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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Paul Goldschmidt (2023)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B,DH - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - TOR
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
24 of 24 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 24 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 118
Best Rank# 12# 92
Worst Rank# 27# 164
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 177
Best Rank# 19# 122
Worst Rank# 26# 230
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 114
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 93
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 23
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 121
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 114
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 115
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 18# 128
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 22# 122
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 133
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 23# 124
   
Pierre Camus
Fantasy Endgame
# 19# 148
   
Keith Lott
Fantasy Six Pack
# 16# 133
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 18# 128
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 118
   
Jacob W. Dunne
Triple Play Fantasy
# 20# 116
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 20# 121
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 15# 108
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 12# 92
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 15# 101
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 19# 106
   
Jesse Garcia
FantasyPros
# 21# 123
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 164
   
Kelly Kirby
FantasyPros
# 20# 121
   
Blake Meyer
Sports Gambling Podcast Network
# 13# 164
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B,DH - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - TOR
Whit Merrifield
2022 Stats 
   
   
At Bats561504
   
Runs10670
   
Hits178124
   
Singles10284
   
Doubles4128
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs3511
   
RBI11558
   
Stolen Bases716
   
Caught Stealing05
   
Walks7938
   
Strikeouts14185
   
Batting Average.317.246
   
On Base Pct.404.295
   
Slugging Pct.578.371
   
On-base Plus Slugging.981.666
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B,DH - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - TOR
Whit Merrifield
News 
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Notes 
 Paul Goldschmidt won the NL MVP in 2022, putting together a strong campaign that saw him hit 35 HR with 115 RBI and 105 runs while slashing .317/.404/.578 in his age-34 season. Strangely, all of his underlying metrics were actually worse in 2022 than in 2021 with the exception of his BB% bouncing from 9.9 to 12.1. One striking reason for this was a .368 BABIP, while another was facing a lot of atrocious pitching in the NL Central. His Statcast page reads like a warning when comparing his expected numbers with his actual ones. All of this adds up to that Goldy is due for some regression in 2023, which could be dramatic. The positives are his solid floor, and a good surrounding lineup will keep the numbers afloat. Just make sure you're not paying for his MVP iteration on draft day.
Kelly Kirby - FantasyPros