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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Jose Altuve (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
41 of 43 experts
5%
Recommended by
2 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 39
Best Rank# 17# 27
Worst Rank# 66# 64
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 55
Best Rank# 30# 32
Worst Rank# 62# 69
   
Projections 
   
Runs89102
Home Runs1226
RBI6576
Stolen Bases297
Batting Average.281.274
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 35
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 35
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 26# 37
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 31# 33
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 27
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 36
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 57# 64
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 37# 47
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 39
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 40
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 20# 36
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 32
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 45# 51
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 39
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 45# 47
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 44
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 21# 44
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 39
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 27# 40
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 38
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 51
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 34
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 57
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 27# 40
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 39
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 44
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 23# 42
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 29
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 36# 39
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 46# 50
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 25# 35
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 23# 29
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 36# 39
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 47
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 20# 45
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 37
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 34
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 37# 35
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 52
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats664602
   
Runs97117
   
Hits183166
   
Singles128102
   
Doubles4232
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1031
   
RBI7483
   
Stolen Bases405
   
Caught Stealing43
   
Walks4066
   
Strikeouts10391
   
Batting Average.276.276
   
On Base Pct.315.348
   
Slugging Pct.393.487
   
On-base Plus Slugging.708.835
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats609574
   
Runs89102
   
Hits171157
   
Singles120101
   
Doubles3630
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1226
   
RBI6576
   
Stolen Bases297
   
Caught Stealing63
   
Walks3958
   
Strikeouts9796
   
Batting Average.281.274
   
On Base Pct.324.340
   
Slugging Pct.411.464
   
On-base Plus Slugging.734.805
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
News 
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Kansas City's 5-3 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Luke Monaldo
Mon, Jun 27th
Jose Altuve put together another solid game for the Astros. He finished 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI in the 4-2 win over the Angels Sunday.
Kendall Capps
Mon, Jul 4th
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Kansas City’s 5-1 win in Oakland on Friday.
Luke Monaldo
Sat, Jun 18th
Astros 2B Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks in a 6-3 loss to the Yankees Sunday. He also stole his fourth and fifth base of the season.
Kendall Capps
Mon, Jun 27th
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Kansas City’s 6-2 loss in San Francisco on Monday.
Luke Monaldo
Tue, Jun 14th
Astros 2B Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks in Houston's 3-0 win over the Yankees. It was his 14th home run of the season.
Kendall Capps
Sat, Jun 25th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Kansas City’s 6-4 loss to Baltimore on Saturday.
Luke Monaldo
Sun, Jun 12th
Astros 2B Jose Altuve had a solid night Thursday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs in a 7-6 loss to the Yankees.
Kendall Capps
Fri, Jun 24th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Kansas City’s 8-4 win against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Luke Monaldo
Wed, Jun 8th
Jose Altuve hit his 13th home run of the year Tuesday, helping the Astros to an 8-2 win over the Mets.
Kendall Capps
Wed, Jun 22nd
Notes 
 This late bloomer has been fantasy gold for the last five years. Merrifield stole 40 bases last season at age 32. Durability is a big plus: Merrifield hasn't missed a game in the last three years. But there are some worrisome signs of slippage. His line drive rate has been steadily dropping over the last few seasons, and he hit only two home runs last season from July 1 on. Merrifield has been a terrific value for years, but it's possible he'll be slightly overpriced in 2022 drafts.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
After a forgettable short season in 2020, Altuve tied a career high with 31 home runs last year, scored a career-high 117 runs and had 83 RBI despite hitting in the leadoff spot. The peripherals suggest that Altuve's 2021 HR total was somewhat fluky and park-aided. Altuve used to be good for 30+ stolen bases a season, but he's had 11 SBs in his last two full seasons combined. The days of .300 batting averages may be gone, too. Altuve has been below .300 in each of the last three seasons and has batted .277 over that span. We should at least be able to count on a lot of runs with Altuve batting at the top of a stacked lineup, but the ceiling here isn't what it used to be. Exercise caution as Altuve enters his age-32 season.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros