Coming off consecutive 30-home-run seasons, Anthony Rizzo entered the year with lofty expectations and met them. He tied his career high of 32 big flies and set new career highs in RBI and batting average. While he was unable to replicate the 17 steals he put up in 2015, it now seems like a crazy anomaly considering he only has 19 steals over his five major league seasons excluding that season. Rizzo is clearly one of the league's better power hitters, finishing in the top 20 in slugging percentage each of the last three seasons. He's also a consistently disciplined hitter, taking at least 73 walks each of the last four seasons. At 27 years old, Rizzo is entering his prime and figures to be hitting in the middle of a potent lineup for years to come considering the plethora of young hitting talent the Cubs have. While he won't be the first fantasy pick, Rizzo won't last long on draft boards in 2017.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Pirates. His two-run shot off Daniel Hudson in the eighth inning brought the Cubs to within one, but they weren't able to complete the comeback. Rizzo now has five homers on the season -- four of which have come in his last six games -- and a strong 12:12 BB:K through 21 games has him on pace for a career-high .400 OBP.
Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. It was his third consecutive game with a homer. Up to 10 runs, five doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases with a .296/.412/.535 slash line, Rizzo has kick-started 2017 as expected. He's a set-and-forget option at first base and offers a high fantasy floor because of the strong supporting cast surrounding him in the Chicago lineup.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a walk, home run, three RBI, and three runs in Saturday's victory over the Reds. Rizzo's third homer of the season was a three-run shot to give the Cubs a first-inning lead of a game they'd win easily. He's now homered in back-to-back contests, and it's very possible that he might be ready to go on an extended power surge.
Rizzo went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer and a walk in Friday's 6-5 win over the Reds. Rizzo's second blast of the season erased a three-run deficit in the ninth inning, helping the Cubs pull off an extra innings victory. Although he's struggled to find his power stroke this month, there's no doubt that it's just a matter of time until he goes on a tear and puts up the type of numbers that have made him a top fantasy pick.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI during Thursday's win over Los Angeles. This was Rizzo's second consecutive multi-hit game, and it appears his slow start (4-for-25 through the first six games) is in the rearview mirror. Expect the proven slugger to string together a heater sooner than later, as he's a key cog in the heart of a potent lineup, after all.
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