Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Daniel Murphy (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
Recommended by
50 of 56 experts
Recommended by
6 of 56 experts
ECR# 29# 42
Best Rank# 19# 21
Worst Rank# 119# 92
Composite# 32# 67
Best Rank# 29# 59
Worst Rank# 36# 100
Home Runs1422
Stolen Bases344
Batting Average.287.311
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 35
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 34
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 42
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FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 37
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 56
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The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 47
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 58
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# 23# 29
Grey Albright
# 49# 92
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 52
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 50
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 45
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 59
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 45
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 48
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 33
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 38
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 44
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 44
Andrew Gould
# 24# 42
Rudy Gamble
# 34# 39
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 43
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 42
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 38
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 45
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Fake Teams
# 25# 44
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 35
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 47
Mario Mergola
# 30# 86
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 45
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Pitcher List
# 28# 42
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# 36# 55
Nick Mariano
# 27# 46
Bobby Sylvester
# 41# 44
Justin Mason
# 19# 40
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 44
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 43
Donkey Teeth
# 23# 38
Dan Harris
# 23# 49
Pierre Camus
# 34# 62
Andrew Seifter
# 25# 26
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 46
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 28# 55
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 50
Jacob Gibbs
# 34# 47
Mick Ciallela
# 22# 41
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 33
Ariel Cohen
# 26# 37
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 38
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 37
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 21
Paul Sporer
# 37# 24
Wayne Bretsky
# 49# 48
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 34
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 58
Beast Dome
# 119# 68
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2018 Stats 
At Bats632328
Home Runs1212
Stolen Bases453
Caught Stealing100
Batting Average.304.299
On Base Pct.367.336
Slugging Pct.438.454
On-base Plus Slugging.806.791
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2019 Projections 
At Bats596529
Home Runs1422
Stolen Bases344
Caught Stealing91
Batting Average.287.311
On Base Pct.339.360
Slugging Pct.432.517
On-base Plus Slugging.771.876
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
 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
Daniel Murphy went 1-for-6 with a double and two RBI in the Rockies' 16-12 loss to the Padres on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Rockies' 10-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday evening.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 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
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-1 win over the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
 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
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Rockies fell to the Cubs 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 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
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Rockies' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
 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
Murphy's overall stat line wasn't all that impressive last year, but once he was healthy in the second half, he returned to hittin .315 with a 25 HR pace. Move that to Coors Field and we may be looking at the NL Batting Champion with plenty of homers, RBI and runs. Be mindful that he rarely plays a full season, but when he is on the field we are looking at a top 30 fantasy asset
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
Murphy took a long time to return from microfracture knee surgery in 2018, but it was worth the wait for his fantasy owners, as he produced a .299/40/12/42/3 line over 328 at-bats from June on. He's always been a good hitter, but has blossomed into a truly potent fantasy asset over the last three seasons, demonstrating the ability to knock 25 home runs with a batting average well north of .300. And that was before he played his home games at Coors Field, where he owns a .330 lifetime batting average. Murphy may be discounted in drafts on account of his increasing age, but it would not be shocking if he finished as a top-20 overall hitter in his first season in Colorado.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Murphy's draft stock hasn't soared nearly enough for a career .299/.344/.458 hitter moving to Coors Field. One of baseball's top sluggers in 2016 and 2017, his 2018 returns were contaminated by a brutal return from offseason knee injury. From July 1 onward, removing 15 games from his 91-game season, he batted .317/.355/.493 with 12 homers. Steamer's projected .307 average and 22 homers seem more than reasonable with the Rockies, and he's capable of bringing home another batting title.
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