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Who Should I Draft?

Wander Franco or Austin Riley (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
Wander Franco
3B,SS - TB
Wander Franco
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
22 of 43 experts
49%
Recommended by
21 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 35
Best Rank# 16# 16
Worst Rank# 66# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 43# 45
Best Rank# 30# 26
Worst Rank# 69# 604
   
Projections 
   
Runs8694
Home Runs3218
RBI9982
Stolen Bases19
Batting Average.278.288
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 34
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 32# 34
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 41# 44
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 41
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 37# 42
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 35# 46
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 34# 35
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 22# 33
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 31# 37
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 31# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 35# 41
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 37# 48
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 35# 37
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 30
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 31# 43
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 62
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 38# 41
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 16# 34
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 30# 50
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 21# 36
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 54
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 47# 16
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 37# 17
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 24
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 54# 25
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 43# 29
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 29
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 33# 29
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 33# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 38# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 33
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 41# 33
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 51# 33
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 36# 34
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 34
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 43# 35
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 36# 35
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 66# 35
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 45# 37
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 39
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 47# 39
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 44# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
Wander Franco
3B,SS - TB
Wander Franco
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats590281
   
Runs9153
   
Hits17981
   
Singles11251
   
Doubles3318
   
Triples15
   
Home Runs337
   
RBI10739
   
Stolen Bases02
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks5224
   
Strikeouts16837
   
Batting Average.303.288
   
On Base Pct.367.347
   
Slugging Pct.531.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.898.810
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
Wander Franco
3B,SS - TB
Wander Franco
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats568573
   
Runs8694
   
Hits158165
   
Singles93104
   
Doubles3034
   
Triples28
   
Home Runs3218
   
RBI9982
   
Stolen Bases19
   
Caught Stealing14
   
Walks5049
   
Strikeouts16184
   
Batting Average.278.288
   
On Base Pct.337.344
   
Slugging Pct.505.466
   
On-base Plus Slugging.841.810
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Austin Riley
1B,3B - ATL
Austin Riley
Wander Franco
3B,SS - TB
Wander Franco
News 
 Austin Riley went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's win against San Diego.
Chris Clegg
Sat, May 14th
Rays shortstop Wander Franco went 1-for-3 with a single, walk, and run against the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon. He also stole a base in the process. Tampa Bay ultimately defeated Detroit by a score of 6-1.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, May 18th
 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
Rays shortstop Wander Franco went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Tigers on Monday evening. He stranded two runners on base as Tampa Bay ultimately fell to Detroit by a score of 3-2.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, May 17th
 Austin Riley went 2-for-4 with a home run in Monday's win against the Mets.
Chris Clegg
Mon, May 2nd
Rays shortstop Wander Franco couldn't get anything going against the Angels on Tuesday. He finished the day 0-for-2, falling hitless much like the rest of the Rays' lineup. Tampa Bay was ultimately defeated in Los Angeles by a score of 12-0.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, May 11th
 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
Tampa Bay Rays Wander Franco went 0-for-5 from the plate striking out once on Wednesday against the Athletics.
Kyle Williams - Dog Day Sports
Wed, May 4th
 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
Wander Franco went 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base on Friday against the Twins.
Dan Harris
Fri, Apr 29th
Notes 
 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
The Rays' wunderkind signed an 11-year, $182 million contract in November and now simply has to go about the business of becoming the superstar everyone expects him to become. Franco scored 53 runs and had 39 RBI in only 70 games last season. He also displayed impressive plate patience and remarkable contact skills as a 20-year-old rookie. He's not a speed merchant, and the power might take time to develop, but Franco should score a lot of runs, drive in a lot of runs and produce something close to a .300 batting average.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros