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Who Should I Draft?

Marcell Ozuna or Whit Merrifield (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Marcell Ozuna
LF,DH - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
42 of 50 experts
16%
Recommended by
8 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 28
Best Rank# 13# 16
Worst Rank# 42# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 42# 41
Best Rank# 29# 28
Worst Rank# 43# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs8990
Home Runs3416
RBI11068
Stolen Bases525
Batting Average.285.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 37
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 26
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 24
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 16# 17
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 26# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 39# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 15# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 20# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 23# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 21# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 23# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 19# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 24# 29
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 24# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 20# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 22# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 25# 29
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 22# 29
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 22# 28
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 30# 33
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 23# 26
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 22# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 19# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 24# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 25# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 16# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 17# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 26# 32
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 15# 24
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 23# 26
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 24# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 24# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 13# 38
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 19# 29
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 16# 21
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 20# 16
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 25# 24
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 23
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 29# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 29# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 29# 28
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 34# 33
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 42# 25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Marcell Ozuna
LF,DH - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats228248
   
Runs3838
   
Hits7671
   
Singles4450
   
Doubles1412
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs189
   
RBI5631
   
Stolen Bases012
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks3812
   
Strikeouts6033
   
Batting Average.333.286
   
On Base Pct.427.328
   
Slugging Pct.632.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.059.772
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Marcell Ozuna
LF,DH - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats564614
   
Runs8990
   
Hits159174
   
Singles96118
   
Doubles2735
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs3416
   
RBI11068
   
Stolen Bases525
   
Caught Stealing28
   
Walks6742
   
Strikeouts137107
   
Batting Average.285.285
   
On Base Pct.361.332
   
Slugging Pct.519.435
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.767
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Marcell Ozuna
LF,DH - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-4 with two singles, two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Cubs.
Steve Painter
Sun, Apr 18th
Whit Merrifield went 0-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases during Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 18th
 Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-3 with a single and two RBI in Saturday's game against the Cubs.
Steve Painter
Sat, Apr 17th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Angels.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 14th
 Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-5 with an RBI in Friday's game against the Cubs.
Steve Painter
Fri, Apr 16th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, one walk and one stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 11th
 Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with two singles, a two-run homer, three RBI, and two runs scored in Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Steve Painter
Tue, Apr 13th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and one walk in Monday’s 3-0 win over the Indians.
Brad Camara
Mon, Apr 5th
 Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-4 with his first RBI of the season against the Marlins on Monday.
Steve Painter
Tue, Apr 13th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, four RBI and an additional run scored in Saturday’s 11-4 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Apr 3rd
Notes 
 Ozuna nearly won the National League triple crown last season. After back-to-back years of under performing his peripherals, Ozuna finally erupted with a monster fantasy campaign. He's now back with the Braves and projects as one of the safest power bats in the early rounds of 2021 drafts.
Brendan Tuma - 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
 Ozuna had a career year with the Braves last year, slashing .338/.431/.636, a career best in each category. His 18 home runs and 56 RBI led the National League, while his barrel rate, average exit velocity, and hard hit rate were all among the best in baseball. Given that he had shoulder surgery before the 2018 season, it's fair to assume that he needed two full years to recover. And although perhaps we can't expect him to again lead the league in power categories, you should expect roughly a 35-homer, 100-RBI season with a plus batting average. That makes him capable of being your first outfielder in mixed leagues and an asset to any fantasy team.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros