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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Giancarlo Stanton (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
28 of 52 experts
46%
Recommended by
24 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 44# 46
Best Rank# 14# 12
Worst Rank# 389# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 67# 49
Best Rank# 45# 41
Worst Rank# 83# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3132
Home Runs145
RBI3624
Stolen Bases18
Batting Average.271.290
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 32
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 47# 48
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 52# 69
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 53# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 45# 48
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 23# 74
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 45# 59
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 31# 34
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 14# 55
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 33# 127
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 49# 83
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 31# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 32# 66
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 26# 47
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 48
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 33# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 50# 61
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 21# 45
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 45# 54
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 35# 36
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 28# 59
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 50# 55
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 49
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 38# 60
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 57# 93
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 65# 84
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 77# 12
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 62# 19
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 67# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 67# 26
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 51# 27
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 30# 29
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 33# 30
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 30
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 61# 31
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 43# 31
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 48# 32
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 76# 36
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 42# 36
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 43# 36
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 38
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 44# 38
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 389# 40
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 50# 41
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 71# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 53# 43
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 55# 46
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 69# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 62# 61
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats59681
   
Runs8105
   
Hits17206
   
Singles11139
   
Doubles341
   
Triples010
   
Home Runs316
   
RBI1374
   
Stolen Bases020
   
Caught Stealing010
   
Walks1245
   
Strikeouts24126
   
Batting Average.288.303
   
On Base Pct.403.348
   
Slugging Pct.492.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.894.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats178221
   
Runs3132
   
Hits4864
   
Singles2543
   
Doubles914
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs145
   
RBI3624
   
Stolen Bases18
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks2316
   
Strikeouts6141
   
Batting Average.271.290
   
On Base Pct.354.339
   
Slugging Pct.557.439
   
On-base Plus Slugging.911.778
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Gincarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday’s 8-4 loss to the Rays in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 8th
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
 Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBI in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Brad Camara
Wed, Oct 7th
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
 Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with grand slam and one walk in Monday's 9-3 Game 1 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Tue, Oct 6th
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
 Giancarlo Stanton hit his second homer in as many games as the Yankees beat the Indians 10-9 in Game of the Wild Card Round to advance to the ALDS.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Oct 1st
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
 Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo homer in the Yankees' 12-3 Game 1 win over the Indians on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 30th
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
Notes 
 How should you approach Giancarlo Stanton in the draft? Look, there's no denying his talent, but has any player snake-bitten fantasy managers as often as Stanton has? He's worth the gamble here, but you're still in the early part of your draft where you're building your foundation. You don't want your foundation to come with built-in cracks.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
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
 Stanton's Grade-1 hamstring strain was going to keep him out of action for Opening Day, but he now should be ready to go whenever the season begins. Stanton will always be an injury risk, but for now, view him as a healthy option heading into the season. His power potential therefore makes him an option in Round 3 or 4, depending on your risk tolerance.
Dan Harris - 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
 A massive injury risk as always but ADP leaves plenty of room for upside
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
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
  A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros