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Who Should I Draft?

Michael Conforto or Nelson Cruz (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Michael Conforto
CF,RF - NYM
Michael Conforto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
25 of 50 experts
50%
Recommended by
25 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 43
Best Rank# 29# 25
Worst Rank# 60# 79
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 67# 85
Best Rank# 56# 64
Worst Rank# 79# 92
   
Projections 
   
Runs9076
Home Runs2934
RBI9089
Stolen Bases61
Batting Average.264.269
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 35
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 36
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 42# 40
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 51# 41
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 40# 31
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 44# 41
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 47# 43
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 41# 39
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 41# 31
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 44# 43
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 45# 43
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 52# 33
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 47# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 44
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 55# 39
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 45# 42
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 25
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 51# 31
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 43# 36
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 42# 30
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 41# 36
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 36# 35
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 29# 61
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 33# 47
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 34# 36
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 36# 45
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 39
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 38# 57
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 38# 40
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 39# 43
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 40# 47
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 52
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 40# 52
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 40# 79
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 42# 51
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 42# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 44
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 43# 60
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 43# 49
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 44# 45
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 45# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 47# 52
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 47# 76
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 54# 56
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 55# 68
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 56# 65
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 60# 70
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Michael Conforto
CF,RF - NYM
Michael Conforto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats202185
   
Runs4033
   
Hits6556
   
Singles4434
   
Doubles126
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs916
   
RBI3133
   
Stolen Bases30
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks2425
   
Strikeouts5758
   
Batting Average.322.303
   
On Base Pct.412.397
   
Slugging Pct.515.595
   
On-base Plus Slugging.927.992
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Michael Conforto
CF,RF - NYM
Michael Conforto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats541495
   
Runs9076
   
Hits141132
   
Singles8275
   
Doubles2822
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs2934
   
RBI9089
   
Stolen Bases61
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks7757
   
Strikeouts153143
   
Batting Average.264.269
   
On Base Pct.357.344
   
Slugging Pct.481.524
   
On-base Plus Slugging.839.868
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Michael Conforto
CF,RF - NYM
Michael Conforto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Michael Conforto went 2-4 with one double and one home run, two runs scored, and three RBIs.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sun, May 2nd
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, May 6th
 Michael Conforto went 0-2 with one strikeout. The Mets lost 2-1 to the Phillies.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, May 1st
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in an 11-3 loss to the Royals on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, May 1st
 Michael Conforto went 1-4 with one run scored, one RBI, and one strikeout.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sun, Apr 25th
Minnesota DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-2 with a run, an RBI, and two walks in a 9-1 win over the Royals on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, May 1st
 Michael Conforto went 2-3 with two singles, one walk, and one strikeout.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, Apr 24th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-2 loss to the Pirates on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Apr 25th
 Michael Conforto went 2-4 with one double, one single, one run scored, and one strikeout.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Apr 19th
Minnesota DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in a 13-12 loss to Oakland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 21st
Notes 
 Conforto built on his excellent 2019 season by trading off a bit of power for some batting average. Fed by a significant increase in line drive rate that led to a .412 BABIP, Conforto batted a career best .322 last year. His xBA was just .284, so don't think that he suddenly morphed into a high average bat, but he did hit above .300 against every type of pitch last year, so it was certainly more than luck. Expect some regression to closer to his .259 mark, but he should hit around 30 homers with plenty of runs and RBI and even toss in a few steals. That makes him a worthwhile OF2 in mixed leagues.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
If you ascribe to the "I'd rather jump off a year too early than too late" philosophy, then you probably haven't been drafting Cruz for the last several years. But if not, then you've not only drafted one of the most underrated fantasy bats in recent memory, but you're probably going to do so again this year. Cruz is back on a one-year deal with the Twins, and he's coming off another utterly dominant season. Fine, his strikeout rate rose again a bit, he didn't hit the ball quite as hard, and he's eligible at utility only. But other than the fact that he will be 41 years old this season, there's nothing in his profile that should cause you to expect significant decline. Prepare to be having the same debate next year, after Crus puts up another 35-homer season this year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros