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Who Should I Draft?

Yordan Alvarez or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
87%
Recommended by
39 of 45 experts
13%
Recommended by
6 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 23# 40
Best Rank# 16# 13
Worst Rank# 39# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 38# 47
Best Rank# 33# 41
Worst Rank# 51# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3132
Home Runs135
RBI3823
Stolen Bases18
Batting Average.290.292
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 30# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 22# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 28# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 17# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 41
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 38
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 26# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 28# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 127
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 24# 31
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 21# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 69
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 33# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 22# 39
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 17# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 28# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 22# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 29# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 33# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 16# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 24# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 19# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 19# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 59
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 18# 27
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 25# 42
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 23# 29
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 25# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 23# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 24# 93
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 20# 19
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 24
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 35# 13
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 36# 25
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 27
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 39# 37
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats313681
   
Runs58105
   
Hits98206
   
Singles45139
   
Doubles2641
   
Triples010
   
Home Runs2716
   
RBI7874
   
Stolen Bases020
   
Caught Stealing010
   
Walks5245
   
Strikeouts94126
   
Batting Average.313.303
   
On Base Pct.412.348
   
Slugging Pct.655.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.067.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats178221
   
Runs3132
   
Hits5265
   
Singles2743
   
Doubles1114
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs135
   
RBI3823
   
Stolen Bases18
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks2516
   
Strikeouts5140
   
Batting Average.290.292
   
On Base Pct.379.341
   
Slugging Pct.569.442
   
On-base Plus Slugging.948.783
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 The Astros placed Yordan Alvarez on the injured list for undisclosed reasons.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 13th
 
 Yordan Alvarez has not yet made an appearance at Astros summer camp.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 12th
 
 Yordan Alvarez (personal) hasn’t arrived in Houston for spring training 2.0 due to personal reasons.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 3rd
 
 The Astros are planning to have Yordan Alvarez play the field more often in 2020.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Mar 21st
 
 Astros manager Dusty Baker says Yordan Alvarez (knee) will not play on Wednesday as previously scheduled.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
 
Notes 
 Ignore the eligibility concerns. Ignore the cheating scandal. Don't totally ignore the knees, but do pay attention to the results. Alvarez put on a historic performance last year across the majors and minors, and there's really nothing to his profile that suggests it wasn't all legit. Before last season, he was really good in the minors, but not quite this good. Fortunately, we can chalk that up to another year of development. Alvarez won't give you steals, but the rest of the numbers are up there with the elite options in fantasy. Yeah, we're talking about a top-five pick if he does it again. He has the pedigree, and he's had the success early in his career.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Fool me once, right? Those who invested heavily in Whit Merrifield in 2019 were disappointed, as he failed to replicate the stolen base numbers that he gave you in 2018. He's a non-zero in power, but unless the steals return to 40-plus, which is unlikely for a 31-year-old, he's going to fail to give you the production that you want. There are better options at both second base and outfield that you can comfortably pass on Merrifield for.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 It was just an 87 game sample size but in that time, Yordan was clearly one of the top five hitters in baseball. He won't steal any bags, but 50 homers, 140 RBIs and a .320 batting average is within the realm of realistic possibilities. He comes with some risk, however, since we haven't seen it for an extended time.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Yordan is getting the sophomore discount, meaning you don't have to pay up to get top five player potential. If all goes well, Alvarez will be a monster in all areas except SBs. Perfect third round pick if looking for upside and power. Hits the ball ridiculously hard.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
SOME power and above average speed makes me more bullish on Merrifield than the consensus. Stolen bases are becoming more and more rare, but the Royals were second in SB in 2019. That enhances Merrifields stature in my rankings as well.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
  His drop in SBs and SB success rate keeps him out of the top 5 2B for me this season. Safe pick at ADP as there is no real breakout potential.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy