Whit Merrifield is a Great DFS Value on Fanduel ($3.4K) and DraftKings ($4.6K) for 8/31

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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 +$733 more than $3.4K on FanDuel and +$570 more than $4.6K 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) 8/31 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#1 Michael Chavis11.9 FD Points$2500
#2 Jose Altuve11.7 FD Points$4300
#3 Whit Merrifield11.5 FD Points$3400
#4 Ryan McMahon10.8 FD Points$3600
#5 Gleyber Torres10.6 FD Points$4100
DRAFTKINGS (2B) 8/31 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#1 Jonathan Villar10.2 DK Points$5100
#2 Whit Merrifield8.8 DK Points$4600
#3 Kevin Newman8.6 DK Points$5500
#4 Ryan McMahon8.1 DK Points$4700
#5 Hanser Alberto8 DK Points$4000

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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 76.66 projected fantasy points puts him at #6 behind Yoan Moncada and ahead of Ketel Marte. He has averaged 2.99 fantasy points in his past 294 games, which is slightly less than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 3.16 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#5) 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
#4 Javier Baez (100% OWN)78 FP, 3.08 per game508 FP, 158 gp, 3.21 per game (#1)
#5 Yoan Moncada (98% OWN)77 FP, 2.95 per game332 FP, 149 gp, 2.22 per game (#25)
#6 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)77 FP, 3.16 per game446 FP, 158 gp, 2.82 per game (#7)
#7 Ketel Marte (99% OWN)76 FP, 3.11 per game370 FP, 151 gp, 2.45 per game (#16)
#8 Keston Hiura (88% OWN)75 FP, 2.99 per game370 FP, 151 gp, 2.45 per game (#16)

WEEK 23 AND 24 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Whit Merrifield is projected for 6.55 fantasy points in 2 games the rest of the week which is good enough to be the #5 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 Daniel Murphy but behind Jonathan Villar the rest of the week. Week 24 is projected to be slightly better based on projected rank (#4). He is projected for 18.15 fantasy points.

8/31 TO 9/1 RANK (2B)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#3 Jose Altuve (100% OWN)6.7 FP (99% ST)3.89 FP
#4 Jonathan Villar (97% OWN)6.7 FP (87% ST)2.84 FP
#5 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)6.6 FP (98% ST)3.16 FP
#6 Daniel Murphy (91% OWN)6 FP (77% ST)2.89 FP
#7 Javier Baez (100% OWN)5.9 FP (98% ST)3.08 FP
9/2 TO 9/8 RANK (2B)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#2 DJ LeMahieu (99% OWN)18.7 FP (97% ST)3.35 FP
#3 Asdrubal Cabrera (57% OWN)18.2 FP (40% ST)2.93 FP
#4 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)18.1 FP (98% ST)3.16 FP
#5 Luis Arraez (54% OWN)17.8 FP (41% ST)2.87 FP
#6 Javier Baez (100% OWN)17.5 FP (98% ST)3.08 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 2019772.712.116.47.43.9
-- Per Game (24 Proj)3.20.110.500.680.310.16
8/26 to 9/1 (1.9 Games)6.60.201.01.40.550.30
9/2 to 9/8 (5.6 Games)18.10.733.14.11.90.89
2019 Season4321566904017
-- Per Game (136 GP)3.20.110.490.660.290.12
2018 to 20198782712617810162
-- Per Game (294 GP)3.00.090.430.610.340.21