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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Jeff McNeil (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
40 of 45 experts
11%
Recommended by
5 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 67
Best Rank# 13# 51
Worst Rank# 127# 113
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 85
Best Rank# 41# 78
Worst Rank# 59# 106
   
Projections 
   
Runs3331
Home Runs57
RBI2427
Stolen Bases83
Batting Average.294.301
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 113
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 68
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 56
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 81
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 52
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 55
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 81
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 72
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 67
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 98
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 64
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 76
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 63
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 68
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 62
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 51
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 62
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 77
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 74
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 57
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 81
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 68
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 64
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 64
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 62
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 55
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 64
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 56
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 59
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 62
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 65
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 65
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 77
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 55
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 55
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 70
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 82
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 57
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 60
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 60
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 59
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681510
   
Runs10583
   
Hits206163
   
Singles139101
   
Doubles4138
   
Triples101
   
Home Runs1623
   
RBI7475
   
Stolen Bases205
   
Caught Stealing106
   
Walks4535
   
Strikeouts12675
   
Batting Average.303.320
   
On Base Pct.348.386
   
Slugging Pct.463.533
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.920
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222195
   
Runs3331
   
Hits6559
   
Singles4438
   
Doubles1413
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs57
   
RBI2427
   
Stolen Bases83
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks1714
   
Strikeouts4129
   
Batting Average.294.301
   
On Base Pct.343.348
   
Slugging Pct.444.485
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.833
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jeff McNeil
2B,3B,LF,RF - NYM
Jeff McNeil
News 
  Mets leadoff man Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 in Wednesday's win versus the Cardinals, along with an RBI and scoring a pair of runs.
Jarod Rupp
Thu, Mar 12th
  Mets utilityman Jeff McNeil went 2-or-3 with two doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 4th
  Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 on Tuesday versus Miami.
Jarod Rupp
Wed, Mar 4th
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
Jeff McNeil feels like a late breakout player, but he just turned 28 years old. But one thing we know we need to judge players on is the entirety of their work, not just their most recent performance. With McNeil, if you look at his minor league numbers, you have to wonder if the power he showcased (23 home runs) - in a season where everyone else was hitting home runs - is for real. If it's not, he's a replaceable player, even at his premium position.
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
There were many skeptics after McNeil's strong rookie performance but it now clear that he is a hitter through and through. He'll again compete for the batting crown and seems likely to his 20+ homers once agin for the Mets this season.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Will boost your average, will be a solid contributor elsewhere, and has position flexibility. Very solid pick at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 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