Slugging.772.767
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Luis Robert
CF - CWS
Luis Robert
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Luis Robert was 2-for-5 in Tuesday's loss, driving in two runs with a single while also hitting a double later in the game.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-1 loss in Cleveland.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 22nd
 Luis Robert went 4-for-5 on Saturday with three doubles as well as a single. He'd score once and tally three RBIs on the day.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 12th
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a RBI during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 15th
 Luis Robert was 2-for-6 with two singles in Chicago's win over Oakland on Tuesday. He also scored a run.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 8th
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored during Wednesday's 9-8 loss in Baltimore.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 9th
 Luis Robert went 4-for-5 on Saturday, hitting a solo homer in the first inning and following that up with three singles. He'd score three runs in total on the game while also tallying an RBI.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 5th
White Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI during Sunday's 6-0 win over the White Sox.
Andy Zimmerman
Sun, Sep 5th
 Luis Robert actually tallied two hits in the game, going 2-for-5 on the day with a single and the aforementioned double.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Sep 2nd
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo home run during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Mariners.
Andy Zimmerman
Sun, Aug 29th
Notes 
 Robert's production was pretty much what it was cracked up to be in terms of his power and speed, but his .233 batting average was a little hard to stomach. He struck out way too much (32.2% of the time, bottom 6% of the league), and just didn't make hard enough contact consistently to keep his average above water. But Robert will be just 24 years old this season, so there's plenty of room for growth in that area. That's particularly true given that Robert was a career .312 hitter in the minors and .314 in Cuba. Even if he was a batting average drain, which you shouldn't expect, given that he was on a roughly 30-25 full-season pace last year, fantasy managers should be able to stomach it. Draft him as a borderline first outfielder in fantasy leagues and reap the rewards.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Luis Robert signed a long-term extension with the White Sox and has the upside to leap to superstardom in 2021. He slashed .233/.302/.406 with 10 home runs and nine stolen bases across 225 plate appearances. If it weren't for a rough September, Robert was well on his way to finishing as a top-20 player. His tools are off the chart and he will bat in the middle of a loaded White Sox lineup. Everything is lined up for Robert to bust out if he can put it all together in 2021.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros
 
 Robert came out of the gate like a rocket before hitting just .136/.237/.173 in September. The concern entering 2021 is that pitchers have figured out the book on Robert. While he was doing damage in July and August, Robert was swinging at everything thrown his way. Eventually, pitchers stopped giving him chances. The issue is Robert kept swinging. Baseball is a game of adjustments and it's now on him to adjust back. The talent and skills are here. Even it comes with a weak batting average, Robert has enough power/speed upside to remain fantasy relevant amid slumps. Similar to Adalbero Mondesi, consider Robert a very volatile player in drafts.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros