Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Matt Carpenter (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
54 of 59 experts
8%
Recommended by
5 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 49
Best Rank# 19# 12
Worst Rank# 119# 100
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 65
Best Rank# 29# 58
Worst Rank# 36# 72
   
Projections 
   
Runs8597
Home Runs1428
RBI6576
Stolen Bases343
Batting Average.287.256
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 51
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 35
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 36
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 47
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 39
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 50
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 46
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 65
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 78
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 83
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 68
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 50
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 65
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 37
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 26
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 70
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 71
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 100
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 59
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 40
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 76
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 78
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 47
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 33
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 53
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 47
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 58
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 36
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 66
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 48
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 50
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 56
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 49
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 51
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 72
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 62
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 51
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 81
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 57
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 64
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 61
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 42
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 55
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 45
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 64
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 58
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 38
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 39
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 70
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 38
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 24
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 29
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 37
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 36
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 12
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632564
   
Runs88111
   
Hits192145
   
Singles13467
   
Doubles4342
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs1236
   
RBI6081
   
Stolen Bases454
   
Caught Stealing101
   
Walks61102
   
Strikeouts114158
   
Batting Average.304.257
   
On Base Pct.367.374
   
Slugging Pct.438.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.897
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596529
   
Runs8597
   
Hits171135
   
Singles11671
   
Doubles3835
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1428
   
RBI6576
   
Stolen Bases343
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks4795
   
Strikeouts104140
   
Batting Average.287.256
   
On Base Pct.339.369
   
Slugging Pct.432.486
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.855
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a steal in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 29th
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 29th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 23rd
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's loss to the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 28th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 in an 8-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-2 with a go-ahead solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
 Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
Matt Carpenter did not start Tuesday's game against the Nationals, and went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 18th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with two walks, two singles, an RBI, and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
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
Over the last five years, Carpenter has a remarkable 468 walks, which obviously has contributed to his 483 runs. In that time, his power has steadily improved, all the way to 36 homers last year, and while that total may not be repeatable, 30 homers with 100 runs makes him well worth a sixth round pick in 2019 fantasy leagues
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Carpenter blew away his previous career high by hitting 36 home runs in 2018, but that was fueled by a 19.1 percent HR/FB rate that was far higher than he's ever had before. To be fair, he did have the highest hard contact rate in MLB, so it's not like the home run spike was a total fluke, but fantasy owners should generally be cautious when a player has an outlier season this late in their career. The odds are against Carpenter hitting 35+ home runs again, and while he regularly produces an excellent OBP, he is a bit of a drag in batting average and has little speed to speak of. He's a much better pick in points leagues and leagues that reward OBP than he is in traditional 5x5 roto/categories leagues, where he could be overvalued.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Despite entering the season with health woes and batting .155 in April, Carpenter then went scorched earth to hit .257/.374/.523 with a career-high 36 homers. It's dicey to bet on a 33-year-old coming off a career year, but he simply punishes baseball too severely to discredit. He led qualified hitters in hard-hit rate (49.0%) with the fifth-highest fly-ball rate (46.9%) and fourth-lowest popup rate (2.1%). Given his elite blend of hitting the ball hard, high, and far, Statcast's .535 XSLG and .386 xwOBA even offer room for growth. Expect more elite power in 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros