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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Marcell Ozuna (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Marcell Ozuna
LF - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
30 of 45 experts
33%
Recommended by
15 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 51
Best Rank# 13# 29
Worst Rank# 127# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 100
Best Rank# 41# 65
Worst Rank# 59# 111
   
Projections 
   
Runs3330
Home Runs511
RBI2436
Stolen Bases83
Batting Average.294.279
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 89
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 63
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 83
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 67
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 86
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 53
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 55
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 53
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 61
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 52
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 49
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 52
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 45
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 63
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 32
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 53
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 67
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 57
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 51
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 57
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 46
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 63
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 81
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 61
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 57
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 32
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 43
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 48
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 46
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 57
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 34
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 45
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 43
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 50
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 37
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 37
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 57
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 29
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 59
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 62
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 46
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Marcell Ozuna
LF - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681485
   
Runs10580
   
Hits206118
   
Singles13965
   
Doubles4123
   
Triples101
   
Home Runs1629
   
RBI7489
   
Stolen Bases2012
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks4562
   
Strikeouts126114
   
Batting Average.303.243
   
On Base Pct.348.330
   
Slugging Pct.463.474
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.804
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Marcell Ozuna
LF - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222197
   
Runs3330
   
Hits6555
   
Singles4434
   
Doubles1410
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs511
   
RBI2436
   
Stolen Bases83
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks1720
   
Strikeouts4145
   
Batting Average.294.279
   
On Base Pct.343.347
   
Slugging Pct.444.499
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.845
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Marcell Ozuna
LF - ATL
Marcell Ozuna
News 
  Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 South Florida reports that Marcell Ozuna suffered a small facial laceration after this wife allegedly hit him with a soap dish.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 5th
  New Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna went hitless again on Tuesday and is now 0-for-11 with six strikeouts to start the Spring.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Mar 3rd
  Marcell Ozuna agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Braves on Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jan 21st
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
Marcell Ozuna bet on himself with a one-year contract in Atlanta, and as a fantasy. manager, you should, too. Ozuna was the poster boy for being unlucky in 2019, especially with his BABIP driving down his average. His batted ball data was still fantastic, and he offered double-digit steals, surprisingly. If Ozuna repeats his batted-ball numbers, he'll no longer need to bet on himself with a one-year deal, and you'll see his price surge in 2021 drafts."
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
Ozuna didn't have a terrible 2019, but his .241 batting average and injuries certainly put a damper on his year. And although he was due for a rebound anyway (his .259 BABIP was preposterously low), moving to the Braves on a one-year deal should be just what the doctor ordered. Not only will he be batting in the middle of an incredible strong lineup. but he'll also be playing in a much more favorable home park. With plenty of motivation as he looks for a multi-year deal, expect a big season from Ozuna.
Dan Harris - 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
Ozuna had a down year thanks to some injuries he played through, but this is still a bat that should hit 35 homers with 100 RBIs in Atlanta's lineup if he can stay healthy throughout the year. In fact, last year he even stole a dozen bases despite missing 30 games.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
A steal at current ADP. He hits the ball ridiculously hard and is entering a stacked lineup. Not to mention the handful of SBs he'll get for you. Sign me up.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy