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Who Should I Draft?

Matt Olson or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
26 of 52 experts
50%
Recommended by
26 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 43# 46
Best Rank# 19# 12
Worst Rank# 102# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 61# 49
Best Rank# 42# 41
Worst Rank# 71# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3032
Home Runs135
RBI3624
Stolen Bases08
Batting Average.258.290
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 44# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 47# 26
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 47# 19
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 102# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 42# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 100# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 41# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 37
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 87# 55
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 39# 36
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 38
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 49# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 44# 40
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 41# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 51# 32
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 45# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 50# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 50# 46
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 80# 45
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 49# 36
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 42# 27
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 48# 25
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 61# 42
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 47# 29
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 68# 36
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 19# 69
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 21# 64
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 24# 30
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 25# 83
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 31# 36
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 32# 43
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 41
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 32# 93
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 32# 84
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 33# 49
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 54
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 35# 47
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 66
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 37# 48
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 39# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 40# 61
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 40# 48
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 48
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 42# 59
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 42# 59
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 44# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 61
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 46# 55
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 48# 127
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 48# 74
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 59# 60
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats483681
   
Runs73105
   
Hits129206
   
Singles67139
   
Doubles2641
   
Triples010
   
Home Runs3616
   
RBI9174
   
Stolen Bases020
   
Caught Stealing010
   
Walks5145
   
Strikeouts138126
   
Batting Average.267.303
   
On Base Pct.351.348
   
Slugging Pct.545.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.896.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats198221
   
Runs3032
   
Hits5164
   
Singles2843
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs135
   
RBI3624
   
Stolen Bases08
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks2416
   
Strikeouts5841
   
Batting Average.258.290
   
On Base Pct.337.339
   
Slugging Pct.505.439
   
On-base Plus Slugging.841.778
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in the A's 9-7 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 7th
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
 Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored, and a walk as the A's fell to the Astros 10-5 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Monday.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Oct 5th
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
 Matt Olson went a combined 3-for-6 with three singles in Oakland's doubleheader against the Mariners on Saturday.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Sep 27th
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
 Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and three strikeouts as the A's blanked the Giants 6-0 on Friday.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Sep 19th
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
 Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two strikeouts in the A's 3-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 16th
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
Notes 
 Remember when a broken hamate bone was supposed to zap power? Matt Olson laughed at that notion, as he still hit 36 home runs last season after suffering the injury in the first week of the season. Olson is a popular target in the industry, and it makes sense, given his job security, power, and production. There are concerns about his home ballpark and his numbers against lefties, but if you miss out on the first wave of first basemen, this is your last chance to grab a true contender to finish top three at the position.
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
 If chasing upside, I prefer Olson to Rizzo. If Olson stays healthy, I can see a HR title type year.
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
 Hit 36 homers in just 127 games last year
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
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
  A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros