Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or George Springer (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
George Springer
CF,RF,DH - HOU
George Springer
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
40 of 56 experts
29%
Recommended by
16 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 32
Best Rank# 19# 12
Worst Rank# 119# 54
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 48
Best Rank# 29# 43
Worst Rank# 36# 60
   
Projections 
   
Runs85103
Home Runs1427
RBI6578
Stolen Bases347
Batting Average.287.270
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 32
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 28
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 35
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 33
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 50
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 31
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 32
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 30
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 39
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 40
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 33
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 33
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 37
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 38
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 28
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 41
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 39
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 52
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 35
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 33
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 47
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 54
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 34
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 44
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 41
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 30
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 49
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 32
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 30
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 32
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 35
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 29
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 38
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 50
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 49
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 27
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 12
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 31
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 20
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 27
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 33
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 23
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 25
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 31
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 25
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 38
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 36
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 26
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 27
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
George Springer
CF,RF,DH - HOU
George Springer
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632544
   
Runs88102
   
Hits192144
   
Singles13496
   
Doubles4326
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs1222
   
RBI6071
   
Stolen Bases456
   
Caught Stealing104
   
Walks6164
   
Strikeouts114122
   
Batting Average.304.265
   
On Base Pct.367.346
   
Slugging Pct.438.434
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.780
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
George Springer
CF,RF,DH - HOU
George Springer
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596561
   
Runs85103
   
Hits171151
   
Singles11696
   
Doubles3828
   
Triples41
   
Home Runs1427
   
RBI6578
   
Stolen Bases347
   
Caught Stealing95
   
Walks4767
   
Strikeouts104126
   
Batting Average.287.270
   
On Base Pct.339.347
   
Slugging Pct.432.467
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.814
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
George Springer
CF,RF,DH - HOU
George Springer
News 
 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
George Springer (hamstring) may start a rehab stint this weekend.
Andrew Gould
Tue, Jun 11th
 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
The Astros paled George Springer (hamstring) on the 10-day IL prior to Saturday's game versus Boston.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 25th
 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
George Springer, who left Friday's game against the Red Sox with a hamstring injury, is likely heading to the injured list according to A.J. Hinch.
Dan Harris
Fri, May 24th
 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
George Springer was removed from Friday's game against the Red Sox with an injury after making a sliding attempt to catch a fly ball.
Dan Harris
Fri, May 24th
 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
George Springer (back) is leading off and playing right field on Friday versus the Red Sox.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, May 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
Springer is one of a handful of stars who started off their season with a rough patch. He started to turn in around in the second half before his injury, but only enough to get his final line to 22 homers and a .265 batting average. If he can stay healthy, Springer might lead the AL in runs scored along with plenty of homers and RBIs, but the speed has essentially disappeared
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 nearly going 40-40 in the minor leagues in 2013, Springer seemed like he could be a fantasy monster, but he simply hasn't been the same player at the Major League level. He's certainly been no slouch, scoring over 100 runs in three straight seasons while also averaging 28 home runs over that stretch, but he hasn't swiped even double digit bases since 2015 and is a career .265 hitter. He should continue to rack up the counting stats as long as he's hitting atop the Astros' productive lineup, and isn't an awful pick in the fifth or sixth round of fantasy drafts, but his once sky-high fantasy upside nows seems like a thing of the past.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
It was a rough year for Springer Dingers, as the Astros outfielder deposited just 22 homers with a pedestrian .265/.346/.434 slash line. Thumb and quad injuries sapped his power late in the season and limited him to 140 games for the second straight year, and yet he managed over 100 runs for the third consecutive campaign. Caught stealing 21 times in 41 times, he's no longer a steals asset. He's looking more like a floor compiler who could underwhelm without a return to roughly 30 dingers.
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