2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Anthony Rizzo
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Anthony Rizzo to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Chicago Cubs first baseman during the 2020 MLB season.
Anthony Rizzo continues to provide fantasy owners with consistency and when you select Rizzo, you know what you’re getting. He’s going to give you a solid average with 30-ish home runs, and a steady dose of runs scored and runs batted in. He used to run a bit, as evidenced by his 17 stolen bases in 2015 and ten bags in 2017, but over the past two years, he’s swiped just 11 bags in 299 games. He’s an awesome asset in leagues that value on-base percentage, considering that he’s posted a double digit walk rate every year since 2013. Additionally, his strikeout rate has remained under 16 percent for five straight seasons. The monster fantasy upside is no longer there, but there’s nothing wrong with a durable, consistent option to steady your team.
Rizzo doesn’t jump off the page as a Statcast freak. His average exit velocity is about league average, as is his hard hit rate, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any metrics that aren’t concerning with Rizzo. Every year since 2015, his...