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Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Josh Bell (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
Expert
Recommendation
91%
Recommended by
41 of 45 experts
9%
Recommended by
4 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 32# 56
Best Rank# 20# 32
Worst Rank# 52# 113
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 59# 84
Best Rank# 36# 51
Worst Rank# 65# 94
   
Projections 
   
Runs3431
Home Runs1111
RBI3636
Stolen Bases20
Batting Average.290.277
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 86
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 53
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 73
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 34# 63
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 85
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 56
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 25# 54
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 47
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 31# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 33# 57
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 31# 50
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 37# 63
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 48
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 41# 69
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 35# 57
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 34# 60
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 27# 37
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 35# 113
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 33# 58
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 35# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 39# 49
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 41# 49
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 49# 55
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 50
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 35# 68
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 35# 58
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 44# 55
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 35# 47
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 34# 58
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 53
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 34# 48
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 31# 43
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 28# 61
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 29# 54
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 50
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 63
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 28# 49
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 34# 57
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 41# 65
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 30# 59
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 37# 47
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 43# 39
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 32
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 40
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 52# 48
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats512527
   
Runs8994
   
Hits150146
   
Singles9169
   
Doubles2937
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs2737
   
RBI94116
   
Stolen Bases50
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks7174
   
Strikeouts86118
   
Batting Average.293.277
   
On Base Pct.405.367
   
Slugging Pct.520.569
   
On-base Plus Slugging.924.936
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats200194
   
Runs3431
   
Hits5854
   
Singles3530
   
Doubles1212
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1111
   
RBI3636
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks2828
   
Strikeouts3344
   
Batting Average.290.277
   
On Base Pct.376.369
   
Slugging Pct.508.509
   
On-base Plus Slugging.885.878
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Josh Bell
1B - PIT
Josh Bell
News 
 Anthony Rizzo (back) was once again held out of workouts on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 8th
 
 Anthony Rizzo was not in Tuesday's intrasquad game due to lower back tightness.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Jul 7th
 
 Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Anthony Rizzo is planning to play in the 2020 MLB season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 29th
 
 Anthony Rizzo (blister) played first base and hit second on Saturday against the Reds, going 0-for-2 with a run scored.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Mar 8th
 
 Anthony Rizzo was scratched from Thursday's spring game against the Rangers due to a blister.
Brad Camara
Thu, Mar 5th
 
Notes 
 It's like the fantasy community finally caught on to Rizzo. For years, he's gone in the first few rounds of drafts, but there was really no justification for it. Even now, going 43rd overall is early for Rizzo, who fails to stand out in any real way. He's a poor man's Freddie Freeman, but, like, really poor. The power production has dipped, too, and that's in an age where you need your first baseman to hit home runs. If you want to grab him as a safe play at a shallow position, go for it, but you're passing up on better talent to do so.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Prior to 2019, Josh Bell's career mimicked that of James Loney, as he was a big first baseman who hit the ball on the ground ... a lot. That's why his 2019 season caught some by surprise because he continued to hit the ball hard, but hew as elevating it now to the tune of 37 home runs. Is it a pop-up year? Well, his numbers declined in the second half of the season, but you could make the argument that they really just leveled off, as is the case when most players put up huge numbers that they typically don't in the first half of the season (a la the home run derby "curse"). Bell has the pedigree - and now the peripherals - to back up the breakout season. At a shallow position, buy-in.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 We've never seen Rizzo hit 35 homers or bat .300 but his production has been so steady that fantasy owners can be certain they'll get 25 homers with 80+ runs, 90+ RBIs and a batting average north of .275. That makes him a worthwhile 4th or 5th round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Bell had a true breakout season in 2019, improving drastically in pretty much every measurable category. His increases in exit velocity (2.3 mph), launch angle (3.8 degrees), and barrels per plate appearance (3.8%) showed that his gains were not fluky, and he even recovered from what looked to be a second-half collapse with a .927 OPS in August. The issue for Bell is that even with the improvements, a first baseman who bats .277 and slugs 37 home runs is not blowing the fantasy world away. Buy many of the gains, but don't go crazy on draft day.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 About as safe as you can get. Great pick if you take risks elsewhere.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Bell slowed down a ton after the break but was so terrific to start the season that he still finished with 37 homers, 116 RBIs and a .277 batting average. There is potential for more, but considering how he ended the year, perhaps a little risk as well for the price tag.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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Frank Stampfl - RotoExperts