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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Riley or Whit Merrifield (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
Expert
Recommendation
79%
Recommended by
34 of 43 experts
21%
Recommended by
9 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 36
Best Rank# 17# 16
Worst Rank# 66# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 43
Best Rank# 30# 30
Worst Rank# 62# 69
   
Projections 
   
Runs8986
Home Runs1232
RBI6599
Stolen Bases291
Batting Average.281.278
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 30
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 26# 32
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 31# 44
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 45
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 41
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 37# 66
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 33
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 34
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 38
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 20# 35
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 36
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 37
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 34
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 21# 22
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 31
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 27# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 44
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 35
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 39
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 27# 37
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 35
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 47
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 47
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 23# 31
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 30
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 36# 54
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 46# 51
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 25# 38
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 43
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 20# 21
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 27
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 52
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 23# 16
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 28
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 28
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 36# 30
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 37# 33
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 45# 35
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 57# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 45# 41
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 43
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats664590
   
Runs9791
   
Hits183179
   
Singles128112
   
Doubles4233
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1033
   
RBI74107
   
Stolen Bases400
   
Caught Stealing41
   
Walks4052
   
Strikeouts103168
   
Batting Average.276.303
   
On Base Pct.315.367
   
Slugging Pct.393.531
   
On-base Plus Slugging.708.898
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats609568
   
Runs8986
   
Hits171158
   
Singles12093
   
Doubles3630
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1232
   
RBI6599
   
Stolen Bases291
   
Caught Stealing61
   
Walks3950
   
Strikeouts97161
   
Batting Average.281.278
   
On Base Pct.324.337
   
Slugging Pct.411.505
   
On-base Plus Slugging.734.841
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
News 
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Kansas City's 7-6 loss the Twins on Sunday.
Luke Monaldo
Mon, May 23rd
Austin Riley went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's win against San Diego.
Chris Clegg
Sat, May 14th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBIs in Kansas City's 5-3 extra inning loss on Monday.
Luke Monaldo
Tue, May 17th
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
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in an 8-7 Kansas City victory over Colorado on Sunday.
Luke Monaldo
Mon, May 16th
Austin Riley went 2-for-4 with a home run in Monday's win against the Mets.
Chris Clegg
Mon, May 2nd
 Rockies second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI single against the Rockies on Saturday. He also stole a base, scored, and struck out. Kansas City ultimately fell to Colorado by a score of 10-4.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, May 15th
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
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a 14-10 Royals win on Friday night.
Luke Monaldo
Sat, May 14th
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 
 This late bloomer has been fantasy gold for the last five years. Merrifield stole 40 bases last season at age 32. Durability is a big plus: Merrifield hasn't missed a game in the last three years. But there are some worrisome signs of slippage. His line drive rate has been steadily dropping over the last few seasons, and he hit only two home runs last season from July 1 on. Merrifield has been a terrific value for years, but it's possible he'll be slightly overpriced in 2022 drafts.
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