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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: ANTHONY RIZZO 1B CHICAGO CUBS

And now the award for the most consistent slugger in fantasy baseball goes to..............Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo!!!  No one could certainly argue against that distinction as the 28-year-old Cubs veteran gets set to become a late-first round/early second-round pick in 2018 fantasy baseball drafts.  After all, since establishing himself as a star power-hitter in 2014 when he hit 32 homers for the Cubs, Rizzo's power output in each season since has read:

2014:  32
2015:  31
2016:  32
2017:  32

The RBI totals?  How about the following in that same span:

2014:  78
2015:  101
2016:  109
2017:  109

Let's go runs too for good measure:

2014:  89
2015:  94
2016:  94
2017:  99

As you can see, Rizzo is as easy a player to project as there is in all of 2018 fantasy baseball and that makes investing in him such a stress-less endeavor.  Considering that he is now flat in his prime years, expecting any additional numbers save for small ebbs and flows would be foolish.  Instead Rizzo should be graded as a top tier fantasy baseball first baseman who warrants that late first-round or early second-round price tag.  With K/9 and BB/9 rates that remain excellent (13.0 and 13.2 respectively last season), Rizzo should also remain a solid average hitter in the .285 range.  Throw in some steals (30 total the last three years) and Rizzo makes for a terrific anchor for your fantasy baseball roster this season.

2018 PROJECTION:  .282 32 HR 107 RBI 100 R 8 SB


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