Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Joey Votto (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
58 of 59 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 36
Best Rank# 17# 22
Worst Rank# 36# 85
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 34# 52
Best Rank# 29# 46
Worst Rank# 37# 67
   
Projections 
   
Runs8885
Home Runs2922
RBI10083
Stolen Bases74
Batting Average.281.292
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 21# 49
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 35
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 23# 28
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 29# 56
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 24# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 23# 28
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 40
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 26# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 24# 85
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 18# 51
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 22# 28
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 39
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 22# 41
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 30# 77
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 19# 44
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 21# 36
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 27# 35
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 22# 49
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 34# 47
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 23# 48
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 22# 38
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 20# 74
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 23# 32
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 46
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 22# 35
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 24# 51
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 22# 41
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 22# 30
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 24# 27
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 17# 29
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 23# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 26# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 23# 43
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 24# 40
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 26# 30
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 39
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 20# 53
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 42
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 34
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 48
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 23# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 33
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 26# 60
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 24# 36
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 36
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 23# 31
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 22# 28
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 25# 39
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 41
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 32
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 19# 32
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 44
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 22# 51
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 30
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 22
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats566503
   
Runs7467
   
Hits160143
   
Singles105101
   
Doubles2928
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs2512
   
RBI10167
   
Stolen Bases62
   
Caught Stealing40
   
Walks70108
   
Strikeouts80101
   
Batting Average.283.284
   
On Base Pct.376.417
   
Slugging Pct.470.420
   
On-base Plus Slugging.846.837
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats557522
   
Runs8885
   
Hits157152
   
Singles9399
   
Doubles3230
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs2922
   
RBI10083
   
Stolen Bases74
   
Caught Stealing41
   
Walks75108
   
Strikeouts87101
   
Batting Average.281.292
   
On Base Pct.367.413
   
Slugging Pct.501.482
   
On-base Plus Slugging.867.895
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
News 
 Anthony Rizzo (ankle) is absent from the Cubs' lineup on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday against Arizona.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
 Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base in Thursday’s 11-5 win over the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
 Anthony Rizzo exited Sunday's game against the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI double, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
 Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and two runs in Friday's win over the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' game two loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
 Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 6th
Joey Votto (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Marlins. He batted second and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
Notes 
 Rizzo took a major step backwards in the first half last year, but his final line of 25 homers, 101 RBIs and a .283 batting average ended up being about as good as his average season. We were drafting him in the 3rd round last year so don't hesitate to scoop him up for a discount this season
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Votto did not return second round value or even close to it last year, but his ADP should be around the fifth this year. You can expect his batting average to bounceback above .300, and don't forget that he had 94 HRs in the previous three years before his 12 in 2018
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Rizzo's streak of four consecutive 30-HR seasons came to an end in 2018, but he's still working on a streak of four straight 100-RBI seasons, and his batted ball profile suggests he's still the same player he's always been. He's an asset in all five standard rotisserie categories, and has finished as a top-five fantasy first baseman in four of the last five seasons (he was eighth in 2016). With that level of high-end production and consistency, Rizzo belongs in the same breath as Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt as the top options at an increasingly-scarce position.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Votto enters 2019 as one of the bigger mysteries in fantasy baseball, following a season in which he hit just 12 HRs in 145 games and produced a .284 batting average that was 27 points lower than his career .311 mark. Was this an issue of mechanics, injuries, or simply advancing age? Votto believes it was a mechanical issue with his swing that he can fix, but only time will tell. Even in a down year, his prodigious plate discipline remained in tact, so he is sure to remain a major asset in OBP leagues. He's a little riskier in standard 5x5 formats, but first base is shallow and he should bounce back enough to at least remain a decent starter in 12-team leagues. The Miguel Cabrera career path feels like a worst case scenario, and that isn't too bad.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 For the first time since 2014, Rizzo fell short of 30 homers (25) and a .500 slugging percentage (.470). An atrocious April in which he batted .149 with one extra-base hit is entirely to blame. He hit his fewest fly balls (37.3%) since 2012, but the accompanying career bests in contact (85.1%), strikeout (12.0%) and line-drive (24.7%) rate did not show fully in his .283 average. Either he sustains these profile changes and inches closer to batting .300, or he regains enough of his power stroke to leap back to 30 long balls. Or both. Either way, Rizzo, who batted .303/.393/.512 after an atrocious April, is a sturdy foundational piece worth grabbing in the third or fourth round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Votto, now 35 years old, hit 12 homers last year after clubbing 36 in 2017. At least he maintained his stellar plate approach, tallying more walks (108) than strikeouts (101) while lacing MLB's second-highest line-drive rate (31.4%) behind Freddie Freeman. While still a commendable performer in OBP and points leagues, he'll need a power uptick to justify an early investment in roto and H2H category formats. A modest rise in last year's career-low 9.5% HR/FB rate should at least steer him closer to his .477 xSLG with 20-25 homers. That would make him a worthy bounce-back pick if paired with anything near his career .311 batting average.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros