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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Eugenio Suarez (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
30 of 52 experts
42%
Recommended by
22 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 46# 45
Best Rank# 12# 16
Worst Rank# 127# 94
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 70
Best Rank# 41# 66
Worst Rank# 59# 89
   
Projections 
   
Runs3232
Home Runs514
RBI2437
Stolen Bases81
Batting Average.290.268
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 45
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 41
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 19# 74
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 67
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 50
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 38
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 47
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 37# 40
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 48
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 36# 56
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 48
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 30# 38
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 51
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 51
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 39
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 61
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 70
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 46# 60
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 45# 56
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 39
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 36# 45
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 60# 61
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 36# 41
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 29
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 35
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 47
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 29# 41
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 52
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 57
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 38
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 16
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 46# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 47# 39
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 44
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 49# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 54# 44
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 55# 52
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 55# 34
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 59# 44
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 59# 41
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 57
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 61# 23
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 61# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 45
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 66# 38
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 69# 37
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 74# 42
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 83# 48
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 84# 37
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 54
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 94
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681575
   
Runs10587
   
Hits206156
   
Singles13983
   
Doubles4122
   
Triples102
   
Home Runs1649
   
RBI74103
   
Stolen Bases203
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks4570
   
Strikeouts126189
   
Batting Average.303.271
   
On Base Pct.348.358
   
Slugging Pct.463.572
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.930
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats221198
   
Runs3232
   
Hits6453
   
Singles4330
   
Doubles149
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs514
   
RBI2437
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks1626
   
Strikeouts4161
   
Batting Average.290.268
   
On Base Pct.339.352
   
Slugging Pct.439.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.778.875
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a run and a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 26th
Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-5 with a double and in two RBI in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Twins.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 27th
 Kansas City outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a run and a steal in an 8-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 25th
Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 24th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Sep 22nd
Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Monday's 6-3 win over the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 22nd
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two runs and two steals in a 4-0 win over Detroit on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 17th
Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez has returned from paternity leave.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 18th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double and a steal in a 6-0 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 16th
Eugenio Suarez was absent from the Cincinnati Reds line-up on Tuesday because of the impending birth of his child. He can miss up to two more games while on paternity leave but COVID-19 safety protocols could delay his return even further. Aristides Aquino was recalled in a corresponding move.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Sep 16th
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
Eugenio Suarez has often been one of the most overlooked players in fantasy, but now, it seems like there's risk with the profile. Not only is he coming back from a shoulder injury, but you're banking on a pace of 45-plus home runs again to provide the value you need. He's essentially empty power, as he doesn't hit for a good average, nor will he still bases for you. The position is deep enough that you can move past Suarez and his red flags.
Michael Waterloo - 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
Few hitters benefited as much from the postponement of the season as did Suarez, whose shoulder woes made his availability for Opening Day questionable. He'll now likely be at or close to full strength when the season begins. Whether he can repeat his near-50 homer performance is another question (he likely can't), but you should draft him as you would few to no health concerns.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 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
Belted 49 homers a year ago. Monitor spring shoulder injury
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros