Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Yasiel Puig (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yasiel Puig
RF - CIN
Yasiel Puig
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
47 of 56 experts
16%
Recommended by
9 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 43
Best Rank# 19# 24
Worst Rank# 119# 108
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 76
Best Rank# 29# 69
Worst Rank# 36# 94
   
Projections 
   
Runs8574
Home Runs1427
RBI6582
Stolen Bases3414
Batting Average.287.274
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 38
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 63
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 59
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 35
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 76
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 45
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 43
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 65
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 38
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 67
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 40
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 53
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 64
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 31
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 39
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 46
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 48
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 37
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 45
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 32
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 30
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 34
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 63
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 75
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 49
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 43
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 70
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 31
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 45
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 54
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 50
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 71
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 54
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 45
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 42
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 59
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 26
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 42
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 38
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 42
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 26
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 26
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 26
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 35
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 27
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 24
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 30
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 108
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yasiel Puig
RF - CIN
Yasiel Puig
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632405
   
Runs8860
   
Hits192108
   
Singles13463
   
Doubles4321
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1223
   
RBI6063
   
Stolen Bases4515
   
Caught Stealing105
   
Walks6136
   
Strikeouts11487
   
Batting Average.304.267
   
On Base Pct.367.327
   
Slugging Pct.438.494
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.820
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yasiel Puig
RF - CIN
Yasiel Puig
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596499
   
Runs8574
   
Hits171137
   
Singles11682
   
Doubles3826
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1427
   
RBI6582
   
Stolen Bases3414
   
Caught Stealing96
   
Walks4751
   
Strikeouts104106
   
Batting Average.287.274
   
On Base Pct.339.341
   
Slugging Pct.432.495
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.836
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yasiel Puig
RF - CIN
Yasiel Puig
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 23rd
Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield had a monster game in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday. Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double, and two runs scored in the Reds' 11-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
Yasiel Puig went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a double in the Reds' 7-1 loss to the Rangers on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 15th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
Yasiel Puig went 1-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in the Reds' 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
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
Puig was a steady-if-unspectacular performer over his last two seasons in Los Angeles, settling in as a player who could hit around .265 while approaching 30 HRs and 15 SBs. He'll get a nice ballpark upgrade in his new home of Cincinnati, Ohio, and there is some belief that he will also benefit from being away from the distractions of LA, but it is hard to justify drastically raising our expectations for Puig until we see some evidence of it on the field. Don't overrate him, but he's certainly worth considering at his current ADP of 91.3.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Puig's career has been a bit of a disappointment, but even so, his last two seasons have been excellent. In that time, he has 30 homers and 18 SB per 162 games. If he is able to stay healthy, we could be looking at a further breakout to 35 and 20 thanks to a major ballpark upgrade in Cincy this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Puig has become every drafter's friend since getting shipped from the Dodgers to Reds. Although never matching the immediate high of his story-book debut, the outfielder has registered a .349 wOBA and 15 stolen bases in each of the last two seasons. Escaping the NL West juggernaut's jammed roster solidifies ample playing time, and he changes venues to one of baseball's best hitter's parks. Most projection systems forecast around 25-30 home runs with 12-16 steals while batting in the .270 vicinity. Those numbers would satisfy drafters who dip into the top 100 to snag an increasingly popular target.
Andrew Gould - 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