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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Giancarlo Stanton (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
23 of 45 experts
49%
Recommended by
22 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 47
Best Rank# 13# 23
Worst Rank# 127# 394
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 74
Best Rank# 41# 53
Worst Rank# 59# 84
   
Projections 
   
Runs3232
Home Runs514
RBI2336
Stolen Bases81
Batting Average.292.274
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 67
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 62
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 69
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 77
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 61
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 44
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 50
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 56
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 45# 55
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 394
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 44
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 67
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 48
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 76
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 61
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 51
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 69
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 71
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 30
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 53
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 76
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 33
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 33
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 32
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 28
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 33
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 28
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 25
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 23
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 45
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 32
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 54# 53
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 35
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 64# 43
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 53
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 33
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 54
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 57
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 33
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats68159
   
Runs1058
   
Hits20617
   
Singles13911
   
Doubles413
   
Triples100
   
Home Runs163
   
RBI7413
   
Stolen Bases200
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks4512
   
Strikeouts12624
   
Batting Average.303.288
   
On Base Pct.348.403
   
Slugging Pct.463.492
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.894
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats221179
   
Runs3232
   
Hits6549
   
Singles4325
   
Doubles149
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs514
   
RBI2336
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks1623
   
Strikeouts4062
   
Batting Average.292.274
   
On Base Pct.341.357
   
Slugging Pct.442.559
   
On-base Plus Slugging.783.916
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Giancarlo Stanton
LF,RF - NYY
Giancarlo Stanton
News 
  Giancarlo Stanton, who started at designated hitter and batted cleanup in Monday's intrasquad game, said his calf feels 100 percent healthy, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.
John Aubin
Tue, Jul 7th
  Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Giancarlo Stanton (calf) could be ready to DH by Opening Day.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 30th
  Regarding outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters "if we were to start Spring Training games up tomorrow, he’d probably be ready to go."
Blaine Blontz
Tue, Mar 24th
  Giancarlo Stanton with a calf injury took swings on the field at the Yankees' spring-training complex Wednesday.
Craig Rosenkrantz
Sun, Mar 22nd
  Giancarlo Stanton (calf) took on-field batting practice at Yankees camp on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 18th
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
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
 Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Stanton missed virtually the entire season but let's not forget that he only missed 7 games in the prior two years and combined for 97 homers, 232 RBIs and 225 runs scored. Don't be mistaken, this is still one of the best hitters in baseball. With that said, he is already dealing with another injury.
Bobby Sylvester - 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