Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Eric Hosmer (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
58 of 59 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 88
Best Rank# 19# 53
Worst Rank# 119# 139
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 167
Best Rank# 29# 135
Worst Rank# 36# 177
   
Projections 
   
Runs8580
Home Runs1421
RBI6580
Stolen Bases346
Batting Average.287.272
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 135
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 82
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 89
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 53
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 91
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 96
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 88
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 90
   
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RotoChamp
# 23# 76
   
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Razzball
# 49# 83
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 99
   
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Brewer Rat
# 33# 131
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 92
   
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The Athletic
# 54# 79
   
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The Athletic
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
# 77# 119
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 89
   
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FantasyPros
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Razzball
# 34# 79
   
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BretskyBall
# 49# 96
   
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The Athletic
# 27# 95
   
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# 29# 84
   
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The Athletic
# 25# 89
   
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
# 25# 100
   
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The Fake Baseball
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# 28# 139
   
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# 27# 94
   
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# 41# 74
   
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# 19# 89
   
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# 30# 92
   
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# 23# 77
   
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# 23# 92
   
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RotoBaller
# 34# 100
   
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# 28# 113
   
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# 30# 89
   
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# 31# 86
   
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# 34# 89
   
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# 33# 81
   
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# 22# 110
   
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# 23# 117
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 104
   
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Fake Teams
# 23# 108
   
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FanGraphs
# 26# 78
   
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# 33# 115
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 79
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 94
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632613
   
Runs8872
   
Hits192155
   
Singles134104
   
Doubles4331
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs1218
   
RBI6069
   
Stolen Bases457
   
Caught Stealing104
   
Walks6162
   
Strikeouts114142
   
Batting Average.304.253
   
On Base Pct.367.322
   
Slugging Pct.438.398
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.720
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596588
   
Runs8580
   
Hits171160
   
Singles116107
   
Doubles3829
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1421
   
RBI6580
   
Stolen Bases346
   
Caught Stealing93
   
Walks4762
   
Strikeouts104124
   
Batting Average.287.272
   
On Base Pct.339.341
   
Slugging Pct.432.436
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.777
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 23rd
Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a solo homer on Thursday versus the Brewers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 in an 8-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
Eric Hosmer went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the Padres' loss to the Rockies on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 14th
 Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Padres' 14-7 loss to the D'Backs on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 2nd
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 30th
 Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 with a single in Friday's loss tot he Red Sox.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 24th
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
Hosmer was a wreck in the second half, posting a negative average launch angle. While that is no guarantee to be fixed, he is still a career .280 hitter with excellent durability and sufficient power. Eventually every player becomes a value and Hosmer's ADP may have fallen enough that it has become the case.
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
After posting back-to-back 25 HR seasons, Hosmer managed just 18 long balls in his first season in San Diego and does not appear likely to return to the 25 homer range if he continues to hit the ball on the ground so frequently. That said, last year's .253 batting average seems due for some major improvement, both because his BABIP was a tad low and because last season's high strikeout rate looks like an outlier for a player that is still in the prime of his career. Hosmer could again be a sneaky source of steals on a team that likes to run, and his run and RBI production should improve along with the Padres' lineup as a whole. He won't blow you away with his production in any one category, but should make steady across-the-board contributions.
Andrew Seifter - 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
The every-other-year curse once again struck Hosmer, who batted .253/.322/.398 with a 95 wRC+ and -0.1 fWAR to start an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres. He was the only qualified position player to post a negative launch angle (-1.2°), and only Ian Desmond hit more ground balls than his 60.4%. Not only did he make weaker contact, he made less of it with career lows in contact (74.7%) and strikeout (21.0%) rate. Before writing Hosmer off entirely, he has bounced back from terrible years before. Deep-league managers will at least derive value from a locked-in starter who has recorded at least 667 plate appearances in each of the last four seasons. If he falls far enough, he is an acceptable corner-infield compiler, especially now that he's batting alongside Manny Machado. Take a better hitter-it won't be hard to find one-in shallower formats.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros