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Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Eddie Rosario (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Eddie Rosario
LF,RF - CLE
Eddie Rosario
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
16 of 22 experts
27%
Recommended by
6 of 22 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 53# 63
Best Rank# 40# 41
Worst Rank# 78# 101
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 96# 110
Best Rank# 75# 77
Worst Rank# 109# 150
   
Projections 
   
Runs8778
Home Runs2728
RBI8790
Stolen Bases65
Batting Average.267.272
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 67
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 60
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 59# 92
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 88
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 58# 60
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 49# 52
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 59# 63
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 56# 63
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 48# 62
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 63# 72
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 66# 72
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 47# 101
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 54# 79
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 55# 63
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 52# 69
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 57# 61
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 48# 41
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 52# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 51
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 56# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 65# 48
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 78# 63
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Eddie Rosario
LF,RF - CLE
Eddie Rosario
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats203210
   
Runs2631
   
Hits4554
   
Singles2834
   
Doubles67
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs1113
   
RBI2442
   
Stolen Bases33
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks2819
   
Strikeouts3834
   
Batting Average.222.257
   
On Base Pct.342.316
   
Slugging Pct.414.476
   
On-base Plus Slugging.755.792
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Eddie Rosario
LF,RF - CLE
Eddie Rosario
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats553530
   
Runs8778
   
Hits146144
   
Singles8987
   
Doubles2727
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs2728
   
RBI8790
   
Stolen Bases65
   
Caught Stealing32
   
Walks7534
   
Strikeouts9891
   
Batting Average.267.272
   
On Base Pct.351.315
   
Slugging Pct.469.484
   
On-base Plus Slugging.819.799
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Eddie Rosario
LF,RF - CLE
Eddie Rosario
News 
  Veteran outfielder Eddie Rosario agrees to a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Cleveland Indians. The former Minnesota Twins player moves within the American League Central.
Corbin Young
Fri, Jan 29th
  Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports the Cleveland Indians and free agent OF Eddie Rosario are closing in on a contract.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jan 29th
  The Brewers have shown interest in free-agent outfielder Eddie Rosario, according to Robert Murray of Fansided.
Ryan Evans - Baseballogy
Tue, Jan 26th
Notes 
 275 - 30 - 5
Jordan Eisen - Field of Vision Sports
275 - 30 - 10
Jordan Eisen - Field of Vision Sports
 Rizzo's average dropped to just .222 last year and his counting stats waned, though the latter failing was much more due to the lack of production from the rest of the Cubs lineup. His walk and strikeout rates, however, stayed mostly in line, and his BABIP was an artificially low .218 (career mark of .289), which is partly why there was such a gap between his xBA of .266 and his actual batting average. With that said, Rizzo didn't hit the ball nearly as hard last year, as he saw career worsts in average exit velocity and hard hit rate. He likely won't ever be the player he was at his peak, but there's still plenty in his bat that can help fantasy managers, including the handful of steals he will throw in each year. He's a starting-caliber first baseman still, without question, and he'll go at a discount because of last year's numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Rosario stays in the AL Central, signing a one-year deal with the Indians after a successful tenure with the Twins. He's established a fairly reliable power baseline at this point, and he usually offers some batting average to go with it. Last year, however, his batting average dipped to just .257, in part because he became much more passive (8.2% walk rate, 51.2% Swing%, both far out of character for his career). The bigger issue was that Rosario largely cut down on his swing percentage on pitches in the strike zone, but continued to swing at pitches out of the zone at a 41.2% clip. That likely explains his lower than usual average exit velocity and barrel rate, and it's something that's easily correctable if he just goes back to his previous approach. At the very least, Rosario should chip in 25 home runs at least, while helping out in runs and RBI, and he's a fine third outfielder in mixed leagues.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros