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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Meadows or Nelson Cruz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
29 of 52 experts
44%
Recommended by
23 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 30
Best Rank# 16# 20
Worst Rank# 86# 63
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 48# 78
Best Rank# 35# 48
Worst Rank# 74# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs2931
Home Runs1014
RBI2939
Stolen Bases50
Batting Average.284.279
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 36
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 45# 57
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 49
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 34# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 42
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 29# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 37
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 30# 35
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 20# 35
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 33
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 29# 37
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 21# 52
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 24# 34
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 28# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 26# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 31# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 36
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 38
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 25# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 24# 40
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 43
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 24# 33
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 59# 63
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 21# 34
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 28# 31
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 28
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 32# 31
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 33# 20
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 27
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 35# 26
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 36# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 37# 36
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 37# 34
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 39# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 40# 23
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 30
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 40# 32
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 44# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 31
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 51# 37
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 53# 35
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 54# 48
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 54# 21
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 55# 33
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 58# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 74# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 86# 30
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats530454
   
Runs8381
   
Hits154141
   
Singles8574
   
Doubles2926
   
Triples70
   
Home Runs3341
   
RBI89108
   
Stolen Bases120
   
Caught Stealing71
   
Walks5456
   
Strikeouts131131
   
Batting Average.291.311
   
On Base Pct.364.392
   
Slugging Pct.559.639
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9221.031
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats185190
   
Runs2931
   
Hits5253
   
Singles3030
   
Doubles119
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs1014
   
RBI2939
   
Stolen Bases50
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks1722
   
Strikeouts4351
   
Batting Average.284.279
   
On Base Pct.345.353
   
Slugging Pct.513.549
   
On-base Plus Slugging.858.902
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Austin Meadows went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 win in Game 5 of the ALDS. The Rays beat the Yankees 3-2 in the series.
Brad Camara
Sat, Oct 10th
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 29th
 OF Austin Meadows went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Brad Camara
Wed, Oct 7th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 5-3 loss to the Reds in Sunday's regular-season finale.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 28th
 Austin Meadows is leading off in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Oct 6th
Nelson Cruz (knee) is once against absent from the Twins' lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 22nd
 Austin Meadows (oblique) is absent from the Rays' lineup in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 5th
Nelson Cruz was removed from the lineup in Saturday’s contest against the Cubs due to right knee soreness.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
 OF Austin Meadows (oblique) will be on the roster for the ALDS against the Yankees.
Brad Camara
Mon, Oct 5th
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a double in a win over Chicago on Wednesday.
Michael Felner
Thu, Sep 17th
Notes 
 Great 2019 but I just don't buy it. (Hypocritical considering I am a Danny Santana buyer I realize). I don't even consider a drop-off in 2020 regression because I don't believe 2019 was anything close to what he actually is. I won't draft him in any league unless he falls outside the Top 100.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
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
 If you draft a Tampa Bay position player - especially this year - you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Well, except for Austin Meadows. The Rays have so many platoon options on their team, but Meadows is one of the few players who are locked into an everyday role. Meadows finally lived up to his prospect pedigree last season, and there's room for more growth if he can channel the speed that he flashed in the minors. The big thing to watch with Meadows is how he performs against lefties, but don't overthink it - especially in that division."
Michael Waterloo - 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
 Some big time potential here if you are willing to take on the injury risk.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Hit .311 with 41 homers last year. Entering age-39 season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Love the player but ADP is just a tad too rich for my blood
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros