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Anthony Rizzo or Paul Goldschmidt (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Recommended by
55 of 59 experts
Recommended by
4 of 59 experts
ECR# 16# 24
Best Rank# 10# 17
Worst Rank# 31# 36
Composite# 19# 34
Best Rank# 14# 29
Worst Rank# 23# 37
Home Runs3029
Stolen Bases117
Batting Average.284.281
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 17# 21
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 22
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 16# 25
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FullTime Fantasy
# 14# 23
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 16# 24
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 23
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 13# 21
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# 10# 26
Grey Albright
# 16# 24
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 14# 18
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 15# 22
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 16# 24
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 18# 22
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# 16# 30
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The Athletic
# 15# 19
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 13# 21
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
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The Athletic
# 17# 34
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 20# 23
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
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Andrew Gould
# 13# 22
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# 12# 23
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The Athletic
# 15# 22
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# 15# 26
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# 15# 23
Bobby Sylvester
# 23# 24
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# 17# 26
Tyler Thompson
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# 14# 20
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# 19# 25
Dan Harris
# 13# 26
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# 23# 26
Andrew Seifter
# 20# 23
Max Freeze
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# 17# 22
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 12# 26
Kyle Richardson
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# 16# 24
Dennis Sosic
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# 16# 25
Jacob Gibbs
# 18# 23
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 11# 22
Mick Ciallela
# 13# 25
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 17# 36
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 18# 27
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 17# 19
Ariel Cohen
# 14# 28
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 12# 22
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 24
Rudy Gamble
# 24# 20
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 22# 20
Fantasy Team Advice
# 23# 22
Brad Richter
# 31# 29
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2018 Stats 
At Bats593566
Home Runs3325
Stolen Bases76
Caught Stealing44
Batting Average.290.283
On Base Pct.389.376
Slugging Pct.533.470
On-base Plus Slugging.922.846
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2019 Projections 
At Bats563557
Home Runs3029
Stolen Bases117
Caught Stealing44
Batting Average.284.281
On Base Pct.383.367
Slugging Pct.509.501
On-base Plus Slugging.892.867
  Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
 Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with a walk, a solo homer, and a two-run single in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 29th
Anthony Rizzo (ankle) is absent from the Cubs' lineup on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-8 with a solo home run in Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 25th
Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, three runs scored, and a walk in Monday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 24th
Anthony Rizzo exited Sunday's game against the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI in Friday's win over the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
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
 Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, and four RBI Wednesday against the Giants.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
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
 Goldschmidt was incredible over his last 100 games, posting a .334/.424/.608 line. You may think his stats will take a big hit moving out of Chase Field, but with the humidor in place, it was actually among the worst park for hitters last season. In St. Louis, he should continue his run of 30+ homers, 95+ runs and a .290+ batting average
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Goldschmidt recovered from a dreadful first two months to finish as the second-best first baseman in fantasy in 2018, providing his typical production aside from a drop in stolen bases. The steals may not fully return, and Goldy's gradually increasing strikeout rate suggests he may not continue to hit above .290, either, particularly as he moves to a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark in St. Louis. Still, he is a strong bet to approach 30-100-100 and should go in the first two or three rounds of most fantasy drafts.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 Whatever happened in May, Goldschmidt remedied it. After batting .144/.252/.278 in the worst month of the career, he then hit .330/.420/.602 with 26 of his 33 homers. He still batted .290-his lowest average since 2012-with 33 homers and a .390 wOBA. Now stationed behind bat walks machine Matt Carpenter in St. Louis, the durable veteran makes a sturdy second-round selection who could return first-round value by reviving gaudy stolen-base tallies of years' past.
Andrew Gould - 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
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