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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or DJ LeMahieu (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
35 of 45 experts
22%
Recommended by
10 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 50
Best Rank# 13# 26
Worst Rank# 127# 99
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 57
Best Rank# 41# 54
Worst Rank# 59# 63
   
Projections 
   
Runs3334
Home Runs57
RBI2427
Stolen Bases82
Batting Average.294.300
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 99
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 55
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 54
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 66
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 54
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 77
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 51
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 58
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 90
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 48
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 59
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 44
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 40
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 58
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 46
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 37
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 49
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 38
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 47
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 46
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 59
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 58
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 43
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 65
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 56
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 32
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 56
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 56
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 26
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 57
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 37
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 50
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 78
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 27
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 56
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 60
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 57
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 47
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 36
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 61
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 48
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 53
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681602
   
Runs105109
   
Hits206197
   
Singles139136
   
Doubles4133
   
Triples102
   
Home Runs1626
   
RBI74102
   
Stolen Bases205
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks4546
   
Strikeouts12690
   
Batting Average.303.327
   
On Base Pct.348.375
   
Slugging Pct.463.518
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.893
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222203
   
Runs3334
   
Hits6561
   
Singles4442
   
Doubles1411
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs57
   
RBI2427
   
Stolen Bases82
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks1717
   
Strikeouts4133
   
Batting Average.294.300
   
On Base Pct.343.353
   
Slugging Pct.444.456
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.809
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
DJ LeMahieu
1B,2B,3B - NYY
DJ LeMahieu
News 
  The Yankees officially placed LeMahieu on the 10-day IL following his COVID-19 diagnosis on Saturday.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Wed, Jul 8th
  2B DJ LeMahieu has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Brad Camara
Sat, Jul 4th
Notes 
 Fool me once, right? Those who invested heavily in Whit Merrifield in 2019 were disappointed, as he failed to replicate the stolen base numbers that he gave you in 2018. He's a non-zero in power, but unless the steals return to 40-plus, which is unlikely for a 31-year-old, he's going to fail to give you the production that you want. There are better options at both second base and outfield that you can comfortably pass on Merrifield for.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
There's a fallacy out there that when players leave Coors Field, their production and subsequent fantasy value dips. DJ LeMahieu disproved that in 2019, as he had the best numbers of his career. There aren't a lot of question marks with his peripherals, but the main hesitation that fantasy managers should have with LeMahieu is that 2019 was his clear outlier. With the multi-position eligibility, he's worth grabbing at this point in hopes for a repeat or at least close to a repeat for his on-pace numbers.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
LeMahieu may have been the most shocking breakout last year, moving from a .276 hitter with limited power at Coors to all of a sudden 26 HRs, 102 RBIs and a .327 BA away from Coors. You can expect some regression but his 2019 campaign was just too great to discount him in the 6th or 7th round.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 SOME power and above average speed makes me more bullish on Merrifield than the consensus. Stolen bases are becoming more and more rare, but the Royals were second in SB in 2019. That enhances Merrifields stature in my rankings as well.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 
 His drop in SBs and SB success rate keeps him out of the top 5 2B for me this season. Safe pick at ADP as there is no real breakout potential.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy