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Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rizzo or Nelson Cruz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
26 of 45 experts
42%
Recommended by
19 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 32# 34
Best Rank# 20# 21
Worst Rank# 52# 59
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 59# 80
Best Rank# 36# 64
Worst Rank# 65# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs3432
Home Runs1115
RBI3641
Stolen Bases20
Batting Average.290.283
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 59
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 43# 57
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 34# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 52
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 42
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 25# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 37
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 31# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 33# 37
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 31# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 38
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 35# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 34# 52
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 35# 44
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 33# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 32# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 35# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 35# 41
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 34# 40
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 34# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 31# 39
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 28# 38
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 29# 40
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 28# 32
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 30# 38
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 27# 26
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 34# 32
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 35# 31
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 35# 34
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 37# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 37# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 39# 35
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 21
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 41# 33
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 41# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 37
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 41# 37
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 28
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 44# 26
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 36
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 49# 23
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 33
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 52# 47
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats512454
   
Runs8981
   
Hits150141
   
Singles9174
   
Doubles2926
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs2741
   
RBI94108
   
Stolen Bases50
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks7156
   
Strikeouts86131
   
Batting Average.293.311
   
On Base Pct.405.392
   
Slugging Pct.520.639
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9241.031
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats200191
   
Runs3432
   
Hits5854
   
Singles3530
   
Doubles129
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs1115
   
RBI3641
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks2822
   
Strikeouts3353
   
Batting Average.290.283
   
On Base Pct.376.358
   
Slugging Pct.508.562
   
On-base Plus Slugging.885.920
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Anthony Rizzo
1B - CHC
Anthony Rizzo
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Anthony Rizzo was not in Tuesday's intrasquad game due to lower back tightness.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Jul 7th
Nelson Cruz told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he does not plan to retire after the 2020 season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 1st
 Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Anthony Rizzo is planning to play in the 2020 MLB season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 29th
Nelson Cruz receives 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the ESPYs.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jun 22nd
 Anthony Rizzo (blister) played first base and hit second on Saturday against the Reds, going 0-for-2 with a run scored.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Mar 8th
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Michael Felner
Thu, Mar 12th
 Anthony Rizzo was scratched from Thursday's spring game against the Rangers due to a blister.
Brad Camara
Thu, Mar 5th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with a solo homer in a 3-3 tie with the Orioles on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Mar 5th
 Anthony Rizzo is primarily expected to bat second for the Cubs in 2020.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Feb 20th
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Michael Felner
Thu, Feb 27th
Notes 
 It's like the fantasy community finally caught on to Rizzo. For years, he's gone in the first few rounds of drafts, but there was really no justification for it. Even now, going 43rd overall is early for Rizzo, who fails to stand out in any real way. He's a poor man's Freddie Freeman, but, like, really poor. The power production has dipped, too, and that's in an age where you need your first baseman to hit home runs. If you want to grab him as a safe play at a shallow position, go for it, but you're passing up on better talent to do so.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Nelson Cruz falls in every draft, in every year, for the past four to five years. It's because he's ancient in baseball years, and only David Ortiz remains undefeated against Father Time. It also hurts that Cruz is DH only, but production is production. If you're looking at Yordan Alvarez in the first few rounds of the draft, you'd be better suited to wait a few rounds and take Cruz for as good - if not better - production. That is, assuming this isn't year where it all falls apart.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 We've never seen Rizzo hit 35 homers or bat .300 but his production has been so steady that fantasy owners can be certain they'll get 25 homers with 80+ runs, 90+ RBIs and a batting average north of .275. That makes him a worthwhile 4th or 5th round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
If you removed Cruz's age from the equation, he'd be a top pick in fantasy. Despite missing nearly a quarter of the season to injury last year, he again put up elite numbers, topping 40 home runs and 100 RBI while batting .311. Cruz will be 40 this year, never plays the field and is starting to miss more time to injuries. But he's essentially forgotten in most drafts and has shown very little skills decline. Don't shy away from him on draft day even though he clogs your utility spot.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 About as safe as you can get. Great pick if you take risks elsewhere.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 
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Frank Stampfl - RotoExperts