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Who Should I Draft?

Austin Meadows or Nelson Cruz (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
Expert
Recommendation
91%
Recommended by
39 of 43 experts
9%
Recommended by
4 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 67# 81
Best Rank# 50# 61
Worst Rank# 116# 116
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 150# 135
Best Rank# 117# 124
Worst Rank# 170# 145
   
Projections 
   
Runs7675
Home Runs3226
RBI9084
Stolen Bases26
Batting Average.267.250
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 74
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 75# 89
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 68# 71
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 71# 82
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 58# 76
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 106# 109
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 71# 85
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 67# 106
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 55# 66
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 71# 75
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 70# 77
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 65# 79
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 61# 106
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 65# 76
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 70# 76
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 79# 87
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 64# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 65# 80
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 67# 78
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 67# 73
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 64# 78
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 55# 67
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 81# 89
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 66# 80
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 77# 85
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 80# 91
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 71# 103
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 66
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 56# 73
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 82# 107
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 61
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 56# 82
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 75# 81
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 57# 78
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 63# 94
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 80# 116
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 66# 99
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 95# 100
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 77# 67
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 84# 69
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 78# 73
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 116# 112
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats513518
   
Runs7979
   
Hits136120
   
Singles8261
   
Doubles2129
   
Triples13
   
Home Runs3227
   
RBI86106
   
Stolen Bases34
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks5159
   
Strikeouts126122
   
Batting Average.265.232
   
On Base Pct.335.313
   
Slugging Pct.497.456
   
On-base Plus Slugging.832.769
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats496497
   
Runs7675
   
Hits132124
   
Singles7868
   
Doubles2127
   
Triples14
   
Home Runs3226
   
RBI9084
   
Stolen Bases26
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks5154
   
Strikeouts132123
   
Batting Average.267.250
   
On Base Pct.336.323
   
Slugging Pct.503.468
   
On-base Plus Slugging.839.791
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Austin Meadows
DH,LF,RF - DET
Austin Meadows
News 
 Nationals DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 Friday, singling twice in the Nationals' 7-0 loss to the Brewers.
Chris Schommer
Sat, May 21st
The Tigers will be placing Austin Meadows on the 10-day IL with an inner ear infection, according to A.J. Hinch.
Dan Harris
Sun, May 15th
 Nelson Cruz was scratched from Monday's lineup after informing the Nationals he wasn't feeling well after arriving at the park. He was sent home as a precaution.
Scott Youngson - FantasyPros
Mon, May 16th
Austin Meadows was removed from Sunday’s game against the Orioles for undisclosed reasons.
Dan Harris
Sun, May 15th
 Nationals DH Nelson Crux went 3-for-4 Saturday, doubling once, singling twice, scoring two runs, and driving in three runs in the Nationals' 13-6 win over the Astros.
Chris Schommer
Sun, May 15th
Tigers OF Austin Meadows (inner ear infection) is not in the lineup for Detroit’s afternoon matchup against the Baltimore Orioles.
Chris Schommer
Sat, May 14th
 Nationals DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 Friday, singling twice in the Nationals' 6-1 loss to the Astros
Chris Schommer
Sat, May 14th
Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows is dealing with an inner ear infection.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, May 13th
 Nationals DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 Wednesday, hitting a three-run home run in the Nationals' 8-3 win over the Mets.
Chris Schommer
Thu, May 12th
Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows went 0-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to the A's on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, May 12th
Notes 
 This ageless wonder will turn 42 on July 1 but continues to mash. He'll do his mashing for the Nationals this year after signing a one-year deal. Cruz belted 32 home runs last year, which was actually his lowest total for a full season since 2013. He was batting .294 for Minnesota before being traded to Tampa, where he hit only .226 the rest of the way. At his age, the decline could come quickly, but exit velocity, barrel rate and other power peripherals say he's still going strong.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
On the one hand, Meadows largely bounced back from the horror story that was the abbreviated 2020 season. His strikeout rate normalized, his power returned, and his playing time stabilized. The glaring exception was that he could not correct his sudden struggles against lefties. In 2019, Meadows slashed .275/.316/.521 against southpaws. Last year, he slashed just .198/.270/.293 against them. Even if Meadows's overall numbers are passable, it seems unlikely that a team like the Rays are going to let a player who is merely an average defender continue to keep an everyday job when he's virtually useless against left-handed throwers. That would still leave Meadows on the strong side of a platoon, but if he does begin to sit more regularly, his counting stats will take a hit, and fantasy managers should be aware of that before they select him in their drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros