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Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Paul Goldschmidt (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
35 of 52 experts
33%
Recommended by
17 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 39
Best Rank# 20# 28
Worst Rank# 64# 72
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 58# 65
Best Rank# 44# 46
Worst Rank# 66# 72
   
Projections 
   
Runs3333
Home Runs1011
RBI3434
Stolen Bases22
Batting Average.285.275
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 35
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 31# 55
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 48
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 25# 34
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 38
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 27# 28
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 31# 38
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 32# 39
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 37# 49
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 41# 64
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 41# 49
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 41
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 42# 53
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 34# 71
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 27# 30
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 33# 38
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 35# 49
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 45# 49
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 41
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 35# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 34# 48
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 42# 44
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 35# 40
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 45
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 41# 48
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 43# 58
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 27# 28
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 45# 52
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 40# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 28# 35
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 34# 46
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 41# 44
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 35# 42
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 37# 61
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 35# 72
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 34# 33
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 35# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 36
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 37
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 34
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 43# 36
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 44# 39
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 33
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 45
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 59# 42
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 61# 42
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 61# 48
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 62# 34
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 64# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats512597
   
Runs8997
   
Hits150155
   
Singles9195
   
Doubles2925
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs2734
   
RBI9497
   
Stolen Bases53
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks7178
   
Strikeouts86166
   
Batting Average.293.260
   
On Base Pct.405.346
   
Slugging Pct.520.476
   
On-base Plus Slugging.924.821
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats191203
   
Runs3333
   
Hits5556
   
Singles3333
   
Doubles1110
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1011
   
RBI3434
   
Stolen Bases22
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks2630
   
Strikeouts3258
   
Batting Average.285.275
   
On Base Pct.371.368
   
Slugging Pct.503.497
   
On-base Plus Slugging.874.865
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
News 
 Anthony Rizzo is not focused on his $16.5M contract option that the Cubs can exercise for 2021.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Fri, Oct 2nd
Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Oct 28th
 Anthony Rizzo homered in the top of the first inning Wednesday to put the Cubs up 1-0. It was his 11th of the season and second in two days. For the second straight game, the Rizzo blast was the only time the Cubs scored.
Jamie Mellor
Thu, Sep 24th
Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and one RBI as the Cardinals fell 11-9 to the Padres in Game 2 on Thursday.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 2nd
 Anthony Rizzo drove an eighth-inning pitch into the rightfield stands to tie the game. It was his 10th home run of the season, and the first to come with a runner on.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, Sep 23rd
Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-5 with a two-run dinger as the Cardinals beat the Padres 7-4 in Game 1 of their Wild Card series on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Oct 1st
 Anthony Rizzo walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning Friday. He would come around to score and the run would hold up as the Cubs would win 1-0.
Jamie Mellor
Sat, Sep 19th
Paul Goldschmidt got the scoring going in Thursday's win over the Brewers, putting the Cardinals up 1-0 in the third inning with an RBI single to center.
Jarod Rupp
Fri, Sep 25th
 Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 on Tuesday with a hit-by-pitch and RBI against the Indians. The Cubs won, 6-5.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Sep 15th
Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.
Jarod Rupp
Wed, Sep 16th
Notes 
 I consider 1B's less valuable and while Rizzo is a heck of a hitter, I can't draft them or him as high as equal or dual-threat guys. I do still take him before the next tier of SP, which begins with Castillo and Corbin.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
What set Paul Goldschmidt apart from the other first basemen for years were his steals. Over the past four years, his stolen base totals have dropped from 32 to 18, to 7, to 3 last year. He had 34 home runs, which were nice, but he also had his lowest triple-slash line since his rookie year in 2011. He'll still give you production at a shallow position, but this isn't going to be a gradual decline with Goldschmidt.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 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
His production has been on a steady decline over the past three years as he has gotten older, and that is not something I plan on buying into in the 5th round.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 About as safe as you can get. Great pick if you take risks elsewhere.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
better in points
Frank Stampfl - CBS Sports
 Consistent but lacking upside at this stage of his career. Receives a boost in OBP leagues
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Took a step back last year. Similar to Manny Machado I want to buy back in due to the major ADP discount from a season ago.
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 better in points
Frank Stampfl - CBS Sports