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Who Should I Draft?

Ozzie Albies or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
36 of 45 experts
20%
Recommended by
9 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 41
Best Rank# 18# 13
Worst Rank# 54# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 37# 47
Best Rank# 31# 41
Worst Rank# 39# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3533
Home Runs85
RBI2924
Stolen Bases58
Batting Average.287.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 28
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 26# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 33# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 24# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 22# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 27# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 30# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 22# 42
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 42
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 32# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 20# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 20# 127
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 27# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 27# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 32# 69
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 29# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 25# 39
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 23# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 19# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 34# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 18# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 21# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 22# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 30# 50
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 30# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 24# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 21# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 26# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 20# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 22# 93
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 23# 19
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 31# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 30
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 41# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 34
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 43# 13
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 43# 24
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 44# 25
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 54# 31
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats640681
   
Runs102105
   
Hits189206
   
Singles114139
   
Doubles4341
   
Triples810
   
Home Runs2416
   
RBI8674
   
Stolen Bases1520
   
Caught Stealing410
   
Walks5445
   
Strikeouts112126
   
Batting Average.295.303
   
On Base Pct.352.348
   
Slugging Pct.500.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.852.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats219222
   
Runs3533
   
Hits6365
   
Singles3844
   
Doubles1414
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs85
   
RBI2924
   
Stolen Bases58
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks1717
   
Strikeouts3841
   
Batting Average.287.294
   
On Base Pct.339.343
   
Slugging Pct.485.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.824.787
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Ozzie Albies went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's game against the Twins.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 11th
 
 Ozzie Albies went 2-for-3 Tuesday against the Rays. So far this spring he is hitting .444.
Steve Painter
Tue, Mar 3rd
 
Notes 
 Even with youth on Albies' side, he's a rather boring pick here, but boring can be good - especially at the position. But, at a third-round cost, he doesn't really stand out in any category. You're banking on the .295 average being more legitimate than the .261 average in 2018 and hoping that he steals mid-teens bases again."
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
 Albies was remarkable last year with a .295 batting average to go with 24 homers, 15 steals and over 100 runs. He did all of that as a 22-year-old so you'd have to think there is room for even more growth in 2020. He is well worth a fourth-round pick at this point.
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
  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