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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
83%
Recommended by
38 of 46 experts
17%
Recommended by
8 of 46 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 34
Best Rank# 15# 19
Worst Rank# 47# 57
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 45# 81
Best Rank# 32# 61
Worst Rank# 54# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs3131
Home Runs1014
RBI3040
Stolen Bases50
Batting Average.285.281
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 36
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 36
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 45# 57
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 31# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 42
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 29# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 37
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 31# 37
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 30
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 34
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 33
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 30# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 26# 36
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 21# 52
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 28# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 35
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 25# 32
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 23
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 34# 47
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 26# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 31# 41
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 26
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 15# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 29# 31
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 40
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 29# 41
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 27# 38
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 40
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 27# 39
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 24# 33
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 21# 34
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 28
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 31# 19
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 35# 26
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 36# 32
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 37# 34
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 40# 32
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 47# 38
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 47# 44
   
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 Bats198190
   
Runs3131
   
Hits5653
   
Singles3330
   
Doubles119
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs1014
   
RBI3040
   
Stolen Bases50
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks1922
   
Strikeouts4651
   
Batting Average.285.281
   
On Base Pct.346.356
   
Slugging Pct.517.553
   
On-base Plus Slugging.863.910
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Austin Meadows
LF,RF,DH - TB
Austin Meadows
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Austin Meadows was not present for both Saturday and Sunday's summer camp workouts.
Brad Camara
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
 Austin Meadows went 0-for-3 with a walk an a run scored in the Rays' 9-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 4th
Nelson Cruz receives 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the ESPYs.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jun 22nd
 Austin Meadows went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in the Rays' 3-3 tie versus the Orioles on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 2nd
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Michael Felner
Thu, Mar 12th
  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
  Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Michael Felner
Thu, Feb 27th
Notes 
 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
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
 Although we haven't seen it for an extended stretch, what Meadows did last year, hitting 33 homers with a .291 average and 12 steals makes him well worth considering if he lasts into the fifth round of your drafts. There may be room for more upside as well.
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
 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