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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Riley or Gary Sanchez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Riley
3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
29 of 50 experts
42%
Recommended by
21 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 117# 119
Best Rank# 36# 85
Worst Rank# 244# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 142# 215
Best Rank# 136# 199
Worst Rank# 162# 296
   
Projections 
   
Runs5569
Home Runs2627
RBI6781
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.218.247
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 133# 152
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 122# 148
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 115# 133
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 135# 149
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 108# 119
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 110# 116
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 36# 108
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 125# 128
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 116# 119
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 109# 129
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 129# 134
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 124# 134
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 117# 128
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 127
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 106# 133
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 100# 107
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 93# 109
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 124# 143
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 96# 162
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 104# 132
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 111# 128
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 86# 120
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 116# 120
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 129# 139
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 100# 107
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 47# 113
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 114# 120
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 128# 132
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 124# 133
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 117# 85
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 121# 99
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 105# 100
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 135# 103
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 115# 104
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 140# 106
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 146# 106
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 119# 112
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 117# 114
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 153# 115
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 116# 115
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 121# 115
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 121# 117
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 123# 118
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 209# 118
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 136# 118
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 121# 120
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 132# 122
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 168# 126
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 158# 145
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 244# 161
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Riley
3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats156188
   
Runs1924
   
Hits2345
   
Singles929
   
Doubles47
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs108
   
RBI2427
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks1816
   
Strikeouts6449
   
Batting Average.147.239
   
On Base Pct.253.301
   
Slugging Pct.365.415
   
On-base Plus Slugging.618.716
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Riley
3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats375498
   
Runs5569
   
Hits82123
   
Singles4270
   
Doubles1423
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs2627
   
RBI6781
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks4240
   
Strikeouts127154
   
Batting Average.218.247
   
On Base Pct.297.304
   
Slugging Pct.466.461
   
On-base Plus Slugging.763.765
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gary Sanchez
C - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Austin Riley
3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
News 
 Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez left Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays shortly after being hit on the right hand by a foul tip while catching. He was replaced at catcher by Kyle Higashioka.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, Apr 17th
Austin Riley went 1-for-4 with a single in Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
Steve Painter
Wed, Apr 14th
 Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 at the plate on Saturday afternoon as the Yankees lost to the Rays by a 4-0 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 11th
Austin Riley went 1-for-3 with a single, run scored, and a walk, in Friday's game against the Phillies.
Steve Painter
Fri, Apr 9th
 Gary Sanchez is absent from the Yankee lineup on Tuesday against the Orioles.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 6th
Austin Riley went 1-for-3 with a single in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Steve Painter
Sun, Apr 4th
 Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 at the plate and homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday, leading the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
John Aubin
Sat, Apr 3rd
Austin Riley went 1-for-2 with a single in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.
Steve Painter
Sun, Mar 28th
 Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Thursday in the Yankee's loss against the Blue Jays on Opening Day.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 1st
Austin Riley went 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Pirates.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 24th
Notes 
 If you want to credit last season's numbers, then you're going to avoid Sanchez like the plague. He batted a ridiculous .147 and struck out 36% of the time. When Sanchez did hit the ball, he still hit it really, really hard, like he always has. But he just simply can't stop himself from swinging (13.8% swinging strike rate), and especially from swinging outside the zone (31.5% O-Swing%, which was actually better than his career rate). It wasn't that long ago that Sanchez was one of the top catchers drafted, and he's still just 28 years old. If he can just cut down on his whiffs, he can easily be a top-five catcher, so buy him for his upside, while also making sure to focus on batting average elsewhere.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Riley made some notable gains last year after he looked like he might fall out of fantasy-relevance entirely with the way he closed his 2019 season. He essentially traded off some power for contact, as his swing percentage dropped, his contact rate increased, and he improved on both his walk and strikeout rates. Although there was some question as to whether the Braves would add another third baseman in free agency, it appears they're content to roll with Riley to begin the year. That should make him a cheap source of power for fantasy, one whose batting average (.262 xBA last year) won't hurt you too badly.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 There isn't a lot of positive things to say about Sanchez other than that this is easily the cheapest he has ever been as a fantasy baseball player. He hit 34 homers back in 2019, which is an achievement perhaps no other catcher can be expected to match this year. He's going late enough in drafts that there isn't much downside to taking him. I'd rather risk it with Sanchez (and play the waiver wire if he doesn't work out) than draft one of the first few backstops where the opportunity cost for other positions is much higher.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros