Skip to main content

Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Jose Altuve (2021)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Recommended by
26 of 50 experts
Recommended by
24 of 50 experts
ECR# 50# 52
Best Rank# 25# 40
Worst Rank# 85# 80
Composite# 86# 92
Best Rank# 55# 75
Worst Rank# 99# 98
Home Runs2227
Stolen Bases116
Batting Average.283.268
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 39# 58
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 49
Beast Dome
# 35# 50
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 36# 44
Andrew Gould
# 53# 55
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 49# 56
Rudy Gamble
# 25# 51
Wayne Bretsky
# 51# 74
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 47# 53
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 55
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 52# 64
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 59# 78
Mario Mergola
# 40# 52
Donkey Teeth
# 38# 51
Dan Harris
# 56# 61
Pierre Camus
# 60# 80
Mick Ciallela
# 53# 60
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 59# 60
Ariel Cohen
# 40# 49
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 52
Brendan Tuma
# 44# 54
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 55# 58
Nate Miller
# 50# 54
Brad Camara
# 34# 49
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 52# 53
Joe Pisapia
# 51# 52
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 40
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 57# 45
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 52# 45
Carmen Maiorano
# 65# 47
Michael Waterloo
# 63# 48
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 60# 48
Corbin Young
# 49# 48
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 54# 49
Nicklaus Gaut
# 63# 51
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 52# 51
Site Projections
# 53# 52
Fantasy Team Advice
# 67# 52
Andrew Seifter
# 61# 53
Chris Clegg
# 67# 53
Chris Meaney
# 55# 53
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 58# 54
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 54
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 57# 55
Mike Maher
# 58# 55
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 64# 55
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 85# 56
Nick Mariano
# 62# 58
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 71# 65
Grey Albright
# 66# 65
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2020 Stats 
At Bats192203
Home Runs511
Stolen Bases23
Caught Stealing31
Batting Average.219.222
On Base Pct.286.342
Slugging Pct.344.414
On-base Plus Slugging.630.755
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2021 Projections 
At Bats564548
Home Runs2227
Stolen Bases116
Caught Stealing53
Batting Average.283.268
On Base Pct.345.356
Slugging Pct.463.471
On-base Plus Slugging.807.827
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jose Altuve
2B - HOU
Jose Altuve
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
 Astros second baseman Jose Altuve contributed to the stat sheet on Friday night by going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI sacrifice fly.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 10th
Anthony Rizzo launched a homer Thursday versus Pittsburgh. It drove in a key insurance run. He had scored earlier on Baez's home run that was the winning blow.
Jamie Mellor
Fri, Apr 9th
 Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a solo homer on Thursday as Houston defeated the Athletics, 6-2. This was Altuve's only hit as he finished 1-for-4.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Apr 9th
Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-2 but walked twice and scored a run. He also stole his first base of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Mon, Apr 5th
 Astros second baseman Jose Altuve put on a show Friday night, going 3-for-3 (all singles) with two walks. He also scored four times, providing the difference for Houston en route to a 9-5 win over the Athletics.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 3rd
Anthony Rizzo doubled for one of only two hits by the Cubs in their first game of the regular season. He also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Jamie Mellor
Fri, Apr 2nd
 According to manager Dusty Baker, 2B Jose Altuve is the favorite to be the leadoff man for the Astros this season.
Jack Mannis
Thu, Mar 25th
Cubs president Jed Homer said Wednesday that he remains confident the team will be able to come to agreement on a contract extension with Anthony Rizzo.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Mar 31st
  Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo says contract talks stalled, so pre-Opening Day contract extension is unlikely.
AJ Schullo
Mon, Mar 29th
 Altuve had a rough 2020 season (like most Astros offensive players), but it was particularly drastic for him. After batting .298 (which was low for him) with 31 home runs in 2019, he batted just .219 with five home runs last year, and he struck out more than he ever had before. But, like his counterpart in the middle infield, Carlos Correa, Altuve had a strong postseason, slashing .375/.500/.720 with five home runs. It's reasonable to write off Altuve's regular season as a slump that he would have broken out of in light of his postseason, though with just eight steals combined over his previous two seasons, stolen bases may not be a big part of his game going forward (though his sprint speed is still excellent). Expect a bounce-back campaign in most categories, and take the undervalued Altuve as a solid starting second baseman.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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
 The former American League MVP is going right inside the top-100 players according to the latest FantasyPros consensus ADP. It feels as if we're knocking him down too far based off a "down" 2020, especially when you factor in how many free passes the industry appears to be giving for the weirdness of last season. While Altuve's regular season numbers leave a lot to be desired, his season-long wRC+ increases from 77 to 112 when you include his postseason numbers. His batting average increases from .219 to .250. With how small of a sample the regular season was, I think it's more than fair to include playoff numbers for players who went deep into the tournament.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros