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Anthony Rizzo (1B)

Chicago Cubs - 99% owned

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The Cubs pounded the Braves on Thursday by the score of 7-1. Scoreless into the bottom of the third, the Cubs opened it up with four runs. Anthony Rizzo provided the big hit, a three run home run. It was his 24th home run of the season and Rizzo is now batting .291.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has just two hits in the last four games, in 16 at-bats. He's still getting on-base at a .402 clip and has an OPS of .940. Rizzo is on pace to surpass 40 doubles, 30 home runs and nearly 100 RBI.

 

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The Chicago Cubs defeated the White Sox on Friday by the score of 6-5. The Cubs got three home runs in the game, including one from Anthony Rizzo. The blast was his 23rd homer of the year. It was his only hit in three at-bats and is now batting .296 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo continues to impress, not only in the power department, but in getting on base. He's drawn 57 walks for an on-base percentage of .406. Add in 15 stolen bases, and you have one of the most complete fantasy first basemen in the league.

 

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The Cubs improved to 63-48 on the season following a 6-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. Anthony Rizzo played a key role, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. Rizzo is now batting .298 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has 21 home runs and 65 RBI for the season. His batting average, on-base percentage and OPS are all above his career averages. Rizzo is on pace to top 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases, making him a top overall fantasy first baseman in the league.

 

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The Cubs fell to the Pirates on Wednesday, 7-5. The loss dropped the Cubs to 58-48 on the season. The Cubs got two home runs in the loss, one off the bat of Anthony Rizzo. It was his 21st home run of the season and he's now batting .294.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo continues to impress with a .400 on-base percentage and.940 OPS. Even when he goes through a power slump, he will get on base. Owners should continue to feel comfortable playing Rizzo every day.

 

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The Cubs pounded 14 hits in a 5-0 win over the Pirates on Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo lead the way, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Rizzo's big night raised his average to .293 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has an impressive .401 on-base percentage and .935 OPS. Add in 20 home runs and 61 RBI and Rizzo is one of the top fantasy first basemen in the league.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs in the Cubs' 4-1 win over Milwaukee on Friday. It was the third straight game in which he hit a home run.

Fantasy Impact: Now this is more like it. The Cubs have been fairly woeful on offense for weeks now, and Rizzo has put the team on his back over the past few days. He's up to 19 home runs and 57 RBI on the season.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Cubs' 3-2 win over Colorado on Wednesday. It was his first homer in roughly three weeks, as he hadn't done so since July 7th. He now has 17 home runs and 53 RBI to go with a .279/.393/.500 slash line.

Fantasy Impact: It's about time. Rizzo has slumped badly over the last month, and hopefully this is a sign of a renewed player who was in the MVP discussion after the first two months of the season. The OBP is good, and walks are valuable in baseball, but a team needs middle of the order bats to drive in runs, and walks rarely do that. Rizzo is a great young player, but he will need to have more days like Wednesday to justify another top-15 selection in 2016 fantasy drafts.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-8 with two runs and a stolen base in the Cubs' split of a doubleheader against the Reds on Wednesday. He scored the winning run in the night game.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo is 5-for-29 since the All-Star break, and his OBP is down to .400 on the season. A stellar number to be sure, but the Cubs' stagnation on offense over the past month coincides with a rough stretch for Rizzo. The team's playoff chances, and their success if they reach the postseason, are very much reliant on his finding his early season form. It would be surprising if he doesn't pick it up soon, but he hasn't had a long career of success that makes such a rebound a guarantee.

 

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Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-5 with a run scored in the Cubs' 4-1 win over Atlanta on Sunday. He finished the first series out of the break by going 3-for-12 with one run, two RBI, and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo is slashing .296/.411/.531 on the season, and his patience at the plate has continued to improve throughout his major league career. The Cubs' next opponent is the Reds in Cincinnati, which is a very favorable park for hitters. If he is going to pass the 30 home run mark in 2015, this would be a good series to start, as he is sitting on 16 right now.

 

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The Cubs made the most of eight hits in defeating the Braves on Saturday, 4-0. Anthony Rizzo provided a big bat, going 2-for-4 with two RBI, raising his total to 50 for the season. He's now batting .298.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo continues to be one of the top fantasy first baseman in baseball. Now only does he supply power, he is getting on base at a .414 clip. Rizzo has 16 home runs and a .950 OPS.

 

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Anthony Rizzo finished 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch in the Cubs' 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Rizzo will play in the All-Star game with fellow teammate Kris Bryant, and the pair will also participate in the Home Run Derby.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has put together a stellar first 90 games, slashing .298/.413/.542 with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, and 48 runs scored on the season. He also has 12 stolen bases. There were questions entering the season whether Rizzo would be able to build off of his breakout 2014 campaign, and he's actually in line to put up almost the same stats. The stolen bases and raised OBP are really where he has added to his game. Another 30 home run season is within reach, and if he continues to steal bases with frequency a top-10 hitter ranking at season's end is attainable.

 

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Anthony Rizzo managed to go 3-for-4 from the plate, but it was not enough for the Cubs who could not muster a single run. Two of Rizzo's hits were doubles, one of which was just a few feet away from leaving the park in dead center field, and the other one was a single.

Fantasy Impact: While overall his numbers are still great with a .312 batting average and .421 OBP, his numbers so far in June are actually a little bit down with a .279 batting average and a .371 OBP. He is still a great option across all formats (especially against left-handers), but he can be very pricey in daily games.

 

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Anthony Rizzo was the lone bright spot for the Cubs in a loss to the Twins. He finished up at 2-for-4 from the plate with two solo home runs (two RBI and two runs scored).

Fantasy Impact: Over the last week Rizzo's batting average has taken over a 20 percentage point drop, but his power has returned in a big way with three home runs over the last three games. He is still a great option across all formats, but an even better option when facing lefties, against whom he is hitting .396.

 

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Anthony Rizzo helped set the pace for his teammates in a blowout victory with a 2-for-4 effort. He came up with one double and one two-run home run, but was later pinch hit for after the Cubs had taken a considerable lead.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo was able to break out of his four-game hitless streak in a big way and find a way to contribute. Despite his slump, his OBP still sits at an impressive .422 and his batting average is still north of .300. He could easily start to ride a new hit streak and continue to be a solid option across all formats.

 

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Anthony Rizzo finished off his night at 1-for-3 from the plate with one double and one walk. He was unable to record any RBI, but he did make it around the bases twice and score.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo is one of the elite players that can contribute in all categories. He hits for contact, he hits for power, he takes walks, he knocks in runs, he scores runs, and he will even steal the occasional base. Rizzo is a great option against any pitcher and in all formats.

 

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Rizzo finished at 2-for-6 from the plate with a pair of singles. His second single came in the top of the seventh inning and it knocked home two runs. He was later able to make it around the bases and score himself.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo saw his career long hit streak snapped in the previous game, but he was able to get back on track for the series finale. He is facing a rookie pitcher in his next game against the Reds, so look for him to try and take advantage and keep producing.

 

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Anthony Rizzo came through with another productive night as he finished at 2-for-4 from the plate. He hit one single, one double, and walked once, while making it around the bases twice to score.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo was able to extend his hit streak to 12 games while raising his OBP to .449. He is as hot as anyone in the Majors right now, and is great option in all formats regardless of the matchup.

 

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Anthony Rizzo put together his first two home run game of the year, but the Cubs still fell a couple of runs short. He finished the game at 2-for-4 with three RBI, two scored himself.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo had not gone deep since the 23rd of May, so these blasts were a welcome site. Even without the power, Rizzo has maintained high averages and been able to knock in runs, but fantasy owners should still hope that Rizzo does not have to go another two weeks without a home run.

 

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Anthony Rizzo was able to reach base three times with two walks and one double in three official at-bats. He was unable to knock in any runs but he did score one himself and he also stole one base.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo is an absolute machine who can produce by knocking in runs, getting on base, and even on the base paths as he leads not just all first baseman, but all corner infielders in steals with ten. It has been a little while since the power showed up but he is still hitting for extra bases and a great option across all fantasy formats.

 

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Anthony Rizzo had an all around great night as he went 1-for-3 at the plate with one double and one walk. He knocked in one run on his double, and was later able to come around a score a run for himself.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo was able to put a stop to his six game RBI drought with one RBI in each of the last two games. It has still been a while since the power has showed up, but he is still grabbing extra base hits. As always, he is an elite fantasy option across all formats.

 

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Anthony Rizzo had a 2-for-5 day with a big triple, one single, and no walks. The triple came in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he was unable to score after David Ross was unable to lay down an effective bunt. Rizzo's single came in the bottom of the 11th inning and almost knocked in the winning run but Dexter Fowler was called out at home plate (after a review).

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo is going through a six-game RBI drought, but he was very close to braking it. While this is surely frustrating and concerning for owners in league play, this should not deter anyone from going after him in daily games. Rizzo is still batting .318 with a .439 OBP, and as long as he keeps collecting hits, he will knock in a few runs eventually.

 

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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.