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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Max Muncy (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Expert
Recommendation
74%
Recommended by
40 of 54 experts
26%
Recommended by
14 of 54 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 46# 62
Best Rank# 12# 20
Worst Rank# 127# 97
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 71
Best Rank# 41# 61
Worst Rank# 59# 79
   
Projections 
   
Runs3234
Home Runs512
RBI2433
Stolen Bases81
Batting Average.290.253
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 64
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 57
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 72
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 59
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 89
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 92
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 66
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 65
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 59# 71
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 66
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 37# 61
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 47
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 55# 97
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 69
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 30# 45
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 46# 62
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 76
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 64
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 44
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 52
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 47# 66
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 48# 59
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 75
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 79
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 61
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 46# 71
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 45# 75
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 54# 65
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 73
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 36# 59
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 59# 61
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 55# 66
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 60# 62
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 36# 43
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 48
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 82
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 74
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 29# 71
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 56
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 55
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 20
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 36# 34
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 49# 35
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 39
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 61# 56
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 61# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 61
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 66# 61
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 69# 43
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 74# 31
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 83# 55
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 84# 52
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 44
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 56
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681487
   
Runs105101
   
Hits206123
   
Singles13965
   
Doubles4122
   
Triples101
   
Home Runs1635
   
RBI7499
   
Stolen Bases204
   
Caught Stealing101
   
Walks4590
   
Strikeouts126149
   
Batting Average.303.253
   
On Base Pct.348.375
   
Slugging Pct.463.518
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.893
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats221179
   
Runs3234
   
Hits6445
   
Singles4325
   
Doubles148
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs512
   
RBI2433
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks1632
   
Strikeouts4156
   
Batting Average.290.253
   
On Base Pct.339.366
   
Slugging Pct.439.494
   
On-base Plus Slugging.778.860
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
News 
 Kansas City outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in an 11-5 loss to the White Sox on Saturday. He was also caught stealing in the game.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 2nd
Max Muncy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk, and another run scored in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jul 31st
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with with a double and two runs scored as the Royals lost to the Tigers 5-4 on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Jul 30th
Max Muncy went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, a double, a walk, and three runs scored Friday against the Giants.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jul 25th
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run as the Royals lost to the Tigers 4-3 on Tuesday.
Jon Mathisen
Tue, Jul 28th
Max Muncy doubled off Johnny Cueto in the third inning of Thursday's win over the Giants.
Jarod Rupp
Fri, Jul 24th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs, and three RBI in a 14-6 win over the Tigers on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jul 28th
Max Muncy is back to swinging the bat and taking batting practice, per manager Dave Roberts. Muncy had been dealing with a bruised finger.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Jul 12th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-3 with a steal in a 2-0 loss to Cleveland on Opening Day.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jul 25th
Max Muncy did not participate in Monday's intrasquad game due to a bruised finger.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jul 7th
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
Not a Muncy guy but all those positions are tantalizing and the numbers scream at you. The longer I look at those numbers the more I feel I have to show at least some respect for a guy I don't buy into. #77 is how I do it.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
With the three positions he plays, it's worth wondering why Max Muncy isn't going even earlier? Sure, he's a late-career breakout, but he repeated his 2018 success in 2019, and the Dodgers are going to have him locked into their everyday lineup. In OBP leagues, he's more valuable, as his average leaves much to be desired, but even if he repeats his 2018 and 2019 numbers again in 2020, he's worth the cost.
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
Muncy now has 70 homers over the last two seasons and while fantasy owners know he won't be a source of help in the batting average department, he still managed 100+ runs because of the 90 walks. Multi-position eligibility certainly doesn't hurt either.
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
Very underrated, in a loaded lineup, and has multi-position elgibility on most sites
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 A safe source of batting average and steals at a thing second base position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros