Whit Merrifield is a Great DFS Value on Fanduel ($3.2K) and DraftKings ($4.5K) for 8/30

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DAILY FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND PLAY OR FADE ADVICE

He is projected for 11.5 FanDuel points and 8.8 points on DraftKings. Based on the player pool average points per dollar he is worth +$982 more than $3.2K on FanDuel and +$663 more than $4.5K on DraftKings. Their may be other options (see below) who are even better values, but barring a significant lineup change consider him a strong daily fantasy play. Below are how he ranks based on projected fantasy points on both DFS platforms. Look for players with more FPs at lower salaries.

FANDUEL (2B) 8/30 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#1 Michael Chavis13.4 FD Points$2500
#2 Jose Altuve12.6 FD Points$4200
#3 Whit Merrifield11.5 FD Points$3200
#4 Ryan McMahon11.1 FD Points$3500
#5 Hanser Alberto10.7 FD Points$2800
DRAFTKINGS (2B) 8/30 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#1 Jose Altuve9.6 DK Points$5100
#2 Jonathan Villar9.4 DK Points$5000
#3 Whit Merrifield8.8 DK Points$4500
#4 Hanser Alberto8.4 DK Points$4000
#5 Ryan McMahon8.2 DK Points$4600

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REST OF SEASON OUTLOOK AND POSITION RANK

Expect Whit Merrifield to be a reliable fantasy starter the rest of the season. His 80.47 projected fantasy points puts him at #5 behind Javier Baez and ahead of Yoan Moncada. He has averaged 3 fantasy points in his past 293 games, which is slightly less than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 3.19 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#4) is better than his rank based on total fantasy points. He is owned in 100% of fantasy leagues so everyone expects him to be an elite second baseman. He is projected to be very good, but not one of the very best at his position. Whit Merrifield is expected to come up slightly short of this season-to-date's #3 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON RANK (2B) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2018
#3 Asdrubal Cabrera (56% OWN)82 FP, 2.94 per game378 FP, 147 gp, 2.57 per game (#11)
#4 Javier Baez (100% OWN)81 FP, 3.08 per game508 FP, 158 gp, 3.21 per game (#1)
#5 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)80 FP, 3.19 per game446 FP, 158 gp, 2.82 per game (#7)
#6 Yoan Moncada (98% OWN)80 FP, 2.94 per game332 FP, 149 gp, 2.22 per game (#25)
#7 Keston Hiura (88% OWN)79 FP, 2.91 per game332 FP, 149 gp, 2.22 per game (#25)

WEEK 23 AND 24 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Whit Merrifield is projected for 10.18 fantasy points in 3 games the rest of the week which is good enough to be the #2 ranked second baseman and a must start for most owners. This is projected to be a better than average week with more fantasy points per game than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season. He is ranked above Jonathan Villar but behind Jose Altuve the rest of the week. Week 24 will be slightly worse based on projected rank (#4). He is projected for 18.17 fantasy points.

8/30 TO 9/1 RANK (2B)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#1 Jose Altuve (100% OWN)10.2 FP (99% ST)3.82 FP
#2 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)10.2 FP (98% ST)3.19 FP
#3 Jonathan Villar (97% OWN)9.7 FP (84% ST)2.85 FP
#4 Daniel Murphy (92% OWN)9 FP (78% ST)2.92 FP
#5 Nick Senzel (77% OWN)8.7 FP (54% ST)2.56 FP
9/2 TO 9/8 RANK (2B)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#2 Asdrubal Cabrera (56% OWN)19 FP (39% ST)2.94 FP
#3 DJ LeMahieu (99% OWN)18.7 FP (95% ST)3.41 FP
#4 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)18.2 FP (98% ST)3.19 FP
#5 Luis Arraez (54% OWN)17.8 FP (42% ST)2.87 FP
#6 Jonathan Villar (97% OWN)17.4 FP (84% ST)2.85 FP

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Also included are actual stats from the current and last season.

WHIT MERRIFIELDFPHRRBIRBBSB
Rest of 2019803.012.817.27.74.1
-- Per Game (25 Proj)3.20.120.510.680.310.16
8/26 to 9/1 (2.9 Games)10.20.421.72.20.830.47
9/2 to 9/8 (5.6 Games)18.20.753.04.01.90.89
2019 Season4331566904017
-- Per Game (135 GP)3.20.110.490.670.300.13
2018 to 20198792712617810162
-- Per Game (293 GP)3.00.090.430.610.340.21