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Anthony Rizzo (1B)

Chicago Cubs - 99% owned

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Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a single, one walk, and two strikeouts. Unfortunately, he was unable to knock in any runs or come around and score himself.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo's numbers have taken a bit of a dip, but he has stayed productive with on hit in each of his last four games. He was able to knock in six runs in one game earlier in the week, and while that is good for various league formats, he has not knocked in a run in any other game since the 16th of May, and that hurts his daily game value.

 

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Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run double and a three-run home run in the Cubs' 9-6 win against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. The home run proved to be the game winner. He had two hits in five plate appearances.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo would likely be the runner-up in the National League MVP race if the season ended today (behind Bryce Harper, obviously). His season line now sits at .322/.444/.586 with 9 home runs, 29 RBI, and 27 runs in 152 at-bats as the team just passed the quarter pole of the season.

 

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Anthony Rizzo got one of the four Cubs hits on Saturday. He also knocked in three runs in a losing effort, as the Cubs fell, 6-4. Rizzo finished 1-for-3 and is batting .318 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has an impressive .441 on-base percentage and 1.004 OPS. He has 20 extra-base hits and 23 walks and is on pace to belt 31 home runs. Rizzo is an upper echelon fantasy first baseman this season.

 

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Anthony Rizzo had a rather average night by his standards, as he only went 1-for-4 with a double (his 18th extra base hit) without knocking in any runs or scoring himself.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo had his nine game hit streak snapped in the series final agains the Pirates, and prior to that streak he went on seven game hit streak, so there is a good chance that Rizzo will not go hitless again for another week. His batting average and OBP are as high as ever, so feel free to plug him in if the price is right.

 

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Anthony Rizzo had himself a 3-for-7 day at the plate that featured two singles and a home run. He was good for three RBI and two runs scored himself. He was unable to draw any walks and did not get hit by any pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo continued his power surge in the month of May with his eighth bomb of the season and his sixth of the month. Rizzo has increased his slugging percentage from .471 at the end of April to .776 and has seen his RBI total increase with it, with 13 so far in May, four more than he had in all of April.

 

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Anthony Rizzo only finished two official at-bats because he was hit by a pitch on two separate occasions. He was able to go 1-for-2 with a very important RBI single.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has now regained the MLB hit by pitch lead with 11 on the season. While walks are usually not as valuable in fantasy as a hit, Rizzo should benefit in most formats. Rizzo is well known for crowding the plate so expect him to get regularly beaned and preferably not pick up an injury.

 

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Anthony Rizzo finished the game with only two official at-bats thank to the three walks he took. Rizzo managed one hit, a double that scored one run.

Fantasy Impact: With tonight's effort, Rizzo raised his already high OBP to .455. Games like this, in which he gets on base four times and knocks in a run are the reason he has become so absurdly valuable in fantasy. Expect Rizzo to keep his numbers up since pitchers will continue to due their best to pitch him outside the strike zone, because he smacks around anything over the plate.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, immediately after Kris Bryant sent a booming shot to the newly completed left field bleachers. Rizzo was unable to take any walks and he also grounded out with the bases loaded and two outs.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has only went hitless in one game this month, and has produced a total of 15 hits and five home runs over the same period. He is hitting the ball as well as anybody right now, and he is definitely worth a start in daily games if there is salary cap room.

 

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Anthony Rizzo had a nice 2-for-5 day at the plate that featured one single, one double, and one RBI. Rizzo was unable to take any walks and he also struck out once.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has been plugging away at a very consistent pace and he is playing as well anybody in MLB. His recent power surge has increased his value, but his fantasy bread and butter is still his high OBP, providing a high floor for any potential owners.

 

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Anthony Rizzo hit his fourth home run of the week as part of a 2-for-5 night. His bomb was only a solo shot but he also hit a RBI single in the top of the eighth inning that scored Dexter Fowler.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has been playing as well as or better than the best players in the game. Naturally, his price has skyrocketed on many of the major daily game sites, but he is often worth it due to his high floor. His value in league play has also increased, and it will continue to do so as he hits for power.

