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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Aaron Judge (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
26 of 45 experts
42%
Recommended by
19 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 34
Best Rank# 16# 21
Worst Rank# 118# 59
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 50# 80
Best Rank# 40# 64
Worst Rank# 78# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs3332
Home Runs1315
RBI2941
Stolen Bases20
Batting Average.273.283
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 59
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 28# 45
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 42
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 19# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 37
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 18# 32
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 19# 37
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 17# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 29# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 18# 52
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 44
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 19# 34
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 31# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 18# 35
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 16# 32
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 40# 47
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 40
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 19# 41
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 29# 31
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 38
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 32# 39
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 24# 38
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 40
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 17# 32
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 35# 38
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 118# 21
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 44# 23
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 46# 26
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 40# 26
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 76# 28
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 51# 32
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 56# 32
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 42# 33
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 61# 33
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 44# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 35# 34
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 68# 36
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 58# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 53# 38
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 66# 40
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 59# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 67# 43
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 53# 52
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 89# 57
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats378454
   
Runs7581
   
Hits103141
   
Singles5774
   
Doubles1826
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs2741
   
RBI55108
   
Stolen Bases30
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks6456
   
Strikeouts141131
   
Batting Average.273.311
   
On Base Pct.381.392
   
Slugging Pct.540.639
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9211.031
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats167191
   
Runs3332
   
Hits4654
   
Singles2530
   
Doubles89
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs1315
   
RBI2941
   
Stolen Bases20
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks3122
   
Strikeouts6453
   
Batting Average.273.283
   
On Base Pct.388.358
   
Slugging Pct.538.562
   
On-base Plus Slugging.925.920
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Aaron Judge
RF - NYY
Aaron Judge
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Aaron Judge (rib) said "I'm game ready." "Like I told you guys in Spring Training, I was going to be ready for Opening Day."
Brad Camara
Mon, Jul 6th
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
 Aaron Judge is starting in right field for the Bomber squad in Monday night's intrasquad game.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Jul 6th
Nelson Cruz receives 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the ESPYs.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jun 22nd
 Aaron Judge (rib) is swinging without pain, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Jul 4th
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Michael Felner
Thu, Mar 12th
 Aaron Judge faces Gerrit Cole on Thursday in a simulated game at Yankee Stadium.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Thu, Jul 2nd
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
 Aaron Judge is expected to be ready for Opening Day, as GM Brian Cashman expressed optimism on his Opening Day prospects during a call with reporters.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Jun 30th
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Michael Felner
Thu, Feb 27th
Notes 
 Staying healthy is a skill, and it's one that Aaron Judge hasn't possessed over the past couple of seasons. Could his size contribute to that? He's missed significant portions of the past two seasons, and he was dealing with an injury that caused his stock to drop during draft season. There's no denying the power and overall contributions that he brings, but he, like teammate Giancarlo Stanton, gives owners pause about taking them thanks to durability concerns. The tried and true rule is to not take injured players in the draft as there is enough risk baked into players already. Pass on Judge unless he has a clean bill of health.
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
 Judge has a stress fracture in his rib, which showed "slight improvement" based on a CT scan in mid-April. But he is also dealing with a collapsed lung, and there is still no timetable for when he may be ready for baseball activity. Even with the postponement of the season, there's no guarantee that Judge will be ready to play at any point this season. Draft him with a heavy dose of pessimism and you should be fine.
Dan Harris - 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
 Judge again missed 50+ games in 2019. While he is healthy, we are still looking at a 40+ homer pace with tons of runs and a batting average that won't kill fantasy owners, but with a second round ADP, the risk may be a little bit too much.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 
 Has played over 112 games once in four year. Very good player, but not taking on that injury risk in the second or third round.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy