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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Brandon Lowe (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
41 of 43 experts
5%
Recommended by
2 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 48
Best Rank# 17# 34
Worst Rank# 66# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 70
Best Rank# 30# 61
Worst Rank# 62# 93
   
Projections 
   
Runs8991
Home Runs1235
RBI6591
Stolen Bases297
Batting Average.281.251
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 56
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 50
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 26# 49
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 31# 53
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 47
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 56
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 37# 89
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 37# 47
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 49
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 54
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 50
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 20# 52
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 68
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 48
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 44
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 45# 78
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 39
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 21# 45
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 27# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 47
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 40
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 44
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 44
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 27# 52
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 47
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 36
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 67
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 59
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 62
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 23# 45
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 51
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 36# 45
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 46# 72
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 25# 39
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 23# 48
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 36# 58
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 37
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 20# 43
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 47
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 41
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 45# 34
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 57# 46
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats664535
   
Runs9797
   
Hits183132
   
Singles12862
   
Doubles4231
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs1039
   
RBI7499
   
Stolen Bases407
   
Caught Stealing41
   
Walks4068
   
Strikeouts103167
   
Batting Average.276.247
   
On Base Pct.315.340
   
Slugging Pct.393.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.708.863
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats609528
   
Runs8991
   
Hits171133
   
Singles12067
   
Doubles3628
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1235
   
RBI6591
   
Stolen Bases297
   
Caught Stealing61
   
Walks3964
   
Strikeouts97166
   
Batting Average.281.251
   
On Base Pct.324.332
   
Slugging Pct.411.502
   
On-base Plus Slugging.734.834
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Brandon Lowe
2B,LF,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
News 
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Kansas City's 5-3 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Luke Monaldo
Mon, Jun 27th
Brandon Lowe (back) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday in Triple-A. The expectation is that he returns shortly after the All-Star break.
Vince DiSilvio
Wed, Jul 6th
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Kansas City’s 5-1 win in Oakland on Friday.
Luke Monaldo
Sat, Jun 18th
Brandon Lowe has started to take batting practice.
Ari Koslow
Tue, Jun 28th
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Kansas City’s 6-2 loss in San Francisco on Monday.
Luke Monaldo
Tue, Jun 14th
Brandon Lowe took dry swings on Friday as he works his way back from a stress reaction in his back. He was placed on the injured list on May 16.
Devon Bruce
Sat, Jun 11th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Kansas City’s 6-4 loss to Baltimore on Saturday.
Luke Monaldo
Sun, Jun 12th
Rays 2B Brandon Lowe has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his lower back. He will be held out of baseball activities for three weeks and then be re-evaluated.
Vince DiSilvio
Tue, May 17th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Kansas City’s 8-4 win against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Luke Monaldo
Wed, Jun 8th
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Brandon Lowe will officially be placed on the IL on Monday as he deals with a back issue.
Josh Thiessen
Mon, May 16th
Notes 
 This late bloomer has been fantasy gold for the last five years. Merrifield stole 40 bases last season at age 32. Durability is a big plus: Merrifield hasn't missed a game in the last three years. But there are some worrisome signs of slippage. His line drive rate has been steadily dropping over the last few seasons, and he hit only two home runs last season from July 1 on. Merrifield has been a terrific value for years, but it's possible he'll be slightly overpriced in 2022 drafts.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
In 2021, Lowe became a full-time player for the first time in his career and responded with 39 HRs, 99 RBI and 97 runs. He batted only .247 last year and struck out 167 times in 615 plate appearances. Lowe has also struggled against lefties throughout his career. But Lowe's first-half/second-half splits were eye-opening. He was batting .208 at the All-Star break; Lowe batted .292 after the break and dramatically reduced his strikeout rate without sacrificing any power. If the second-half adjustments stick, Lowe might actually be able to improve upon his breakout season.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros