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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Starling Marte (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Starling Marte
CF - OAK
Starling Marte
Expert
Recommendation
65%
Recommended by
33 of 51 experts
35%
Recommended by
18 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 28
Best Rank# 16# 18
Worst Rank# 56# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 41# 53
Best Rank# 28# 42
Worst Rank# 44# 58
   
Projections 
   
Runs9085
Home Runs1619
RBI6871
Stolen Bases2524
Batting Average.285.278
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 24# 27
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 17# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 44
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 28# 29
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 29# 34
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 41
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 23# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 28# 33
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 37# 44
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 29# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 31
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 28# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 29# 35
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 28# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 29
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 29# 32
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 30
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 28# 47
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 33# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 24# 27
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 27
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 28# 44
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 32# 56
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 32# 33
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 24# 27
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 33# 39
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 16# 24
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 26# 35
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 29# 30
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 25# 32
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 29
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 29# 20
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 29# 28
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 29# 23
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 30# 27
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 29
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 30# 28
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 26
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 23
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 34# 30
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 36# 31
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 18
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 38# 23
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 39# 27
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 41# 35
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 21
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 42# 19
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 56# 33
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 56# 32
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Starling Marte
CF - OAK
Starling Marte
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats248228
   
Runs3836
   
Hits7164
   
Singles5043
   
Doubles1214
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs96
   
RBI3127
   
Stolen Bases1210
   
Caught Stealing32
   
Walks1212
   
Strikeouts3341
   
Batting Average.286.281
   
On Base Pct.328.340
   
Slugging Pct.444.430
   
On-base Plus Slugging.772.770
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Starling Marte
CF - OAK
Starling Marte
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats614568
   
Runs9085
   
Hits174157
   
Singles118104
   
Doubles3530
   
Triples44
   
Home Runs1619
   
RBI6871
   
Stolen Bases2524
   
Caught Stealing87
   
Walks4231
   
Strikeouts107112
   
Batting Average.285.278
   
On Base Pct.332.316
   
Slugging Pct.435.445
   
On-base Plus Slugging.767.761
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Starling Marte
CF - OAK
Starling Marte
News 
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a walk and a RBI single during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Oct 2nd
Starling Marte went 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run in the Athletics 10-4 loss on Saturday against Houston.
Ari Koslow
Sun, Oct 3rd
 Whit Merrifield went 0-for-2 with two RBI during Friday's 3-1 win over the Tigers.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Sep 25th
Starling Marte went 0-for-5 with one RBI and two strikeouts in the Athletics 4-3 win on Sunday against Houston.
Ari Koslow
Sun, Sep 26th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-1 loss in Cleveland.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 22nd
Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with one RBI and two strikeouts in the Athletics 2-1 win on Saturday against Houston.
Ari Koslow
Sun, Sep 26th
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a RBI during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 15th
Starling Marte went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs in the Athletics 14-2 win on Friday against Houston.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Sep 25th
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored during Wednesday's 9-8 loss in Baltimore.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 9th
Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with one strikeout in the Athletics 4-1 loss against the Marinrs on Wednesday.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Sep 23rd
Notes 
 Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Marte's getting a little old for a player to rely on for stolen bases, and although fantasy managers need to start lowering their expectations as he enters his age-32 season, there should be enough left in the tank for him to be productive. He ranked in the top 11% in sprint speed last year and was caught stealing just twice in 10 attempts. The quality of his contact declined fairly significantly, however, and considering he now plays in Miami, anything more than 15 home runs should be considered gravy. But he'll likely continue to chip in for all five rotisserie categories and be an asset in both stolen bases and batting average, two difficult categories to fill. Again, temper expectations a bit against his historical production, but fantasy managers can still draft him with confidence.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros