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Who Should I Draft?

Tim Anderson or Whit Merrifield (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
34 of 50 experts
32%
Recommended by
16 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 28
Best Rank# 15# 16
Worst Rank# 44# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 45# 41
Best Rank# 41# 28
Worst Rank# 53# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs9390
Home Runs2216
RBI7068
Stolen Bases1825
Batting Average.289.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 26
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 19# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 25# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 42# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 27# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 25# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 29# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 17# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 21# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 19# 29
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 19# 56
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 22# 29
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 26# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 28# 33
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 26
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 23# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 24# 29
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 23# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 22# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 27# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 32
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 20# 24
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 25# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 28# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 24# 38
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 28# 29
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 21# 16
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 22# 21
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 25# 23
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 27# 17
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 30# 28
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 30# 24
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 31# 25
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 28
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 30
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 32# 28
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 26
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 34# 28
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 37
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 42# 33
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 44# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats208248
   
Runs4538
   
Hits6771
   
Singles4550
   
Doubles1112
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs109
   
RBI2131
   
Stolen Bases512
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks1012
   
Strikeouts5033
   
Batting Average.322.286
   
On Base Pct.358.328
   
Slugging Pct.529.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.886.772
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596614
   
Runs9390
   
Hits171174
   
Singles114118
   
Doubles3235
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs2216
   
RBI7068
   
Stolen Bases1825
   
Caught Stealing58
   
Walks2742
   
Strikeouts141107
   
Batting Average.289.285
   
On Base Pct.320.332
   
Slugging Pct.464.435
   
On-base Plus Slugging.784.767
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Tim Anderson went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Reds.
Brad Camara
Wed, May 5th
Whit Merrifield went 1-for-2 with three walks, a run scored and a pair of stolen bases during Tuesday's 7-3 loss to Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Wed, May 5th
 Tim Anderson went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Saturday's 7-3 win over Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 1st
Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk during Monday’s 8-6 loss to Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Tue, May 4th
 Tim Anderson went 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and two stolen bases in Friday's 5-3 loss to Cleveland.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 1st
Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday’s 11-3 win over the Twins.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 1st
 Tim Anderson went 1-for-3 with two walks and one run scored during Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Tigers.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 28th
Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s 9-1 loss to the Twins.
Brad Camara
Sat, May 1st
 Tim Anderson went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Friday's 9-7 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Apr 24th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with one RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases during Sunday’s 4-0 win over the Tigers.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 25th
Notes 
 Anderson doesn't seem like he should be that valuable in fantasy. He doesn't have a ton of power, he rarely walks, and his quality of contact is nothing to write home about. But he's hit .335 and .322 the last two seasons, and although both numbers significantly surpass his xBA, it's clear that Anderson is going to be a plus value in that category. He won't excel in any other area, but he will chip in about 20 homers and 15-20 steals which, along with his batting average, makes him an excellent value given that his ADP is always in check.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros