Chicago Cubs: Top players with the most fantasy value

Javier Baez/ Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Javier Baez/ Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

As fantasy baseball season approaches, it is time for hopeful GM’s to best analyze the talent pool given by each team.  Who are the best the Chicago Cubs have to offer your team?

Three offensive players for the Chicago Cubs that stick out to that are poised to have strong seasons are Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and the NL MVP Runner-Up, Javier Báez. Often these three are synonymous with the Cubs and possibly have the most value to your fantasy roster. Here is a breakdown of what is to come in the 2019 season.

Kris Bryant- Two-years removed from being the NL MVP, Bryant is eyeing a return after missing a career-low 102 games. Going of the Top 300 Rankings of ESPN, KB is looking at 30 overall and a top-five third baseman. In his first three, healthy, seasons, he played over 150 games and averaged over 90 RBIs and over 31 homers. If this is any indication of how Bryant will play over a full season, there would be value in having him as your third baseman in a standard fantasy league.

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Anthony Rizzo– Unfortunately, Rizzo is not the prized first baseman anymore in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals addition of Paul Goldschmidt. The ESPN Top 300 has Rizzo at 37 on the list and the third first baseman overall only behind one other NL Central first baseman. Unfortunately, Rizzo is not the prized first baseman anymore in the Central with the St. Louis Cardinals addition of Goldschmidt.

In a completely bias opinion, some may believe the this will spark a fire within Rizzo and have a career year. Regarding the PECOTA projections for him, it is looking that he will have a career-high volume in at-bats, but only 87 RBIs after having four-straight years of 100+. PECOTA also has the Cubs finishing in dead last in the NL Central so take that with a grain of salt.

Javier Báez- In his age 26 season, Báez is looking to replicate his first MVP candidate year from 2018. After having a career high in four major categories, he is looking like a top two shortstop in all of MLB and 17 overall. This should come as no surprise given how electric and baseball savvy he is on the base paths. The potential of Báez hitting behind Rizzo, Bryant, and Zobrist will leave no question whether or not there will be an issue for RBI opportunities and quality at-bats. In addition to this, he has finally calmed down a little bit on swinging at balls outside the zone with two-strikes.

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Although Báez may be seen as an obvious first round pick, I think people will be sleeping on former NL MVP Kris Bryant, and All-Star first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. Sometimes flashy is not the best, but the consistent player who will get you the points you need.