Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Carlos Correa (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Carlos Correa
SS - HOU
Carlos Correa
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
36 of 56 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 33
Best Rank# 19# 14
Worst Rank# 119# 76
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 44
Best Rank# 29# 35
Worst Rank# 36# 48
   
Projections 
   
Runs8584
Home Runs1424
RBI6592
Stolen Bases345
Batting Average.287.273
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 39
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 30
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 32
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 39
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 32
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 34
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 56
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 36
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 76
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 34
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 30
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 27
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 59
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 36
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 58
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 61
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 34
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 39
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 35
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 63
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 39
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 33
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 37
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 34
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 35
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 37
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 41
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 49
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 34
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 33
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 47
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 21
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 22
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 23
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 24
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 26
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 28
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 29
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 21
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 29
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 30
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 19
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 35
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 33
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 31
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 29
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 14
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 32
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Carlos Correa
SS - HOU
Carlos Correa
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632402
   
Runs8860
   
Hits19296
   
Singles13460
   
Doubles4320
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1215
   
RBI6065
   
Stolen Bases453
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks6153
   
Strikeouts114111
   
Batting Average.304.239
   
On Base Pct.367.323
   
Slugging Pct.438.406
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.728
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Carlos Correa
SS - HOU
Carlos Correa
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596532
   
Runs8584
   
Hits171145
   
Singles11689
   
Doubles3830
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1424
   
RBI6592
   
Stolen Bases345
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks4767
   
Strikeouts104126
   
Batting Average.287.273
   
On Base Pct.339.354
   
Slugging Pct.432.472
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.826
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Carlos Correa
SS - HOU
Carlos Correa
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Indians on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 25th
Carlos Correa is reportedly out 3-4 weeks with a cracked rib.
Dan Harris
Wed, May 29th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 23rd
Carlos Correa is absent from Tuesday's lineup versus the Cubs due to rib soreness.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield had a monster game in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday. Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a walk, three singles, one RBI, and one run scored on Saturday against Boston.
Kamran Hoda
Sun, May 26th
 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
Carlos Correa went 2-for-4 with a double, single, one RBI, and one run scored on Wednesday against the White Sox.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, May 22nd
 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
Carlos Correa went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and one run scored on Sunday against Boston.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, May 20th
Notes 
 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
Correa has missed a significant chunk of time in each of the past two seasons, and while he struggled in 2018, don't forget that he is still just 24 years old and one year removed from being the MVP front-runner prior to his injury. There is major upside here and he may prove to be a league winner
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Correa was an elite prospect who took the league by storm as a rookie in 2015, but his last two seasons have been undone by injuries. In 2017, he was producing like an MVP candidate before tearing a ligament in his thumb in July. Last year, his season never got off the ground due to back issues and breathing problems. Correa has pronounced himself fully healthy this spring, making him a seemingly strong bounce-back candidate, but with his stolen base totals drying up over the last two seasons, he will need to find his way to 30+ HRs or a .300 average in order to fully live up to the hype.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Injuries have limited Correa to 109 and 110 games over the last two seasons, respectively. He stole five bases combined and saw his wOBA plummet from .394 to .313, which was even higher than his .306 xwOBA. Because of his age (24) and instant success upon reaching the majors, there's little discount after the down year. He's too risky in the top-three rounds, but it's hard to ignore the MVP upside if he slips.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 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