Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Edwin Encarnacion (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
54 of 56 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 78
Best Rank# 19# 45
Worst Rank# 119# 140
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 113
Best Rank# 29# 100
Worst Rank# 36# 141
   
Projections 
   
Runs8576
Home Runs1430
RBI6593
Stolen Bases342
Batting Average.287.243
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 87
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 50
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 62
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 55
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 82
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 74
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 140
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 69
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 53
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 136
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 75
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 89
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 113
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 84
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 66
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 95
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 100
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 98
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 82
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 77
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 68
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 105
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 56
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 102
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 68
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 57
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 80
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 76
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 65
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 65
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 54
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 75
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 76
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 53
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 73
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 79
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 74
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 82
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 125
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 67
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 65
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 68
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 64
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 79
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 48
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 81
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 76
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 94
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 132
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 90
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 87
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 88
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 45
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 83
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632500
   
Runs8874
   
Hits192123
   
Singles13474
   
Doubles4316
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1232
   
RBI60107
   
Stolen Bases453
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks6163
   
Strikeouts114132
   
Batting Average.304.246
   
On Base Pct.367.336
   
Slugging Pct.438.474
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.810
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596507
   
Runs8576
   
Hits171123
   
Singles11672
   
Doubles3819
   
Triples41
   
Home Runs1430
   
RBI6593
   
Stolen Bases342
   
Caught Stealing90
   
Walks4769
   
Strikeouts104129
   
Batting Average.287.243
   
On Base Pct.339.334
   
Slugging Pct.432.467
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.801
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
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
Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Dan Harris
Wed, Jun 26th
 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
Edwin Encarnacion is not in the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Jun 24th
 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
Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Astros.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 21st
 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
Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 6-3 victory against the Rays on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 19th
 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
Edwin Encarnacion is serving as the team's DH and batting fifth in his debut for the Yankees on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
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
Encarnacion may be getting up there in age, but there are few hitters who have produced consistent power at the rate he has. There is little reason to expect a sudden drop-off but with that said, his RBIs and runs should take a hit with Seattle losing some of their best offensive pieces.
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
As he embarks upon his age-36 season, Encarnacion is showing some signs of decline. His strikeout rate has crept up over the last three years, while his home run total and batting average have gone in the opposite direction. But this decline shouldn't be overstated -- Encarnacion still topped 30 HRs last year for the seventh straight season, while his 42.4 percent hard contact rate was actually a career high. Most projection systems expect his performance to further decline in 2019, but players do not always decline at a consistent rate. His advancing age makes Encarnacion somewhat of a boom-or-bust pick, but even if he remains on the rebuilding Mariners for the entire season, he should be a good source of home runs and RBIs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Even in a down year, Encarnacion topped 30 homers for the seventh straight season, a span during which 2014's 98 RBI was the only time he fell short of 100. That bankable power is comforting at his depreciating price, but career worsts in contact (75.7%) and strikeout (22.9%) rate led to his lowest average (.248) since 2010. The durable slugger also missed time with a biceps injury during his age-35 campaign, so don't reach for name recognition. That shouldn't be necessary, as ADPs beyond the top 100 suggest he could fall into your lap.
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