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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
23 of 46 experts
50%
Recommended by
23 of 46 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 40
Best Rank# 21# 12
Worst Rank# 102# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 60# 47
Best Rank# 42# 41
Worst Rank# 70# 58
   
Projections 
   
Runs3132
Home Runs135
RBI3623
Stolen Bases08
Batting Average.261.292
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 27
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 47# 19
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 102# 12
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 42# 41
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 102# 41
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 41# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 43# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 38
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 49# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 31# 24
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 41# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 51# 32
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 43# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 45# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 50# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 75# 45
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 30
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 42# 27
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 48# 23
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 61# 42
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 47# 29
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 66# 36
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 21# 64
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 24# 34
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 32# 43
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 41
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 32# 93
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 33# 38
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 46
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 35# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 35# 50
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 37# 48
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 40# 70
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 40# 48
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 41# 52
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 48
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 42# 55
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 43# 45
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 44# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 44# 59
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 47# 63
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 47# 69
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 48# 127
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 49# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 55# 64
   
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
   
Runs3132
   
Hits5265
   
Singles2843
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs135
   
RBI3623
   
Stolen Bases08
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks2316
   
Strikeouts5841
   
Batting Average.261.292
   
On Base Pct.339.341
   
Slugging Pct.508.442
   
On-base Plus Slugging.847.783
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Matt Olson went 0-for-2 with a walk in Thursday’s match up with the Dodgers. He is hitting .125 with a .550 OPS so far this spring.
Aaron Hudson
Fri, Mar 6th
 
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
 After two years of a low BABIP, Olson's BA finally jumped to .267. It isn't probable he will offer more than that but fantasy owners know 50 HRs and 120 RBIs is truly within reach if he doesn't miss a full month this season.
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
 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