Who Should I Draft?

Francisco Lindor or Anthony Rizzo (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
40 of 59 experts
32%
Recommended by
19 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 24
Best Rank# 3# 17
Worst Rank# 98# 36
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 12# 34
Best Rank# 10# 29
Worst Rank# 20# 37
   
Projections 
   
Runs10088
Home Runs2929
RBI81100
Stolen Bases177
Batting Average.285.281
   
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Injury Alert--
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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# 11# 23
   
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# 17# 29
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 18# 23
   
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# 20# 26
   
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Brewer Rat
# 3# 22
   
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The Athletic
# 15# 22
   
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Beast Dome
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The Athletic
# 16# 19
   
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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FantasyPros
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RotoBaller
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FantasyPros
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Hail to Fantasy Football
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BRoto Fantasy
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The Fantasy Fix
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The Fake Baseball
# 19# 18
   
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# 22# 17
   
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# 23# 20
   
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The Athletic
# 25# 21
   
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Razzball
# 28# 24
   
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Razzball
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# 33# 25
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 37# 24
   
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The Athletic
# 37# 34
   
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# 41# 20
   
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# 42# 29
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 59# 24
   
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RotoBaller
# 64# 23
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 98# 25
   
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats661566
   
Runs12974
   
Hits183160
   
Singles101105
   
Doubles4229
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs3825
   
RBI92101
   
Stolen Bases256
   
Caught Stealing104
   
Walks7070
   
Strikeouts10780
   
Batting Average.277.283
   
On Base Pct.352.376
   
Slugging Pct.519.470
   
On-base Plus Slugging.871.846
   
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats559557
   
Runs10088
   
Hits160157
   
Singles9493
   
Doubles3532
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs2929
   
RBI81100
   
Stolen Bases177
   
Caught Stealing64
   
Walks5875
   
Strikeouts8787
   
Batting Average.285.281
   
On Base Pct.352.367
   
Slugging Pct.511.501
   
On-base Plus Slugging.864.867
   
  Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
News 
 Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer in an 8-2 loss to Washington in Sunday's season finale.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 30th
Anthony Rizzo (ankle) is absent from the Cubs' lineup on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 27th
 Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 in an 8-0 loss to the White Sox on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 27th
Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
 Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and a steal in a 9-4 loss to the Phillies on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 22nd
Anthony Rizzo exited Sunday's game against the Pirates in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-5 in a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 18th
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
 Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in a 4-3 win over the Angels on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
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
Notes 
 Originally expected to return from a calf injury in early April, Lindor suffered an ankle ailment while rehabbing. There's now no timetable for his recovery, and it's increasingly hard to see Cleveland letting him run once back on the diamond. Investors have little choice but to wait and hope for the best, but they shouldn't expect him to return first-round value.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Lindor kicked it up another notch in 2018, mashing 38 homers to go with 25 steals and his league-leading 129 runs. We can't bank on a repeat performance in 2019, but with even 80% of those numbers at shortstop, he'd return easy 1st round value.
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
 Coming off a tremendous season, Lindor would arguably deserve to be in a tier of his own at shortstop if he hadn't suffered a strained calf in early February. As it is, he falls into a similar category of player as Javier Baez and Trevor Story: shortstops coming off of 30-20 seasons who have sky-high upside but also a bit of risk. The concern for Lindor is that he misses the beginning of the season and/or doesn't run as much upon his return, but the good news is that he was so good last year that they can afford to drop off a bit and still remain an elite fantasy option.
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