Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Xander Bogaerts (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
44 of 59 experts
25%
Recommended by
15 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 31
Best Rank# 19# 17
Worst Rank# 119# 64
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 45
Best Rank# 29# 40
Worst Rank# 36# 54
   
Projections 
   
Runs8588
Home Runs1421
RBI6591
Stolen Bases3410
Batting Average.287.288
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 31
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 29
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 47
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 44
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 38
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 29
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 28
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 29
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 34
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 39
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 28
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 29
   
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FantasyPros
# 24# 29
   
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Razzball
# 34# 40
   
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The Athletic
# 27# 30
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 32
   
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
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Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 37
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 34
   
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Sporfolio
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Pitcher List
# 28# 30
   
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RotoBaller
# 36# 38
   
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RotoBaller
# 27# 35
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 31
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 33
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 33
   
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FantasyPros
# 23# 35
   
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RotoBaller
# 34# 36
   
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FantasyPros
# 25# 33
   
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Razzball
# 28# 33
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 31
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 34
   
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SportsLine
# 34# 37
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 34
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 35
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 33
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 30
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 33
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 17
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 21
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 30
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 23
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 24
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 28
   
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FanGraphs
# 37# 31
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 32
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 22
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 29
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 34
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 59
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 64
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632513
   
Runs8872
   
Hits192148
   
Singles13477
   
Doubles4345
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs1223
   
RBI60103
   
Stolen Bases458
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks6155
   
Strikeouts114102
   
Batting Average.304.289
   
On Base Pct.367.360
   
Slugging Pct.438.522
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.883
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596570
   
Runs8588
   
Hits171164
   
Singles116101
   
Doubles3838
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1421
   
RBI6591
   
Stolen Bases3410
   
Caught Stealing93
   
Walks4757
   
Strikeouts104111
   
Batting Average.287.288
   
On Base Pct.339.352
   
Slugging Pct.432.477
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.829
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a steal in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 29th
Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Orioles by a 9-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 29th
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Friday's loss to Baltimore.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 28th
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run as the Red Sox lost to the Rays in extra innings.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 22nd
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 as he singled twice and drove in three runs Thursday in the win against the Giants.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 20th
 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
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-6 with two walks on Tuesday as the Red Sox lost to the Giants in a game that went 15 innings.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
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
Xander has been around for so long that it is easy to forget he is still just 26 years old. Although there have been periods of disappointment in the past, Bogaerts still has averaged 15 homers, 91 runs, 84 RBIs and a .295 BA over the last four seasons. Add in that 2018 was his best yet and we may be looking at another big step forward this season
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
Bogaerts doesn't have the pure upside of some of the other top shortstops, but he is a steady across-the-board performer who has finished as a top-50 overall player in standard roto leagues in three of the last four seasons. With a strong approach at the plate and a terrific team situation, he is a good bet to again finish ahead of some of the other players drafted before him.
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
Other elite shortstop peers have passed Bogaerts by, but he rebounded from a 2017 mired by a wrist injury to hit a quiet .288/.360/.522 with 23 homers and 103 RBI. He set career-highs in walks, hard-hit rate, barrels, and launch angle in his age-25 season, so drafters should believe in his power surge. This is the player everyone has wanted for years, but the five-category contributor-swinging in the heart of a loaded lineup-will slip to the fourth or fifth round due to a lack of elite power and speed.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros