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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Tim Anderson (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
34 of 50 experts
32%
Recommended by
16 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 28
Best Rank# 15# 16
Worst Rank# 44# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 45# 41
Best Rank# 41# 28
Worst Rank# 53# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs9390
Home Runs2216
RBI7068
Stolen Bases1825
Batting Average.289.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 26
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 19# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 25# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 42# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 27# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 25# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 29# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 17# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 21# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 19# 29
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 19# 56
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 22# 29
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 26# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 28# 33
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 26
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 23# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 24# 29
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 23# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 22# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 27# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 32
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 20# 24
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 25# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 28# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 24# 38
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 28# 29
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 21# 16
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 27# 17
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 22# 21
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 25# 23
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 30# 24
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 31# 25
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 26
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 30# 28
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 34# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 32# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 28
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 30
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 42# 33
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 37
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 44# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats208248
   
Runs4538
   
Hits6771
   
Singles4550
   
Doubles1112
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs109
   
RBI2131
   
Stolen Bases512
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks1012
   
Strikeouts5033
   
Batting Average.322.286
   
On Base Pct.358.328
   
Slugging Pct.529.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.886.772
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596614
   
Runs9390
   
Hits171174
   
Singles114118
   
Doubles3235
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs2216
   
RBI7068
   
Stolen Bases1825
   
Caught Stealing58
   
Walks2742
   
Strikeouts141107
   
Batting Average.289.285
   
On Base Pct.320.332
   
Slugging Pct.464.435
   
On-base Plus Slugging.784.767
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Tim Anderson
SS - CWS
Tim Anderson
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 The White Sox activated SS Tim Anderson (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 15th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Angels.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 14th
 White Sox manager Tony La Russa expects SS Tim Anderson (hamstring) to return when first eligible on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Apr 12th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, one walk and one stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 11th
 The White Sox placed Tim Anderson on the 10-day IL with a strained left hamstring on Wednesday. The move is retroactive to April 5.
Dan Harris
Wed, Apr 7th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and one walk in Monday’s 3-0 win over the Indians.
Brad Camara
Mon, Apr 5th
 White Sox SS Tim Anderson (hamstring) is absent from Monday's lineup.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Apr 5th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, four RBI and an additional run scored in Saturday’s 11-4 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Apr 3rd
 White Sox SS Tim Anderson exited Sunday’s game against the Angels early with a tight hamstring. The injury isn’t believed to be serious.
Brad Camara
Mon, Apr 5th
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored during Thursday's 14-10 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Fri, Apr 2nd
Notes 
 Anderson doesn't seem like he should be that valuable in fantasy. He doesn't have a ton of power, he rarely walks, and his quality of contact is nothing to write home about. But he's hit .335 and .322 the last two seasons, and although both numbers significantly surpass his xBA, it's clear that Anderson is going to be a plus value in that category. He won't excel in any other area, but he will chip in about 20 homers and 15-20 steals which, along with his batting average, makes him an excellent value given that his ADP is always in check.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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