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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Mike Moustakas (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Mike Moustakas
2B,3B - CIN
Mike Moustakas
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
40 of 45 experts
11%
Recommended by
5 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 70
Best Rank# 13# 32
Worst Rank# 127# 111
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 98
Best Rank# 41# 93
Worst Rank# 59# 107
   
Projections 
   
Runs3329
Home Runs513
RBI2435
Stolen Bases81
Batting Average.294.263
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 61
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 87
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 79
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 76
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 65
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 108
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 65
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 47
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 86
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 65
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 74
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 69
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 69
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 67
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 90
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 70
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 94
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 64
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 70
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 82
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 67
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 66
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 63
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 68
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 97
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 74
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 58
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 74
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 71
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 60
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 72
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 67
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 70
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 74
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 71
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 71
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 74
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 58
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 65
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 72
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 32
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 59
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 62
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 64
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 111
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Mike Moustakas
2B,3B - CIN
Mike Moustakas
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681523
   
Runs10580
   
Hits206133
   
Singles13967
   
Doubles4130
   
Triples101
   
Home Runs1635
   
RBI7487
   
Stolen Bases203
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks4553
   
Strikeouts12698
   
Batting Average.303.254
   
On Base Pct.348.329
   
Slugging Pct.463.516
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.845
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Mike Moustakas
2B,3B - CIN
Mike Moustakas
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222200
   
Runs3329
   
Hits6553
   
Singles4429
   
Doubles1411
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs513
   
RBI2435
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks1718
   
Strikeouts4139
   
Batting Average.294.263
   
On Base Pct.343.324
   
Slugging Pct.444.504
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.828
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Mike Moustakas
2B,3B - CIN
Mike Moustakas
News 
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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
Mike Moustakas is the poster child for betting on yourself, as he's done so in back-to-back seasons. Now he's in Cincinnati, which we know is a great hitter's venue, so he won't experience any drop-off from leaving Milwaukee. What's more, Moustakas is playing second base, which makes him even more valuable than if he only had third base eligibility like in years past. The power is real, and so is this value for Moose in 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
Moustakas is a virtual lock to hit 30+ homers with 80+ RBIs but he doesn't steal any bags and with the power will likely come a sub-optimal batting average. You could do worse in the 9th round, however, because at the very least, he is a reliable three-category contributor.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Consistent 30 home run seasons eligible at 2B and 3B in an upgraded CIncy lineup. The Moose is loose and I am owning many many shares.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
Perennially underrated. In a great hitters park he should reach 30+ homers again.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy