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Who Should I Draft?

Manny Machado or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
26 of 45 experts
42%
Recommended by
19 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 41
Best Rank# 19# 13
Worst Rank# 82# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 58# 47
Best Rank# 40# 41
Worst Rank# 63# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3133
Home Runs125
RBI3624
Stolen Bases38
Batting Average.277.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 41# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 31# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 35# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 33# 63
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 42
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 42
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 42# 127
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 50# 69
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 35# 39
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 33# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 35# 48
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 39# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 35# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 27# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 50
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 32# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 41# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 42# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 26# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 39# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 42# 93
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 35# 29
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 39# 27
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 40# 19
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 40# 35
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 40# 37
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 24
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 42# 25
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 42# 36
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 30
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 42# 36
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 42# 31
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 43# 36
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 34
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 51# 38
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 56# 13
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 61# 60
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 65# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 82# 34
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats587681
   
Runs81105
   
Hits150206
   
Singles95139
   
Doubles2141
   
Triples210
   
Home Runs3216
   
RBI8574
   
Stolen Bases520
   
Caught Stealing310
   
Walks6545
   
Strikeouts128126
   
Batting Average.256.303
   
On Base Pct.334.348
   
Slugging Pct.462.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.796.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats213222
   
Runs3133
   
Hits5965
   
Singles3544
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs125
   
RBI3624
   
Stolen Bases38
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks2317
   
Strikeouts4341
   
Batting Average.277.294
   
On Base Pct.346.343
   
Slugging Pct.504.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.850.787
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Manny Machado singled on Monday in the Padres' 14-2 drubbing at the hands of the Dodgers.
Steven Boysko - The Leadoff Batter
Tue, Mar 10th
 
 Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Friday's 4-3 victory against Texas, dropping his spring average to .059.
Steven Boysko - The Leadoff Batter
Sat, Mar 7th
 
 Manny Machado played in his first spring game on Monday versus the Royals and wasted no time collecting his first home run.
Jarod Rupp
Tue, Feb 25th
 
Notes 
 You can't bank on the steals from Manny Machado anymore, and it's too hard to consider him an elite fantasy player after his well-known struggles out of Camden Yards. But you aren't paying for elite production here - you're paying for a bounce-back candidate who can give you first- to second-round production. The pressure is on the Padres' front office to win, so Machado is going to be surrounded by an even better offense in his second year in San Diego. Machado's 2019 was split into three good months and three really bad months. Bet on the talent in these situations ... at least for one more year.
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
 Machado now has five consecutive seasons with 30+ homers, 80+ runs and 80+ RBIs. Yes, he struggled last year in batting average but this is a durable player with a great floor and Round 1 upside should he decide to steal 15 bags again like we've seen a few times.
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 favorite picks at ADP this season (also one of my highest owned players). Has played the most games of all players over the last five years so there is zero injury concern. He is a lock for 30+ HRs, his average should revert back to near his career avg (.279), and should be able to let loose a bit more after pressing a bit his first season in SD. Sign me up.
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
  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