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The Downfall of Anthony Rizzo

By DKL Staff - 7 years ago in MLB News

Anthony Rizzo


Will the real Anthony Rizzo please stand up?

What has happened to the Chicago Cubs and their powerhouse offense? Anthony Rizzo, who was a big part of the World Series Championship last year, has been off to a sluggish start to begin the 2017 season, and will need to pick it up big time if the Cubs want to make a World Series run yet again this year. The 27 year-old lefty is batting .213 this year with 6 homeruns through 36 games in 2017. Rizzo was batting .292 last year with a slugging percentage of .544, which has dipped to .383 so far this season. Anthony Rizzo is a big part of this Cubs team, and his numbers this season are not up to par. We expect Rizzo to go up to a .260-.270 hitter by the end of this year, but that is a huge drop off from last season.

Should You Play Him In DFS Contests?

On most nights, no. But with the winds blowing 32 MPH at Wrigley Field tonight, and Bronson Arroyo on the mound, Rizzo should be featured in your lineup. Any other night, he should not. In his last 14 games this season, he only has one extra base hit, and has not hit a homerun in any of those games. He is on a decline right now, but as the season goes on, we’ll keep an eye on him in case he starts to wake up. Rizzo is never a must play on any given day, but if you are attempting a Cubs stack against a weak right handed pitcher in a hitter’s ball park, then definitely give Rizzo a solid look. The 27 year-old has been in a slump, which in DFS terms is not what you want in your lineups. Until he breaks out of it, don’t start him.



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