Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Lorenzo Cain (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
49 of 56 experts
13%
Recommended by
7 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 37
Best Rank# 19# 27
Worst Rank# 119# 74
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 63
Best Rank# 29# 49
Worst Rank# 36# 66
   
Projections 
   
Runs8588
Home Runs1413
RBI6554
Stolen Bases3424
Batting Average.287.293
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 56
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 36
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 33
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 39
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 50
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 48
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 40
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 29
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 42
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 62
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 56
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 35
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 74
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 44
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 32
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 46
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 51
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 45
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 36
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 36
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 54
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 50
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 33
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 36
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 74
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 64
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 39
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 71
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 34
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 45
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 55
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 42
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 40
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 32
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 33
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 35
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 38
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 37
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 51
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 37
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 43
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 36
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 34
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 34
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 30
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 27
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 30
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 34
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 44
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 64
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 38
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632539
   
Runs8890
   
Hits192166
   
Singles134129
   
Doubles4325
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs1210
   
RBI6038
   
Stolen Bases4530
   
Caught Stealing107
   
Walks6171
   
Strikeouts11494
   
Batting Average.304.308
   
On Base Pct.367.395
   
Slugging Pct.438.417
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.813
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596552
   
Runs8588
   
Hits171162
   
Singles116119
   
Doubles3827
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1413
   
RBI6554
   
Stolen Bases3424
   
Caught Stealing95
   
Walks4761
   
Strikeouts10499
   
Batting Average.287.293
   
On Base Pct.339.363
   
Slugging Pct.432.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.785
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
News 
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield had a monster game in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday. Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
Lorenzo Cain went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in the Brewers' 4-1 loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts on Wednesday against the Astros.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 13th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
Lorenzo Cain left Wednesday’s game versus the Marlins with a jammed right thumb.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI in the Brewers' 11-5 win over the Pirates on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, May 30th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Brewers' 6-4 loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, May 25th
Notes 
 With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Cain didn't experience the power growth that many were expecting when he moved from Kansas City to Milwaukee, and his fantasy value was somewhat lessened by an absurdly low RBI count (38). But he did hit north of .300 for the fourth time in five seasons and collected a career-high 30 stolen bases. It's probably time to accept that he is not going to be a 20 HR guy, but he doesn't need to be one to be a top-50 hitter in standard 5x5 leagues. And he could be even better than that if everything clicks and he goes .300-15-30 with over 100 runs scored.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Cain joined Mookie Betts and Whit Merrifield as the only players to hit .300 with 10 homers and 30 steals last season. He set career highs in walk and hard-hit rates atop Milwaukee's lineup, leading to 90 runs scores in 141 games. Yet a troubling injury past and ageism is keeping the veteran outfielder outside the top-five rounds. Having hit at least .300 with 10 homers and 25 steals in three of the last four seasons, he's a relatively safe bargain to target for a speed foundation.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
In the past five years, Cain is one of only 15 players averaging a .300 batting average, and among them, he is 2nd behind only Jose Altuve with 126 steals. There isn't much in the way of power, but you can bank on him contributing in all five categories with plenty of durablity.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros