Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Miguel Cabrera (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
54 of 56 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 91
Best Rank# 19# 38
Worst Rank# 119# 154
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 152
Best Rank# 29# 146
Worst Rank# 36# 167
   
Projections 
   
Runs8563
Home Runs1420
RBI6574
Stolen Bases340
Batting Average.287.282
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 81
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 62
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 93
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 38
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 115
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 87
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 66
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 88
   
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RotoChamp
# 23# 94
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 93
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 86
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 93
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 75
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 138
   
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CBS Sports
# 24# 103
   
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CBS Sports
# 23# 86
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 89
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 133
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 111
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 91
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 98
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 91
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 67
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 115
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 85
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 80
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 86
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 122
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 64
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 81
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 142
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 90
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 90
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 88
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 83
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 83
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 87
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 88
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 75
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 64
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 79
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 92
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 59
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 154
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 84
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 59
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 90
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 70
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 121
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 130
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 105
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 93
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 39
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 96
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632134
   
Runs8817
   
Hits19240
   
Singles13426
   
Doubles4311
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs123
   
RBI6022
   
Stolen Bases450
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks6122
   
Strikeouts11427
   
Batting Average.304.299
   
On Base Pct.367.395
   
Slugging Pct.438.448
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.843
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596465
   
Runs8563
   
Hits171131
   
Singles11684
   
Doubles3826
   
Triples41
   
Home Runs1420
   
RBI6574
   
Stolen Bases340
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks4759
   
Strikeouts10498
   
Batting Average.287.282
   
On Base Pct.339.363
   
Slugging Pct.432.469
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.832
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
News 
 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
Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-5 in a 7-6 loss to the Indians on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 13-4 loss to the Indians on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a single in a 7-3 loss to the Royals on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Jun 14th
 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
Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-2 in a 12-2 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 9th
 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
Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera had a huge game in a 9-6 win over the Rays on Tuesday. Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a grand slam. He finished the night with five RBI.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 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
You may be inclined to believe Cabrera is done since he has had two subpar seasons in a row, but he is apparently in the best shape of his life. Add in the fact that he will be spending most of his time as the Tigers DH and we might just have the biggest bounceback player on our hands.
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
Cabrera's 2018 season was cut short after just 38 games due to a torn biceps tendon, but in the limited sample size he looked more like the perennial .300 hitter he's been for most of his career than the guy who hit just .249 in 2017. It is hard to expect much more than around 20 HRs from Cabrera at this point -- his 38 HRs in 2016 is the major outlier of the last five seasons -- but even that kind of power output can be useful when it's accompanied by a strong batting average. He's nowhere near the player he once was, but his days as a mixed league asset aren't over quite yet.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
On the bright side, Cabrera recorded a .360 wOBA after notching a career-low .313 in 2017. The only problem: He played just 38 games due to a ruptured left biceps tendon. Don't bank on a fully healthy season from the first baseman, who turns 36 in April and has averaged 111 games over the last four seasons. Yet last year proved he's still a prolific hitter when healthy, even if no longer a massive home-run threat. If he falls beyond pick 150, it's worth rolling the dice on one of this generation's best sluggers churning out one more vintage season before his Hall of Fame career bites the dust.
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