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Who Should I Draft?

Brandon Lowe or Anthony Rizzo (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
25 of 50 experts
50%
Recommended by
25 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 55# 52
Best Rank# 32# 40
Worst Rank# 116# 80
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 63# 92
Best Rank# 62# 75
Worst Rank# 78# 98
   
Projections 
   
Runs7986
Home Runs2827
RBI8487
Stolen Bases76
Batting Average.256.268
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 62# 49
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 64# 49
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 93# 50
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 86# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 59# 52
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 89# 44
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 67# 56
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 116# 51
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 67# 53
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 55
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 54# 53
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 74# 52
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 61# 48
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 76# 51
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 56# 53
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 64# 49
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 77# 51
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 67# 52
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 52# 47
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 58# 45
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 54# 53
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 55# 48
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 57# 53
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 81# 52
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 100# 51
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 32# 54
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 33# 45
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 33# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 36# 58
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 40# 56
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 65
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 42# 80
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 44# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 44# 54
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 44# 78
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 45# 54
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 46# 52
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 46# 61
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 46# 54
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 47# 65
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 48# 49
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 50# 55
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 50# 60
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 51# 55
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 53# 58
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 53# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 55
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 62# 64
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 65# 74
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats193203
   
Runs3626
   
Hits5245
   
Singles2728
   
Doubles96
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs1411
   
RBI3724
   
Stolen Bases33
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks2528
   
Strikeouts5838
   
Batting Average.269.222
   
On Base Pct.362.342
   
Slugging Pct.554.414
   
On-base Plus Slugging.916.755
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats513548
   
Runs7986
   
Hits129145
   
Singles7189
   
Doubles2627
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs2827
   
RBI8487
   
Stolen Bases76
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks5574
   
Strikeouts16199
   
Batting Average.256.268
   
On Base Pct.329.356
   
Slugging Pct.482.471
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.827
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Brandon Lowe
1B,2B,RF - TB
Brandon Lowe
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
News 
 Brandon Lowe went 2-for-5 with a home run, a walk, two total RBI and two runs scored in a 14-7 win over the Royals on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 21st
Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-2 with three walks versus New York Wednesday. He would score three times and drive one in.
Jamie Mellor
Thu, Apr 22nd
 Brandon Lowe is absent from Saturday's lineup against the Yankees.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 17th
Anthony Rizzo connected with two solo home runs versus the Braves Sunday. He now has three homers on the season.
Jamie Mellor
Mon, Apr 19th
 Brandon Lowe hit his first homer of the 2021 season in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 15th
Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 Saturday versus the Braves. He would come around to score twice.
Jamie Mellor
Sun, Apr 18th
 Brandon Lowe went 2-for-4 at the plate on Tuesday night as the Rays lost to the Rangers by an 8-3 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 14th
Anthony Rizzo did not produce a run in the win Tuesday versus the Brewers. However, he did steal his second base of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, Apr 14th
 Brandon Lowe went 1-for-5 at the plate with a three-run double and three strikeouts in Friday's 10-5 win over the Yankees.
John Aubin
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
Notes 
 Lowe actually lost a point on his batting average from 2019 (.269 from .270), but his profile looked far better in 2020. He cut his strikeout rate from 34.6% to 25.9%, and his swinging strike rate from 19.1% to 15.4%. Despite barreling the ball a whopping 17.5% of the time (top 2 percent in baseball), his average dropped a point because, well, he just didn't have an outrageously lucky BABIP like he did in 2019 (.377). Lowe improved his ISO and HR/FB rate, and was generally the best version of himself in 2020. Even mashing together his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Lowe has hit 31 homers and stole eight bases over 138 games. Batting near the top of a strong lineup, he should deliver another solid season at the thin second base position.
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
 Lowe is underrated. Has legit 30/10 potential, health barring. I like him at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy