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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Riley or Miguel Sano (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Miguel Sano
1B,3B,DH - MIN
Miguel Sano
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
37 of 51 experts
27%
Recommended by
14 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 107# 119
Best Rank# 85# 85
Worst Rank# 167# 172
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 177# 215
Best Rank# 171# 199
Worst Rank# 206# 296
   
Projections 
   
Runs8269
Home Runs3627
RBI8981
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.230.247
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 99# 152
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 108# 148
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 111# 133
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 103# 149
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 85# 106
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 92# 119
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 104# 116
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 104# 108
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 85# 118
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 108# 128
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 101# 119
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 100# 129
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 125# 134
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 100# 122
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 106# 126
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 101# 114
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 106# 134
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 99# 128
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 120
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 105# 117
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 88# 115
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 95# 109
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 115# 172
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 108# 162
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 95# 132
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 106# 128
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 117# 120
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 115# 120
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 103# 120
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 133# 161
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 107# 118
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 126# 139
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 88# 104
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 105# 115
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 92# 120
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 126# 132
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 104# 133
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 92# 85
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 108# 99
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 108# 100
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 112# 103
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 117# 106
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 120# 107
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 123# 107
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 114# 112
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 156# 113
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 118# 115
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 133# 118
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 136# 133
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 145# 143
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 167# 145
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Miguel Sano
1B,3B,DH - MIN
Miguel Sano
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats186188
   
Runs3124
   
Hits3845
   
Singles1329
   
Doubles127
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs138
   
RBI2527
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks1816
   
Strikeouts9049
   
Batting Average.204.239
   
On Base Pct.278.301
   
Slugging Pct.479.415
   
On-base Plus Slugging.757.716
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Miguel Sano
1B,3B,DH - MIN
Miguel Sano
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats505498
   
Runs8269
   
Hits115123
   
Singles5370
   
Doubles2523
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs3627
   
RBI8981
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks6440
   
Strikeouts216154
   
Batting Average.230.247
   
On Base Pct.318.304
   
Slugging Pct.497.461
   
On-base Plus Slugging.814.765
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Miguel Sano
1B,3B,DH - MIN
Miguel Sano
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
News 
 Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano went 1-for-4 with a homer, two runs, and a walk in a 7-3 win over Toronto on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 17th
Austin Riley went 3-for-5 with three doubles, three RBI, and a run scored against the Diamondbacks Monday.
Steve Painter
Tue, Sep 21st
 Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer in a 12-3 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 16th
Austin Riley went 2-for-5 with two singles and a run scored against the Rockies Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 16th
 Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 13th
Austin Riley went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored against the Marlins Friday.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 10th
 Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk in a 4-1 loss to Cleveland on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 9th
Austin Riley went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, a walk, and an additional RBI in Sunday's game against the Rockies.
Steve Painter
Sun, Sep 5th
 Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 3-0 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 9th
Austin Riley went 2-for-3 with a two-run double, a single, a walk, and a run scored in Thursday's game against the Rockies.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 3rd
Notes 
 Sano has always had one of the worst strikeout rates in the majors, but his 43.9% mark in 2020 was awful even by his standards. That's always the risk with Sano - that his strikeout rate is going to bring his batting average down to close to .200, where he'll almost single-handedly tank you in that category. The upside of course is that he absolutely crushes the ball, as evident by the fact that he was no worse than second in baseball in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and barrel rate last year. Sano's contract with the Twins shows they're committed to him, so he should hopefully be beyond concerns of getting sent down to the minors if he struggles. That puts Sano in the high-power, low-average bucket of sluggers, but one who goes much later in drafts than others who will provide similar production.
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