Who Should I Draft?

Joey Votto or Nelson Cruz (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
39 of 59 experts
34%
Recommended by
20 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 40
Best Rank# 22# 4
Worst Rank# 85# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 52# 91
Best Rank# 46# 82
Worst Rank# 67# 105
   
Projections 
   
Runs8582
Home Runs2236
RBI83102
Stolen Bases41
Batting Average.292.274
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 49# 53
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 47
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 58
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 28# 36
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 34# 45
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 43
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 44
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 28# 40
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 39# 44
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 44# 45
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 36# 62
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 35# 51
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 45
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 47# 56
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 32# 43
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 35# 43
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 41# 51
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 40
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 45
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 22# 44
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 33# 43
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 30# 43
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 58
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 42# 65
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 34# 39
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 48# 52
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 45
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 36# 41
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 43
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 31# 41
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 28# 43
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 39# 42
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 41# 43
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 32# 43
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 32# 71
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 44# 48
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 51# 65
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 55
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 29# 4
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 38# 35
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 39# 35
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 40# 19
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 41# 40
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 39
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 45# 38
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 35
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 48# 38
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 49# 27
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 51# 36
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 51# 44
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 53# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 54# 47
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 56# 20
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 60# 39
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 74# 21
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 77# 44
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 85# 48
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats503519
   
Runs6770
   
Hits143133
   
Singles10177
   
Doubles2818
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs1237
   
RBI6797
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks10855
   
Strikeouts101122
   
Batting Average.284.256
   
On Base Pct.417.342
   
Slugging Pct.420.509
   
On-base Plus Slugging.837.851
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats522525
   
Runs8582
   
Hits152144
   
Singles9983
   
Doubles3023
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs2236
   
RBI83102
   
Stolen Bases41
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks10856
   
Strikeouts101126
   
Batting Average.292.274
   
On Base Pct.413.343
   
Slugging Pct.482.526
   
On-base Plus Slugging.895.870
   
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday against Arizona.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a homer, two runs, two RBI, and a walk in a 9-5 win over the Indians in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 14th
 Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base in Thursday’s 11-5 win over the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in a 12-6 loss to the Nationals on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 13th
 Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI double, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-4 in a 5-0 win over Washington on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
 Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' game two loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Nelson Cruz left Friday's game with a sore left wrist. He is day-to-day.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Sep 7th
 Joey Votto (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Marlins. He batted second and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-5 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 4th
Notes 
 Votto did not return second round value or even close to it last year, but his ADP should be around the fifth this year. You can expect his batting average to bounceback above .300, and don't forget that he had 94 HRs in the previous three years before his 12 in 2018
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Forget the groundhog seeing his shadow; there's no better sign of spring's arrival than seeing Cruz get drafted criminally late. After merely clobbering 37 homers-his lowest tally since 2013-the stud DH has a consensus ADP outside of the top 100. That's an absurdly low price for a dependably elite slugger who finished in the 98th percentile of hard-hit rate, exit velocity, xwOBA, and xSLG. Despite logging a .282 xBA for the third straight year, his actual average dropped from .287 and .288 to .256. Even if he merely splits the difference and reverts to .270, he'd be a better version of Rhys Hoskins going multiple rounds later. So what if he doesn't have a position? Were you planning on leaving a utility spot empty?
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Votto enters 2019 as one of the bigger mysteries in fantasy baseball, following a season in which he hit just 12 HRs in 145 games and produced a .284 batting average that was 27 points lower than his career .311 mark. Was this an issue of mechanics, injuries, or simply advancing age? Votto believes it was a mechanical issue with his swing that he can fix, but only time will tell. Even in a down year, his prodigious plate discipline remained in tact, so he is sure to remain a major asset in OBP leagues. He's a little riskier in standard 5x5 formats, but first base is shallow and he should bounce back enough to at least remain a decent starter in 12-team leagues. The Miguel Cabrera career path feels like a worst case scenario, and that isn't too bad.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Cruz has seen his batting average fall from .302 slowly down to .256 over the last four seasons, but the homers and RBIs are still firmly among the top of the league even despite his advanced again. You can rely on his durability and power in 2019 so don't hesitate to grab him in the 6th or 7th round.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Votto, now 35 years old, hit 12 homers last year after clubbing 36 in 2017. At least he maintained his stellar plate approach, tallying more walks (108) than strikeouts (101) while lacing MLB's second-highest line-drive rate (31.4%) behind Freddie Freeman. While still a commendable performer in OBP and points leagues, he'll need a power uptick to justify an early investment in roto and H2H category formats. A modest rise in last year's career-low 9.5% HR/FB rate should at least steer him closer to his .477 xSLG with 20-25 homers. That would make him a worthy bounce-back pick if paired with anything near his career .311 batting average.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros