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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Nelson Cruz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
41 of 55 experts
25%
Recommended by
14 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 38# 42
Best Rank# 11# 28
Worst Rank# 95# 91
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 33# 78
Best Rank# 30# 48
Worst Rank# 47# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs31
Home Runs1014
RBI39
Stolen Bases0
Batting Avg.279
Strikeouts6751
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.62
WHIP1.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-FA
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 45# 52
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 49
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 49
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 69# 80
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 51
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 52# 61
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 58# 66
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 44# 48
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 50
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 11# 49
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 52
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 42# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 35# 37
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 46
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 47
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 46
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 47# 52
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 43
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 48# 76
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 42# 46
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 37# 41
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 43# 47
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 54
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 44# 57
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 28# 53
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 46# 57
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 52
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 44
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 44# 53
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 36# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 44# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 37# 51
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 62# 67
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 35# 42
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 58
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 28# 54
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 21# 28
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 45# 91
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 42
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 32
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 39# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 45# 44
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 46# 38
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 47# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 50# 46
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 51# 43
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 52# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 56
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 65# 35
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 76# 67
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 80# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 81# 37
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 95# 39
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs81
   
Home Runs2841
   
RBI108
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.311
   
Strikeouts189131
   
Wins16
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.08
   
WHIP1.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs31
   
Home Runs1014
   
RBI39
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.279
   
Strikeouts6751
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.62
   
WHIP1.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Clayton Kershaw picked up the win on Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings in the Dodgers 4-2 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Oct 26th
La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Nelson Cruz is seeking a two-year deal this offseason.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Oct 23rd
 Clayton Kershaw picked up the win on Tuesday when he allowed just one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk across six innings in the Dodgers 8-3 win over the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 21st
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
 The Dodgers announced LHP Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the 2020 World Series, which begins on Tuesday evening against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 19th
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
 Clayton Kershaw took the loss on Thursday when he surrendered four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in the Dodgers 10-2 loss to the Braves in Game 4 of the NLCS.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 16th
Nelson Cruz (knee) is once against absent from the Twins' lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 22nd
 Clayton Kershaw, who was scratched prior to his scheduled start on Tuesday due to back spasms, will start Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Oct 14th
Nelson Cruz was removed from the lineup in Saturday’s contest against the Cubs due to right knee soreness.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
Notes 
 Durability is an issue that concerns me less in 60 games than it might if we were in 162, but he isn't an Ace any more. He gets hurt too much and a DL/IL stint is a killer in a 9 week season.
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
 Kershaw silenced the decline talks last year after he put up another good season with an improved SwStr%. In quality starts leagues, he was money for managers, as he consistently went six and seven innings in his starts. He's had to change who he is as a pitcher, as the velocity just isn't there, which gives him little margin for error. He's worth taking still, but he's more of an SP2 at this point.
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
 Peak Kershaw may be gone, but the version that remains is pretty darn good himself. Kershaw passed 175 innings pitched for the first time since 2015 despite starting the season on the IL, and although his ERA crept above 3.00 for the first time since 2008, his overall numbers remain elite. With strong win potential always present, Kershaw is a fine second starter on your staff. But his days of carrying a fantasy team are behind him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Hit .311 with 41 homers last year. Entering age-39 season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 No longer an ace but the price to draft him is reasonable. Can expect wins playing for the Dodgers, which can be tough for SPs to find
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros