Who Should I Draft?

Starling Marte or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
39 of 56 experts
30%
Recommended by
17 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 29
Best Rank# 11# 19
Worst Rank# 71# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 37# 32
Best Rank# 34# 29
Worst Rank# 40# 36
   
Projections 
   
Runs8185
Home Runs1814
RBI6865
Stolen Bases3334
Batting Average.282.287
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 26# 34
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 29
   
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# 24# 30
   
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# 22# 27
   
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USA Today
# 24# 27
   
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Razzball
# 30# 49
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 25# 35
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 22# 26
   
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The Athletic
# 23# 54
   
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Beast Dome
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The Athletic
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Yahoo! Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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# 26# 30
   
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# 25# 30
   
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# 27# 33
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 32
   
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# 20# 19
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 20
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 24# 23
   
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Fantrax
# 24# 22
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 25# 24
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 26# 23
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 24
   
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The Athletic
# 28# 25
   
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Fake Teams
# 29# 25
   
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Freeze Stats
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CBS Sports
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# 32# 26
   
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Brewer Rat
# 34# 33
   
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Fake Teams
# 35# 23
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 42# 36
   
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# 54# 23
   
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Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 71# 25
   
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats559632
   
Runs8188
   
Hits155192
   
Singles98134
   
Doubles3243
   
Triples53
   
Home Runs2012
   
RBI7260
   
Stolen Bases3345
   
Caught Stealing1410
   
Walks3561
   
Strikeouts109114
   
Batting Average.277.304
   
On Base Pct.327.367
   
Slugging Pct.460.438
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.806
   
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats558596
   
Runs8185
   
Hits157171
   
Singles107116
   
Doubles3038
   
Triples54
   
Home Runs1814
   
RBI6865
   
Stolen Bases3334
   
Caught Stealing119
   
Walks3447
   
Strikeouts110104
   
Batting Average.282.287
   
On Base Pct.323.339
   
Slugging Pct.445.432
   
On-base Plus Slugging.769.771
   
  Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Starling Marte went 2-for-6 with a homer and a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Jun 13th
Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
 Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the Pirates' 13-7 loss to the Braves on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 11th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
 Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a single in the Pirates' 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
 Starling Marte went 4-for-7 with a three-run home run in the Pirates' 12-10 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a stolen base, an RBI, and three runs scored in the Pirates' 9-4 win over the Brewers on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 1st
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 9th
Notes 
 Marte bounced back from his 2017 suspension season with another big year. He stolen 33 bases, knocked 20 homers and batted a quality .277. While he may not swipe 45 bags anymore, that power/speed combo makes him well worth a fourth round pick in standard leagues
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 With 30+ steals in five of the last six seasons and a batting average that is generally more useful than his on-base percentage, Marte is the definition of a roto league specialist. He also hit a career-high 20 home runs last season, and while that may be close to his ceiling for power, last season's .277 average is on the low end of what you can expect from him. While his HRs and average have fluctuated a bit from year to year, Marte has consistently been a top-50 player in standard 5x5 formats, and he should be so again in 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 The only players to bat at least .275 with 20 homers and 30 steals last season: Mookie Betts and Starling Marte. Lower the steals query to 20, and they're joined by Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich, Trevor Story, and Javier Baez. Only one of those guys frequently lasts beyond the third round. Marte will struggle to repeat that career-high in homers given his ground-ball tendencies, but he has swiped at least 30 bags in each of his last five full seasons. (He stole 21 in 77 games in 2017.) Don't worry too much about his poor walk rate in five-by-five leagues.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
  Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros