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Who Should I Draft?

Paul Goldschmidt or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
25 of 45 experts
44%
Recommended by
20 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 38# 42
Best Rank# 21# 13
Worst Rank# 71# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 67# 47
Best Rank# 49# 41
Worst Rank# 80# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3433
Home Runs125
RBI3424
Stolen Bases28
Batting Average.280.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 33# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 48# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 34# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 38# 48
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 39# 63
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 39# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 42
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 71# 127
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 21# 24
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 56# 69
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 38# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 34# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 45# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 45# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 40# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 42# 50
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 35# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 46# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 35# 42
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 61# 93
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 13
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 34# 27
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 28
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 36# 19
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 38# 37
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 39# 36
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 39# 35
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 41# 39
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 41# 36
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 43# 25
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 44# 43
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 41
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 45# 30
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 46# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 47# 36
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 41
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 49# 32
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 53# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 55# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 58# 55
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats597681
   
Runs97105
   
Hits155206
   
Singles95139
   
Doubles2541
   
Triples110
   
Home Runs3416
   
RBI9774
   
Stolen Bases320
   
Caught Stealing110
   
Walks7845
   
Strikeouts166126
   
Batting Average.260.303
   
On Base Pct.346.348
   
Slugging Pct.476.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.821.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats203222
   
Runs3433
   
Hits5765
   
Singles3444
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs125
   
RBI3424
   
Stolen Bases28
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks3017
   
Strikeouts5841
   
Batting Average.280.294
   
On Base Pct.372.343
   
Slugging Pct.502.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.874.787
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Paul Goldschmidt told reporters that his elbow is 100 percent healthy now.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 4th
 
 Paul Goldschmidt (elbow) continues to go to the Cardinals' spring training complex to receive treatment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 17th
 
 Paul Goldschmidt is dealing with right elbow soreness and will be out of the Grapefruit League lineup for at least "a couple of days," said St.Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.
Brad Camara
Wed, Mar 11th
 
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday's 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Astros.
Brad Camara
Tue, Mar 3rd
 
 Paul Goldschmidt has been dealing with a sore right elbow since just before spring workouts began. This has limited his ability to throw, but he says he's been feeling better lately.
Blaine Blontz
Fri, Feb 21st
 
Notes 
 What set Paul Goldschmidt apart from the other first basemen for years were his steals. Over the past four years, his stolen base totals have dropped from 32 to 18, to 7, to 3 last year. He had 34 home runs, which were nice, but he also had his lowest triple-slash line since his rookie year in 2011. He'll still give you production at a shallow position, but this isn't going to be a gradual decline with Goldschmidt.
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
 Goldschmidt's batting average may have dipped thanks to a slow start but he finished with 30+ homers for the third consecutive season and very nearly went for 100 runs and 100 RBIs. More than likely, that batting average will end up north of .280 again too which would make him a steal at the end of the fifth round.
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
 His production has been on a steady decline over the past three years as he has gotten older, and that is not something I plan on buying into in the 5th round.
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
 better in points
Frank Stampfl - RotoExperts
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