Who Should I Draft?

Lorenzo Cain or Nelson Cruz (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
30 of 56 experts
46%
Recommended by
26 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 37# 40
Best Rank# 27# 4
Worst Rank# 74# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 63# 91
Best Rank# 49# 82
Worst Rank# 66# 105
   
Projections 
   
Runs8882
Home Runs1336
RBI54102
Stolen Bases241
Batting Average.293.274
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 47
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 58
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 43
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 29# 44
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 27# 40
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 35# 44
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 38# 44
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 44# 62
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 32# 51
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 36# 49
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 41# 47
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 34# 43
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 33# 36
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 51
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 45
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 39# 43
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 34# 38
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 34# 43
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 34# 43
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 58
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 32# 65
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 33# 39
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 35# 52
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 37# 45
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 37# 41
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 36# 42
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 34# 71
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 48
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 30# 65
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 34# 55
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 30# 21
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 36# 35
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 38# 34
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 39# 36
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 40# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 42# 35
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 43# 41
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 44# 40
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 45# 39
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 46# 45
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 48# 45
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 50# 35
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 50# 20
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 51# 27
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 51# 39
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 54# 43
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 55# 19
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 56# 53
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 56# 44
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 62# 48
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 64# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 64# 44
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 71# 4
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 74# 45
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 74# 40
   
  Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats539519
   
Runs9070
   
Hits166133
   
Singles12977
   
Doubles2518
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs1037
   
RBI3897
   
Stolen Bases301
   
Caught Stealing70
   
Walks7155
   
Strikeouts94122
   
Batting Average.308.256
   
On Base Pct.395.342
   
Slugging Pct.417.509
   
On-base Plus Slugging.813.851
   
  Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats552525
   
Runs8882
   
Hits162144
   
Singles11983
   
Doubles2723
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1336
   
RBI54102
   
Stolen Bases241
   
Caught Stealing50
   
Walks6156
   
Strikeouts99126
   
Batting Average.293.274
   
On Base Pct.363.343
   
Slugging Pct.422.526
   
On-base Plus Slugging.785.870
   
  Lorenzo Cain
CF - MIL
Lorenzo Cain
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Lorenzo Cain (thumb) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Jun 26th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI, and a run in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 27th
 Lorenzo Cain shifted to the cleanup spot in the order for Saturday's game, and received a day off on Sunday.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Jun 24th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with two RBI in an 8-7 win over the Royals on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Lorenzo Cain went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in the Brewers' 4-1 loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three RBI in an 8-6 loss to the Royals on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
 Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts on Wednesday against the Astros.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 13th
Cruz was left out of the Twins' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 14th
 Lorenzo Cain left Wednesday’s game versus the Marlins with a jammed right thumb.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in a 10-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
Notes 
 Cain didn't experience the power growth that many were expecting when he moved from Kansas City to Milwaukee, and his fantasy value was somewhat lessened by an absurdly low RBI count (38). But he did hit north of .300 for the fourth time in five seasons and collected a career-high 30 stolen bases. It's probably time to accept that he is not going to be a 20 HR guy, but he doesn't need to be one to be a top-50 hitter in standard 5x5 leagues. And he could be even better than that if everything clicks and he goes .300-15-30 with over 100 runs scored.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 Cain joined Mookie Betts and Whit Merrifield as the only players to hit .300 with 10 homers and 30 steals last season. He set career highs in walk and hard-hit rates atop Milwaukee's lineup, leading to 90 runs scores in 141 games. Yet a troubling injury past and ageism is keeping the veteran outfielder outside the top-five rounds. Having hit at least .300 with 10 homers and 25 steals in three of the last four seasons, he's a relatively safe bargain to target for a speed foundation.
Andrew Gould - 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
 In the past five years, Cain is one of only 15 players averaging a .300 batting average, and among them, he is 2nd behind only Jose Altuve with 126 steals. There isn't much in the way of power, but you can bank on him contributing in all five categories with plenty of durablity.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros