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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Josh Hader (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
30 of 55 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 65
Best Rank# 15# 21
Worst Rank# 175# 116
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 56
Best Rank# 41# 44
Worst Rank# 59# 56
   
Projections 
   
Runs32
Home Runs54
RBI24
Stolen Bases8
Batting Avg.290
Strikeouts4146
Wins1
Saves12
ERA2.78
WHIP0.96
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 47# 74
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 62
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 24# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 66# 74
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 15# 44
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 38# 66
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 56# 72
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 89
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 64
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 65# 116
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 46# 70
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 53# 65
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 56# 68
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 48# 71
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 41# 68
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 80# 84
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 53# 77
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 50# 72
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 41# 81
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 65# 75
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 67# 101
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 50# 70
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 65# 82
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 71
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 53# 70
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 60
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 34# 58
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 40# 72
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 56# 77
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 56# 84
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 38# 32
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 35
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 47# 45
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 51# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 49
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 59# 55
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 61# 48
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 64# 62
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 64# 62
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 66# 63
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 68# 56
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 74# 52
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 76# 54
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 78# 21
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 80# 71
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 82# 69
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 83# 48
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 84# 80
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 86# 74
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 71
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 96# 85
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 97# 77
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 126# 63
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 129# 67
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 175# 67
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs105
   
Home Runs1615
   
RBI74
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Batting Avg.303
   
Strikeouts126138
   
Wins3
   
Saves37
   
ERA2.62
   
WHIP0.81
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs32
   
Home Runs54
   
RBI24
   
Stolen Bases8
   
Batting Avg.290
   
Strikeouts4146
   
Wins1
   
Saves12
   
ERA2.78
   
WHIP0.96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
News 
 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
Josh Hader made his only postseason appearance on Thursday when he struck out two over 1 1/3 innings in the Brewers 3-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 2nd
 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
Josh Hader struck out one over a perfect inning to earn the save in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 27th
 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
Josh Hader allowed one hit while striking out two over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 3-0 Game 1 win over the Cardinals.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 26th
 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
Josh Hader struck out two over a perfect inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Reds.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 23rd
 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
Josh Hader recorded the final out to earn the save in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Royals.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 20th
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
In a regular season, Hader would be the first reliever taken. However, with just 60 games this year and a less-than-good rotation, the Brewers could deploy Hader in a swing-man role in the seventh and eighth inning, and turn to Corey Knebel in the ninth.
Michael Waterloo - 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
Hader throws his fastball about 83 percent of the time and batters just can't hit it. They bat .167 against with a miniscule .275 wOBA and there's just no reason to expect that to change. Thus, his nearly 50 percent strikeout rate is likely here to stay, and that makes Hader the top reliever to draft in fantasy, even if his occasional multi-inning role means he won't get every save chance.
Dan Harris - 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
If you play in a league where saves are at a premium it make sense to be aggressive on Hader, who struck out 138 batters last year
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros