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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Eloy Jimenez (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eloy Jimenez
LF - CWS
Eloy Jimenez
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
23 of 45 experts
49%
Recommended by
22 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 40
Best Rank# 13# 29
Worst Rank# 127# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 60
Best Rank# 41# 47
Worst Rank# 59# 80
   
Projections 
   
Runs3329
Home Runs512
RBI2434
Stolen Bases80
Batting Average.294.281
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 46
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 48
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 58
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 49
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 89
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 45
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 45
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 54
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 45
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 76
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 44
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 64
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 42
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 62
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 44
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 43
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 32
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 34
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 53
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 38
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 49
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 43
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 36
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 35
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 39
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 39
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 38
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 47
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 54
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 29
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 34
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 32
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 41
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 37
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 41
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 37
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eloy Jimenez
LF - CWS
Eloy Jimenez
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681468
   
Runs10569
   
Hits206125
   
Singles13974
   
Doubles4118
   
Triples102
   
Home Runs1631
   
RBI7479
   
Stolen Bases200
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks4530
   
Strikeouts126134
   
Batting Average.303.267
   
On Base Pct.348.316
   
Slugging Pct.463.513
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.828
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eloy Jimenez
LF - CWS
Eloy Jimenez
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222194
   
Runs3329
   
Hits6555
   
Singles4432
   
Doubles149
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs512
   
RBI2434
   
Stolen Bases80
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks1714
   
Strikeouts4151
   
Batting Average.294.281
   
On Base Pct.343.328
   
Slugging Pct.444.526
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.854
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eloy Jimenez
LF - CWS
Eloy Jimenez
News 
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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
If you checked out early for fantasy football, you may have missed how Eloy Jimenez finished the season. He hit .325 with 12 home runs and a near 1.000 OPS in his final 40 games of the year. It gives renewed optimism for those invested in Jimenez after he had a solid - not great - rookie campaign, though injuries cut short a mid-season hot streak. It's smart to bet on a pedigree with prospects like Jimenez and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. When you see a long stretch of success, it gives you a reason to push them up and remain optimistic in their present and future value.
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
Eloy started out rough for the White Sox last year but he turned it on to close the season, displaying the legitimate 45 homer power that he was thought to eventually morph into in the MLB. Don't be shocked if that batting average jumps 20 more points to .290 as well.
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