Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Tommy Pham (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
55 of 59 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 42
Best Rank# 19# 24
Worst Rank# 119# 82
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 72
Best Rank# 29# 60
Worst Rank# 36# 73
   
Projections 
   
Runs8591
Home Runs1422
RBI6571
Stolen Bases3417
Batting Average.287.272
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 44
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 39
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 46
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 34
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 38
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 44
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 36
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 24
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 73
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 47
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 51
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 36
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 55
   
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The Athletic
# 50# 81
   
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CBS Sports
# 24# 49
   
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 53
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
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# 31# 50
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 42
   
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FantasyPros
# 24# 39
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 77
   
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The Athletic
# 27# 36
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 39
   
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The Athletic
# 25# 36
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 54
   
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Fake Teams
# 25# 38
   
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Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 46
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 41
   
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Sporfolio
# 30# 34
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 51
   
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Pitcher List
# 28# 36
   
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RotoBaller
# 36# 45
   
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RotoBaller
# 27# 41
   
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FantasyPros
# 41# 57
   
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FanGraphs
# 19# 36
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 42
   
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Razzball
# 23# 37
   
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FantasyPros
# 23# 47
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 45
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 31
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 62
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 58
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 47
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 44
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 49
   
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Fantrax
# 22# 34
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 34
   
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BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 34
   
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Fake Teams
# 23# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 36
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 40
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 30
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 41
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 26
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 82
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632494
   
Runs88102
   
Hits192136
   
Singles13491
   
Doubles4318
   
Triples36
   
Home Runs1221
   
RBI6063
   
Stolen Bases4515
   
Caught Stealing107
   
Walks6167
   
Strikeouts114140
   
Batting Average.304.275
   
On Base Pct.367.367
   
Slugging Pct.438.464
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.830
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596508
   
Runs8591
   
Hits171138
   
Singles11690
   
Doubles3822
   
Triples44
   
Home Runs1422
   
RBI6571
   
Stolen Bases3417
   
Caught Stealing96
   
Walks4769
   
Strikeouts104146
   
Batting Average.287.272
   
On Base Pct.339.359
   
Slugging Pct.432.462
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.820
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 23rd
Tommy Pham went 5-for-6 with a two-run double, a stolen base and three runs scored to lead the Rays to an 8-7 victory over the Dodgers in extra innings on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 19th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 in an 8-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
Tommy Pham went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and scored two runs as the Rays beat the Angels by an 11-4 score on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
 Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
Tommy Pham went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run while also driving in a run on Wednesday as the Rays lost to the Rangers by a 10-9 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 12th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
Tommy Pham left Thursday's game with right forearm tightness, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 6th
 Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Tommy Pham went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a stolen base in Monday's win against Baltimore.
John Aubin
Tue, Sep 3rd
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
Despite playing 34 fewer games than Andrew Benintendi over the last two seasons, Pham has outplayed him from a fantasy perspective. Pham is being drafted four rounds later and is coming off one of the best second-halfs in the MLB
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
After breaking out in 2017 with a .306 average, 23 HRs, and 25 SBs, Pham's numbers were down through nearly 100 games in 2018 before he was traded to Tampa, where he finished with a flurry. The end result was a perfectly respectable .275/102/21/63/15 roto line that was good enough to rank 16th among outfielders. Pham may strike out a bit too much to be a true .300 hitter, but he isn't a batting average liability, and there is no reason he can't again go 20-20 as long as the Rays continue to give him the green light on the base paths. He is a bit of an injury risk, but has shown he can make a big impact in 130-140 games.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Despite batting .248/.331/.399 with a .323 wOBA prior to the Cardinals trading him, Pham's .283 xBA and .364 xwOBA called for a rebound. He did just that and more, going .343/.448/.622 In 39 games with the Rays. Put it all together, and he was one of eight hitters to hit at least .275 with 20 homers and 15 steals. There's room for more across the board, as he recorded MLB's third-best hard-hit rate (48.5%) last season and poached 25 bags in 2017.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros