Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Max Muncy (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 81
Best Rank# 19# 41
Worst Rank# 119# 156
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 110
Best Rank# 29# 101
Worst Rank# 36# 146
   
Projections 
   
Runs8576
Home Runs1428
RBI6579
Stolen Bases343
Batting Average.287.248
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 98
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 80
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 65
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 80
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 41
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 58
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 74
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 55
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 52
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 70
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 123
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 84
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 76
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 156
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 69
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 71
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 76
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 140
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 147
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 101
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 81
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 79
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 149
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 59
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 127
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 87
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 86
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 92
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 62
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 126
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 82
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 62
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 80
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 46
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 61
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 83
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 95
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 103
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 82
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 64
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 91
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 66
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 80
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 80
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 78
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 61
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 47
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 92
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 79
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 141
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 64
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 96
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 69
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 66
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 54
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632395
   
Runs8875
   
Hits192104
   
Singles13450
   
Doubles4317
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs1235
   
RBI6079
   
Stolen Bases453
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks6179
   
Strikeouts114131
   
Batting Average.304.263
   
On Base Pct.367.391
   
Slugging Pct.438.582
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.973
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596467
   
Runs8576
   
Hits171116
   
Singles11665
   
Doubles3821
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1428
   
RBI6579
   
Stolen Bases343
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks4778
   
Strikeouts104142
   
Batting Average.287.248
   
On Base Pct.339.355
   
Slugging Pct.432.483
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.838
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Indians on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 25th
Max Muncy went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 5-4 in extra innings on Saturday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 23rd
Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Giants on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
 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
Max Muncy went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Max Muncy went 2-for-4 with two solo homers and a walk as the Dodgers fell to the Angels 5-3 on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 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
Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
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
Muncy was 2nd in HR-rate among all MLB hitters last season. Granted, he slowed down toward the end of the year and his batting average wasn't ideal, but that type of power certainly warrants a top 100 pick. This is especially the case when he qualifies at second base and third base too.
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
Muncy was a late bloomer, bouncing around the Athletics' and Dodgers' farm systems for six years before breaking out in a big way at 27 years old. In his first extended opportunity in the Big Leagues, Muncy smacked 35 home runs in just 395 at-bats. That was due in part to a 29.4 percent HR/FB ratio that was one of the highest in baseball, but Muncy was also among the league leaders in hard contact rate. Even if his HR/FB rate drops off, he can make up for it with more games played, making him a decent bet to again top 30 home runs. He won't be an asset in batting average or stolen bases, but he is another example of a big-time power source you can acquire relatively cheaply.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Muncy had batted .195 with five homers in 245 big league plate appearances prior to 2018, so he naturally towered 35 homers with a .407 wOBA. He endured some troubling strikeout woes late in the season and playoffs, but there are plenty of reasons not to anticipate the bottom falling out entirely. Along with a gorgeous 16.4% walk rate, the late bloomer notched a heavy dosage of fly balls (44.9%, only 5.9% popups) and hard hits (47.4%). Per Statcast, only Joey Gallo served up a higher rate of barrels per batted balls than Muncy's 16.9. He's a solid power pick-and tremendous OBP target-if the rest of the room sees an obvious regression candidate.
Andrew Gould - 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