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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Riley or Salvador Perez (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
27 of 43 experts
37%
Recommended by
16 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 32# 36
Best Rank# 9# 16
Worst Rank# 81# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 29# 43
Best Rank# 26# 30
Worst Rank# 49# 69
   
Projections 
   
Runs7486
Home Runs3632
RBI9899
Stolen Bases11
Batting Average.267.278
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 30# 32
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 28# 44
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 28# 45
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 41
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 54# 66
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 33
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 34
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 31# 38
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 32# 35
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 25# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 30# 41
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 28# 36
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 26# 34
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 31# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 28# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 44
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 28# 39
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 34# 37
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 29# 35
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 24# 47
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 10# 43
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 31
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 33# 54
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 9# 51
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 27# 43
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 26# 27
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 52
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 38# 16
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 28# 21
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 29# 22
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 28
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 29# 28
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 30
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 30
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 35# 30
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 34# 31
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 39# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 61# 35
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 35
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 45# 37
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 51# 38
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 81# 47
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats620590
   
Runs8891
   
Hits169179
   
Singles97112
   
Doubles2433
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs4833
   
RBI121107
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks2852
   
Strikeouts170168
   
Batting Average.273.303
   
On Base Pct.316.367
   
Slugging Pct.544.531
   
On-base Plus Slugging.859.898
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats541568
   
Runs7486
   
Hits145158
   
Singles8393
   
Doubles2530
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs3632
   
RBI9899
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks2550
   
Strikeouts142161
   
Batting Average.267.278
   
On Base Pct.300.337
   
Slugging Pct.513.505
   
On-base Plus Slugging.813.841
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Salvador Perez
C,DH - KC
Salvador Perez
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
News 
 Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Rockies on Saturday. He also struck out once in the contest. Kansas City ultimately fell to Colorado by a score of 10-4.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, May 15th
Austin Riley went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's win against San Diego.
Chris Clegg
Sat, May 14th
 Salvador Perez with 2-for-6 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in a 14-10 Royals win in Colorado on Friday.
Luke Monaldo
Sat, May 14th
Austin Riley went 1-for-3 with a double on Wednesday against the Red Sox, but is now slashing just .171/.310/.286 in the month of May.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 12th
 Kansas City Royals DH Salvador Perez went 1-for-4 at the plate on Thursday, hitting an RBI single in the Royals' 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
Josh Thiessen
Fri, May 13th
Austin Riley went 2-for-4 with a home run in Monday's win against the Mets.
Chris Clegg
Mon, May 2nd
 Salvador Perez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Kansas City' 8-2 win against he Rangers on Wednesday.
Luke Monaldo
Thu, May 12th
Austin Riley went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Friday's win against the Rangers.
Chris Clegg
Sat, Apr 30th
 Salvador Perez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a 6-4 Royals loss to Texas on Tuesday.
Luke Monaldo
Wed, May 11th
Atlanta Braves 3B Austin Riley went 3-for-5 at the plate on Sunday, hitting a two run homer along with two doubles in the Braves' 5-4 loss to the Marlins.
Josh Thiessen
Mon, Apr 25th
Notes 
 Perez tied for the MLB lead with 48 home runs in 2021 and had a league-leading 121 RBI. After missing the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery and playing 37 of 60 games in 2020, Perez played 161 games last year (40 as a DH) and went to the plate 665 times. He's bound to get fewer PAs this season, and some HR pullback is probably inevitable, but the Statcast numbers show that Perez crushes the ball when he makes contact. His career batting averages have been all over the map, and he doesn't run, but the power and run production are legit. Perez deserves to be the first catcher off the board, but he might be drafted too early after last season's homer-fest.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
Riley's value swings wildly depending on whether you play in an OBP league or a BA league. In the former, he's a four category stud. In the latter, he's a slightly overvalued three category asset. The young slugger should continue to get better, but reaching last year's ceiling may not be realistic. Kim Kardashian has a better chance of winning an Oscar for Best Actress than Riley does of equaling his 2021 second-half .397 BABIP. That said, while you don't want to reach for him based on his RBI numbers last year, the 3B position isn't as deep as usual, so Riley isn't a bad pick in the fifth or sixth round.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros