Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Starling Marte (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
38 of 59 experts
36%
Recommended by
21 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 25
Best Rank# 17# 11
Worst Rank# 36# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 34# 37
Best Rank# 29# 34
Worst Rank# 37# 40
   
Projections 
   
Runs8881
Home Runs2918
RBI10068
Stolen Bases733
Batting Average.281.282
   
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Injury Alert--
   
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CBS Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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RotoBaller
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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RotoBaller
# 26# 24
   
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FanGraphs
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Razzball
# 26# 24
   
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Beast Dome
# 30# 20
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats566559
   
Runs7481
   
Hits160155
   
Singles10598
   
Doubles2932
   
Triples15
   
Home Runs2520
   
RBI10172
   
Stolen Bases633
   
Caught Stealing414
   
Walks7035
   
Strikeouts80109
   
Batting Average.283.277
   
On Base Pct.376.327
   
Slugging Pct.470.460
   
On-base Plus Slugging.846.787
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats557558
   
Runs8881
   
Hits157157
   
Singles93107
   
Doubles3230
   
Triples25
   
Home Runs2918
   
RBI10068
   
Stolen Bases733
   
Caught Stealing411
   
Walks7534
   
Strikeouts87110
   
Batting Average.281.282
   
On Base Pct.367.323
   
Slugging Pct.501.445
   
On-base Plus Slugging.867.769
   
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Starling Marte
CF - PIT
Starling Marte
News 
 Anthony Rizzo (ankle) is absent from the Cubs' lineup on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' lineup for their Saturday game against the Cubs.
Dan Harris
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
Starling Marte returned to the lineup Friday and went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, and a run scored.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
 Anthony Rizzo exited Sunday's game against the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
Starling Marte missed his second straight game Thursday and may be nursing an undisclosed injury.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 6th
 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
Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with a double and four runs scored in Friday's win over the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 31st
 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
Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Aug 29th
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
Marte bounced back from his 2017 suspension season with another big year. He stolen 33 bases, knocked 20 homers and batted a quality .277. While he may not swipe 45 bags anymore, that power/speed combo makes him well worth a fourth round pick in standard leagues
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
With 30+ steals in five of the last six seasons and a batting average that is generally more useful than his on-base percentage, Marte is the definition of a roto league specialist. He also hit a career-high 20 home runs last season, and while that may be close to his ceiling for power, last season's .277 average is on the low end of what you can expect from him. While his HRs and average have fluctuated a bit from year to year, Marte has consistently been a top-50 player in standard 5x5 formats, and he should be so again in 2019.
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
The only players to bat at least .275 with 20 homers and 30 steals last season: Mookie Betts and Starling Marte. Lower the steals query to 20, and they're joined by Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich, Trevor Story, and Javier Baez. Only one of those guys frequently lasts beyond the third round. Marte will struggle to repeat that career-high in homers given his ground-ball tendencies, but he has swiped at least 30 bags in each of his last five full seasons. (He stole 21 in 77 games in 2017.) Don't worry too much about his poor walk rate in five-by-five leagues.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros