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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Meadows or J.T. Realmuto (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
38 of 43 experts
12%
Recommended by
5 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 57# 81
Best Rank# 14# 61
Worst Rank# 111# 116
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 56# 135
Best Rank# 44# 124
Worst Rank# 78# 145
   
Projections 
   
Runs7675
Home Runs2126
RBI7784
Stolen Bases116
Batting Average.262.250
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 64# 74
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 89
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 65# 71
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 46# 82
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 62# 76
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 28# 109
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 75# 85
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 30# 106
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 61# 66
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 51# 75
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 53# 77
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 54# 79
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 59# 106
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 53# 76
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 69# 76
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 87
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 58# 80
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 67# 73
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 49# 67
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 57# 78
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 56# 73
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 50# 78
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 65# 67
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 32# 89
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 60# 80
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 50# 85
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 32# 91
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 18# 103
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 51# 73
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 49# 107
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 71# 82
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 14# 81
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 65# 69
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 53# 94
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 75# 112
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 61# 116
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 65# 99
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 100
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 78# 61
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 88# 63
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 111# 66
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 85# 78
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 103
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats476518
   
Runs6479
   
Hits125120
   
Singles7961
   
Doubles2529
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1727
   
RBI73106
   
Stolen Bases134
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks4859
   
Strikeouts129122
   
Batting Average.263.232
   
On Base Pct.343.313
   
Slugging Pct.439.456
   
On-base Plus Slugging.782.769
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats505497
   
Runs7675
   
Hits133124
   
Singles8268
   
Doubles2627
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs2126
   
RBI7784
   
Stolen Bases116
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks4754
   
Strikeouts133123
   
Batting Average.262.250
   
On Base Pct.325.323
   
Slugging Pct.450.468
   
On-base Plus Slugging.776.791
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
News 
 J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a solo home run on Thursday against the Braves.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 26th
Austin Meadows (vertigo) does not have a timeline for a return. Tigers manager AJ Hinch said today that "We're very concerned with what's going on with Austin."
Vince DiSilvio
Sun, May 22nd
 J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored on Monday against the Braves.
Dan Harris
Tue, May 24th
The Tigers will be placing Austin Meadows on the 10-day IL with an inner ear infection, according to A.J. Hinch.
Dan Harris
Sun, May 15th
 J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Wednesday against the Padres.
Dan Harris
Wed, May 18th
Austin Meadows was removed from Sunday’s game against the Orioles for undisclosed reasons.
Dan Harris
Sun, May 15th
 J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with two RBI on Monday against the Mariners.
Dan Harris
Tue, May 10th
Tigers OF Austin Meadows (inner ear infection) is not in the lineup for Detroit’s afternoon matchup against the Baltimore Orioles.
Chris Schommer
Sat, May 14th
 J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored on Tuesday against the Rangers.
Dan Harris
Tue, May 3rd
Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows is dealing with an inner ear infection.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, May 13th
Notes 
 Some of us still want to think of the 28-year-old Realmuto, who was the best catcher in baseball. But he's entering his age-31 season and is likely on the downside of his career. Catchers tend to fall off precipitously after age 30, so Realmuto will have to stave off Father Time. Double-digit steals from the catcher slot are always a bonus for fantasy managers, but Realmuto is no longer a catcher for whom you should reach. The Phillies' lineup is full of holes and won't provide much support outside of Bryce Harper. However, the universal DH rule adds to Realmuto's value. He'll get more at bats and more rest for his legs. He's still a great option at catcher. Just don't reach.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
On the one hand, Meadows largely bounced back from the horror story that was the abbreviated 2020 season. His strikeout rate normalized, his power returned, and his playing time stabilized. The glaring exception was that he could not correct his sudden struggles against lefties. In 2019, Meadows slashed .275/.316/.521 against southpaws. Last year, he slashed just .198/.270/.293 against them. Even if Meadows's overall numbers are passable, it seems unlikely that a team like the Rays are going to let a player who is merely an average defender continue to keep an everyday job when he's virtually useless against left-handed throwers. That would still leave Meadows on the strong side of a platoon, but if he does begin to sit more regularly, his counting stats will take a hit, and fantasy managers should be aware of that before they select him in their drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros