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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Blake Snell (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
39 of 56 experts
30%
Recommended by
17 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 44
Best Rank# 20# 23
Worst Rank# 82# 98
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 41# 43
Best Rank# 28# 36
Worst Rank# 44# 49
   
Projections 
   
Runs90
Home Runs1619
RBI68
Stolen Bases25
Batting Avg.285
Strikeouts107188
Wins11
Saves0
ERA3.43
WHIP1.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 55
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 55
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 37# 64
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 20# 83
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 52# 60
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 34# 37
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 41# 44
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 30# 45
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 37# 75
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 41# 43
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 39# 45
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 45
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 40# 47
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 50
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 42# 48
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 40# 49
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 41# 48
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 40# 48
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 42# 53
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 41# 43
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 37# 46
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 37# 38
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 37# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 41# 48
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 42# 46
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 51
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 45
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 40# 57
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 46# 48
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 45# 50
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 32# 98
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 26# 48
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 34
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 49# 53
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 42# 46
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 34# 48
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 42# 46
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 34# 50
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 33# 55
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 38# 37
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 42# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 42
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 44# 43
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 45# 25
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 46# 27
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 47# 31
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 48# 40
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 23
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 41
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 56# 52
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 56# 34
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 57# 49
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 60# 46
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 60# 39
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 80# 51
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 82# 28
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs38
   
Home Runs910
   
RBI31
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Batting Avg.286
   
Strikeouts3363
   
Wins4
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.24
   
WHIP1.20
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs90
   
Home Runs1619
   
RBI68
   
Stolen Bases25
   
Batting Avg.285
   
Strikeouts107188
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.43
   
WHIP1.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Blake Snell
SP - SD
Blake Snell
News 
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a walk and a RBI single during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Oct 2nd
Blake Snell was placed on the injured list with a left adductor strain.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Sep 16th
 Whit Merrifield went 0-for-2 with two RBI during Friday's 3-1 win over the Tigers.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Sep 25th
Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell left Sunday's game with tightness in his left adductor. He left after 11 pitches with a clean 2/3 innings pitched
Corbin Young
Sun, Sep 12th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-1 loss in Cleveland.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 22nd
Blake Snell pitched a masterful game, not allowing a single base runner for the first six innings. He then gave up a two walks and a hit in the seventh to lose not only the perfect game but also the no-hitter.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 8th
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a RBI during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 15th
Blake Snell went seven innings on Tuesday, allowing just two walks while striking out 10 batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Wed, Sep 1st
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored during Wednesday's 9-8 loss in Baltimore.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 9th
Blake Snell finished the day pitching 7.2 innings, only allowing one earned run on three hits while tallying up 10 strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Thu, Aug 26th
Notes 
 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
Snell moves to the Padres fresh off a solid year, in which he pitched to a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, with a memorable early exit in the World Series. Snell has a checkered injury history and has pitched just 157 innings over the past two years, so don't expect him to be a big innings-eater in 2021. And, although he'll escape the dreaded AL East, he'll get a downgrade in park and defense, which largely makes the move a neutral one. All that said, Snell has plenty of talent as he's shown throughout his career, and should be able to pile up wins and strikeouts pitching for a strong Padres team. Draft him as an SP2 with upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Blake Snell made 16 starts in 2020, including the playoffs, and didn't finish six innings in any of them. In fact, the lefty hasn't completed six innings since July 21st, 2019. This is a killer for fantasy leagues that use quality starts as a category, but Snell still has the skills to be useful for fantasy purposes. If he had the innings to qualify then Snell would have the second-best swinging strike rate among starters since the beginning of '19. Perhaps the Padres will allow him to pitch deeper into starts. This could be a case of efficiency meeting added volume, which usually equates to fantasy goodness.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros