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Who Should I Draft?

Josh Donaldson or Austin Riley (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
45 of 51 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 99# 119
Best Rank# 66# 85
Worst Rank# 146# 172
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 176# 215
Best Rank# 149# 199
Worst Rank# 196# 296
   
Projections 
   
Runs7669
Home Runs2727
RBI7481
Stolen Bases31
Batting Average.248.247
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 86# 152
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 148
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 99# 133
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 146# 149
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 100# 106
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 94# 119
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 96# 116
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 66# 108
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 99
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 108# 118
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 99# 128
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 102# 119
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 92# 129
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 85# 134
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 91# 122
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 107# 126
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 94# 114
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 107# 134
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 95# 128
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 94# 106
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 96
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 98# 117
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 88# 133
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 95# 115
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 104# 109
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 123# 143
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 77# 118
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 104# 172
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 100# 162
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 103# 112
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 103# 145
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 115# 132
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 103# 128
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 97# 120
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 91# 120
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 94# 120
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 95# 161
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 95# 118
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 116# 139
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 74# 107
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 94# 104
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 95# 115
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 109# 113
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 104# 120
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 99# 132
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 106# 103
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 116# 115
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 117# 107
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 118# 85
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 119# 100
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 136# 133
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats81188
   
Runs1424
   
Hits1845
   
Singles1029
   
Doubles27
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs68
   
RBI1127
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks1816
   
Strikeouts2449
   
Batting Average.222.239
   
On Base Pct.373.301
   
Slugging Pct.469.415
   
On-base Plus Slugging.842.716
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats459498
   
Runs7669
   
Hits112123
   
Singles6170
   
Doubles2323
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs2727
   
RBI7481
   
Stolen Bases31
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks8040
   
Strikeouts130154
   
Batting Average.248.247
   
On Base Pct.361.304
   
Slugging Pct.474.461
   
On-base Plus Slugging.835.765
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
Austin Riley
1B,3B,LF - ATL
Austin Riley
News 
 Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in a 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 18th
Austin Riley went 2-for-5 with two singles and a run scored against the Rockies Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Thu, Sep 16th
 Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 7-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 17th
Austin Riley went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored against the Marlins Friday.
Steve Painter
Fri, Sep 10th
 Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 in a 12-3 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 16th
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 DH Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk in a 6-4 loss to the Royals on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 11th
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
 Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a double in a 3-0 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 9th
Austin Riley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's game against the Giants.
Steve Painter
Sun, Aug 29th
Notes 
 Donaldson again missed significant time with a calf strain last year, and was limited to just 28 games. He hit for power and walked plenty when he was in the lineup, and both his average exit velocity and hard hit rate were at or near his career highs. In other words, there doesn't seem to be much of a decline in his performance over recent seasons. Now in his age-35 season, it sounds like the Twins are going to give Donaldson plenty of rest this year in an effort to keep him healthy. Bank on the power, but assume a maximum of 130 games or so. There's a lot of value in that so long as you factor it in appropriately.
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