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
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 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
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 135
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 82
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 89
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 53
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 91
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 96
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 88
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 90
   
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RotoChamp
# 23# 76
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 83
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 99
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 131
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 92
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 79
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 105
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 116
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 95
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 104
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 60
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 119
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 80
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 89
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 97
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 79
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 96
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 95
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 84
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 89
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 85
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 100
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 119
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 90
   
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Sporfolio
# 30# 55
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 92
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 112
   
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Pitcher List
# 28# 139
   
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RotoBaller
# 36# 96
   
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RotoBaller
# 27# 94
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 74
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 89
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 92
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 77
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 92
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 87
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 100
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 86
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 112
   
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Razzball
# 28# 113
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 89
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 89
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 110
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 108
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 78
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 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 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
Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Padres' 2-0 win over the Brewers on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
 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
Eric Hosmer went 2-for-6 with a double, a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored in the Padres' 16-12 win over the Rockies 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
Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBI as the Padres fell to the Giants 6-5 on Tuesday.
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
Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored as the Padres beat the Nats 5-4 on Friday.
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
Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Padres fell to the Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
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
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
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
 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