 

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Anthony Rizzo put together another big game as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and one run scored himself. He hit a towering solo home run out to right field in the third inning and then followed that up in the fifth inning with a double.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo is currently sporting an absurd .474 OBP (tied for first in MLB), which means that he practically guarantees points in daily games. He has also been able to find his power again over this past week with three home runs, providing greater value for everyone.

 

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Anthony Rizzo had another great game but it still was not enough. Rizzo went 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles, one double, and one walk. He managed one RBI and scored two runs himself.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo may be playing as well as anybody in the league right now. He is obviously very valuable in league play, but may be more so in daily games. He is very expensive, but he also has a very high floor due to his ability to take walks and consistently get on base.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a RBI triple, a deep bomb to dead center that just barely sailed over Carlos Gomez's head. Rizzo was then knocked in by Kris Bryant, but Rizzo would not do anything else for the rest of the day.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has been off to a really hot start at the plate. He is hitting above .300 and his OBP is off the charts because he has taken 15 walks, but his RBI total (11) is relatively low for the same reason. It is hard to get mad at a player for consistently getting on base, but Rizzo would be doing his fantasy owners a favor by swinging the bat with runners in scoring position.

 

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Anthony Rizzo has stolen six bases this season for the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Joe Maddon stresses how much every 90 feet matters and the Cubs have listened to him so far as they lead the league in stolen bases. Rizzo is on pace for a ridiculous 51 stolen bases, which obviously will not happen - but 15 stolen bases is not out of the question. This new part of Rizzo's game adds a ton of fantasy value as he continues to be one of the best first basemen in the league.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Monday in the Cubs win over the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has been getting on base all season long and his .494 OBP leads the league. He is beginning to look like the MVP many predicted he could be this year with a batting line of .344/.494/.508 with two home runs and nine RBI thus far.

 

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Anthony Rizzo's first inning two-run home run was all Travis Wood needed to earn the Cubs a win in Wednesday night's game against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo's blast was a no-doubter to the empty Cubs' bleachers in right field. The home run gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead and the team never looked back in a terrific outing from Travis Wood. The homer was Rizzo's first extra-base hit of the season, but he has looked good at the plate so far. Experts still believe that he should exceed his 32 home run mark from last season.

 

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Anthony Rizzo has been held hitless in the first two games of the 2015 season for the Chicago Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: There's no reason to worry yet as Rizzo has been putting together good at-bats. Rizzo has a .429 OBP and the hits should start stringing together very soon.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with an opposite field three-run home run and a walk on Wednesday versus the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: It was Rizzo's second home run in a week and it looks like he is beginning to heat up for opening day at exactly the right time. His spring training average still sits at .185 (10-for-54), so these home runs should be a breath of fresh air for those who drafted Rizzo in the first round of fantasy drafts this year. Experts are predicting MVP-like numbers from Rizzo this year in a potent Chicago Cubs lineup. Rizzo should surpass the .286 average, 32 home runs, and 78 RBI that we saw from him last year.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-1 with two walks in Sunday's Cactus League win against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo entered the spring on many experts' MVP watch for 2015, but his numbers have been disappointing so far this spring. In 17 spring at-bats, Rizzo is hitting only .059 and his only hit is a single. Don't worry about Rizzo just yet as he has improved each year and expected to do the same this year. He should provide great value this season in a dangerous Cubs lineup. He hit 32 home runs with 78 RBI for the Cubs last season.

 

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit second while shortstop Starlin Castro hit third in new manager Joe Maddon’s first lineup for their Cactus League opener on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. (Source: Jesse Rogers)

Fantasy Impact: Joe Maddon is known for tinkering with his lineups and he started the spring off with a bit of a surprise to everyone. Rizzo has typically been the number 3 hitter for the Cubs, but he may find himself hitting in the 2 hole when Maddon decides to bat the pitcher 8th this season. Don't expect any drop off in Rizzo's fantasy numbers this season due to the rare change in this potent Chicago Cubs lineup. Anthony Rizzo is on many experts' MVP watch.