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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Charlie Morton (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
Charlie Morton
SP - TB
Charlie Morton
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
30 of 55 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 43
Best Rank# 28# 22
Worst Rank# 91# 102
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 78# 46
Best Rank# 48# 42
Worst Rank# 90# 58
   
Projections 
   
Runs31
Home Runs147
RBI39
Stolen Bases0
Batting Avg.279
Strikeouts5177
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.41
WHIP1.17
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertFA-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 52# 53
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 69
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 80# 102
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 51# 71
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 48# 53
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 56
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 49
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 39# 75
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 52
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 37# 38
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 46# 48
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 35# 41
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 47# 55
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 74
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 46# 48
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 46
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 47# 51
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 43# 67
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 32# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 53# 79
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 52# 56
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 40# 43
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 53# 59
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 38# 43
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 58# 59
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 37# 67
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 28# 46
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 43# 45
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 46# 48
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 42# 43
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 31# 22
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 35# 27
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 38# 32
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 42# 33
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 43# 40
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 43# 38
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 44# 42
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 44# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 40
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 43
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 51# 28
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 29
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 52# 42
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 44
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 54# 29
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 26
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 56# 50
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 57# 28
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 57# 54
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 61# 42
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 66# 43
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 67# 54
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 67# 59
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 76# 51
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 91# 67
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
Charlie Morton
SP - TB
Charlie Morton
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs81
   
Home Runs4115
   
RBI108
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.311
   
Strikeouts131240
   
Wins16
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.05
   
WHIP1.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
Charlie Morton
SP - TB
Charlie Morton
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs31
   
Home Runs147
   
RBI39
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.279
   
Strikeouts5177
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.41
   
WHIP1.17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
Charlie Morton
SP - TB
Charlie Morton
News 
 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
Charlie Morton allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over four 1/3 innings during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series.
Brad Camara
Sat, Oct 24th
 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
Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one walk while striking out six over five 2/3 scoreless innings during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Sun, Oct 18th
 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
Charlie Morton will start Saturday's Game 7 of the ALCS against the Astros.
Brad Camara
Sat, Oct 17th
 Nelson Cruz (knee) is once against absent from the Twins' lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 22nd
Charlie Morton allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five across five scoreless innings during Monday's 4-2 win over the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Brad Camara
Mon, Oct 12th
 Nelson Cruz was removed from the lineup in Saturday’s contest against the Cubs due to right knee soreness.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
Charlie Morton allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings in Wednesday’s 8-4 win over the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 8th
Notes 
 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
He's no longer Ground Chuck, as the Astros and Rays were able to tap into the electric stuff that Morton has. It's hard to argue with the success that he's had over the past few seasons, but what hurts Morton - and fantasy managers - is that the breakout came late in his career. He's 35, and he said he "fully expects" to hang up his cleats at the end of his current contract. If he's the same pitcher as he has been the past few years, you're getting a steal here. But age and durability concerns have to be on your mind if you draft him.
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
Morton only got better after leaving the Astros, setting career bests in innings pitched, ERA, WHIP, and strikeout percentage. Batters simply don't hit his curveball, which he throws more than a third of the time, and his fastball is nearly equally as effective. In a dynasty or keeper format, things may be different, as Morton speaks of retirement often. For this year, however, there is zero reason for concern.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Hit .311 with 41 homers last year. Entering age-39 season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Had the best season of his career in 2019. If he comes close to matching it his ADP will make him a big-time value
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros