Whit Merrifield is a Great DFS Value on Fanduel ($3.4K) and DraftKings ($4.7K) for 9/1

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DAILY FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND PLAY OR FADE ADVICE

He is projected for 12.3 FanDuel points and 9.4 points on DraftKings. Based on the player pool average points per dollar he is worth +$1196 more than $3.4K on FanDuel and +$754 more than $4.7K 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) 9/1 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#1 Whit Merrifield12.3 FD Points$3400
#2 Jose Altuve11.6 FD Points$4300
#3 Jeff McNeil11 FD Points$3000
#4 Gleyber Torres10.5 FD Points$4000
#5 Jurickson Profar10.5 FD Points$3100
DRAFTKINGS (2B) 9/1 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#1 Whit Merrifield9.4 DK Points$4700
#2 Jonathan Villar9.4 DK Points$5200
#3 Kevin Newman9 DK Points$5500
#4 Jose Altuve8.8 DK Points$5300
#5 Mike Moustakas8.6 DK Points$4300

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REST OF SEASON OUTLOOK AND POSITION RANK

Based on our latest projection, you can expect Whit Merrifield to be an elite fantasy starter the rest of the season. His 74.05 projected fantasy points puts him at #4 behind Yoan Moncada and ahead of Ketel Marte. He has averaged 2.98 fantasy points in his past 295 games, which is slightly less than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 3.18 fantasy points. His rank based on average projected points is the same as 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 live up to these high expectations. 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
#2 DJ LeMahieu (99% OWN)76 FP, 3.38 per game383 FP, 127 gp, 3.02 per game (#2)
#3 Yoan Moncada (98% OWN)75 FP, 2.98 per game332 FP, 149 gp, 2.22 per game (#22)
#4 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)74 FP, 3.18 per game446 FP, 158 gp, 2.82 per game (#7)
#5 Ketel Marte (99% OWN)74 FP, 3.14 per game370 FP, 151 gp, 2.45 per game (#14)
#6 Luis Arraez (53% OWN)72 FP, 2.87 per game370 FP, 151 gp, 2.45 per game (#14)

WEEK 23 AND 24 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Whit Merrifield is projected for 3.44 fantasy points in one game 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 slightly better than average game with more fantasy points than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season. He is ranked above Jose Altuve but behind Kolten Wong the rest of the week. Week 24 will be slightly worse based on projected rank (#4). He is projected for 18.25 fantasy points.

9/1 TO 9/1 RANK (2B)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#1 Kolten Wong (45% OWN)4.56 FP (27% ST)2.75 FP
#2 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)3.44 FP (98% ST)3.18 FP
#3 Jose Altuve (100% OWN)3.33 FP (99% ST)3.84 FP
#4 Jeff McNeil (96% OWN)3.27 FP (73% ST)3.21 FP
#5 Yoan Moncada (98% OWN)3.26 FP (76% ST)2.98 FP
9/2 TO 9/8 RANK (2B)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#2 Eric Sogard (38% OWN)18.5 FP (27% ST)2.91 FP
#3 DJ LeMahieu (99% OWN)18.4 FP (97% ST)3.38 FP
#4 Whit Merrifield (100% OWN)18.2 FP (98% ST)3.18 FP
#5 Luis Arraez (53% OWN)18.1 FP (39% ST)2.87 FP
#6 Ronny Rodriguez (4% OWN)17.5 FP (3% ST)2.67 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 2019742.712.015.97.33.7
-- Per Game (23 Proj)3.20.110.510.680.310.16
8/26 to 9/1 (1 Game)3.40.100.530.740.260.15
9/2 to 9/8 (5.6 Games)18.20.763.14.11.90.88
2019 Season4341568904117
-- Per Game (137 GP)3.20.110.500.660.300.12
2018 to 20198802712817810262
-- Per Game (295 GP)3.00.090.430.600.350.21