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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Jonathan Villar (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jonathan Villar
2B,SS - MIA
Jonathan Villar
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
27 of 45 experts
40%
Recommended by
18 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 46
Best Rank# 15# 28
Worst Rank# 127# 102
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 55
Best Rank# 41# 37
Worst Rank# 58# 93
   
Projections 
   
Runs3028
Home Runs56
RBI2220
Stolen Bases913
Batting Average.294.267
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 50
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 48
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 15# 31
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 95
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 51
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 77
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 43
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 56
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 48
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 48
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 73
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 51
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 43
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 42
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 53
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 38
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 44# 45
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 41
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 79
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 66
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 58
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 53
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 44
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 102
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 34
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 37
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 29
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 33
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 35
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 47# 40
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 38
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 57# 49
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 38
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 59
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 71# 66
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 36
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 49
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jonathan Villar
2B,SS - MIA
Jonathan Villar
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681642
   
Runs105111
   
Hits206175
   
Singles139114
   
Doubles4132
   
Triples105
   
Home Runs1624
   
RBI7473
   
Stolen Bases2040
   
Caught Stealing109
   
Walks4561
   
Strikeouts126176
   
Batting Average.303.273
   
On Base Pct.348.338
   
Slugging Pct.463.450
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.788
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jonathan Villar
2B,SS - MIA
Jonathan Villar
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222204
   
Runs3028
   
Hits6554
   
Singles4437
   
Doubles1410
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs56
   
RBI2220
   
Stolen Bases913
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks1720
   
Strikeouts4160
   
Batting Average.294.267
   
On Base Pct.343.331
   
Slugging Pct.443.417
   
On-base Plus Slugging.786.748
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jonathan Villar
2B,SS - MIA
Jonathan Villar
News 
  Marlins outfielder Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Nationals. The steal was his fourth of the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 10th
  Marlins outfielder Jonathan Villar went 0-for-1 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in Saturday's matchup against the Washington Nationals. The steal was his third of the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sun, Mar 8th
  Marlins outfielder Jonathan Villar went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The homer was his second of the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Mar 4th
  Marlins utilityman Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with two RBI and his first home run of the Spring in Sunday's win over the New York Mets.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Mon, Mar 2nd
  Marlins manager Don Mattingly says Jonathan Villar will likely begin the 2020 season as the team's center fielder.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Feb 17th
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
Is it really hard to make a case against Jonathan Villar in 2020? I mean, we were fooled just a few years ago with Villar, and he was the biggest bust in fantasy the following year. Why are we doing it again? Sure, he gives you speed, but there's nothing else that you can really bank on. The ballpark change is tough, and if Villar can't adjust in the outfield, he could just be an over-hyped utility-man.
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
Villar is moving from a great hitter's park to one of the worst but we are still talking about someone who went 24/40 homers/steals with 111 runs and a .273 batting average. There is some risk, as we saw in the 2017 disappointment
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
Batted over 700(!!) times last season playing half his games in Camden. He moves from one of the best hitter parks to one of the worst. The 24 HRs should drop back down to 15 or so and another 40 steal season would shock me. This guy has been cut multiple times and a 260/12/25 line would not shock me at all. I am letting someone else take the plunge with Villar.
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