Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Daniel Murphy (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 42
Best Rank# 4# 21
Worst Rank# 71# 92
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 91# 67
Best Rank# 82# 59
Worst Rank# 105# 100
   
Projections 
   
Runs8281
Home Runs3622
RBI10283
Stolen Bases14
Batting Average.274.311
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 36# 37
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 20# 21
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 45# 56
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 43# 47
   
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USA Today
# 44# 58
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 48# 92
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 44# 52
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 40# 50
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 45
   
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The Athletic
# 40# 59
   
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Beast Dome
# 44# 68
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 27# 38
   
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The Athletic
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 38# 44
   
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Expand The Boxscore
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The Fake Baseball
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Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 43# 55
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 46
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 19# 44
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 37# 43
   
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FantasyPros
# 39# 49
   
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# 52# 62
   
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Freeze Stats
# 45# 46
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
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# 39# 55
   
Kyle Richardson
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# 41# 50
   
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# 41# 47
   
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# 34# 26
   
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# 35# 29
   
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# 40# 35
   
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# 42# 41
   
Chris Meaney
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# 43# 38
   
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FanGraphs
# 43# 40
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 45# 34
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 33
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 47# 34
   
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The Athletic
# 47# 43
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 48# 37
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 44
   
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Fake Teams
# 51# 44
   
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CBS Sports
# 51# 48
   
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The Athletic
# 53# 35
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 55# 37
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 42
   
Tyler Thompson
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# 58# 44
   
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CBS Sports
# 62# 45
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 65# 38
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 65# 38
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 71# 33
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats519328
   
Runs7040
   
Hits13398
   
Singles7771
   
Doubles1815
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs3712
   
RBI9742
   
Stolen Bases13
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks5520
   
Strikeouts12240
   
Batting Average.256.299
   
On Base Pct.342.336
   
Slugging Pct.509.454
   
On-base Plus Slugging.851.791
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats525529
   
Runs8281
   
Hits144165
   
Singles83105
   
Doubles2335
   
Triples13
   
Home Runs3622
   
RBI10283
   
Stolen Bases14
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks5641
   
Strikeouts12669
   
Batting Average.274.311
   
On Base Pct.343.360
   
Slugging Pct.526.517
   
On-base Plus Slugging.870.876
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Daniel Murphy
1B,2B - COL
Daniel Murphy
News 
 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
Daniel Murphy went 1-for-6 with a double and two RBI in the Rockies' 16-12 loss to the Padres on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Cruz was left out of the Twins' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 14th
Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Rockies' 10-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday evening.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 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
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-1 win over the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI in a 12-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 9th
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Rockies fell to the Cubs 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a 9-3 loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 8th
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Rockies' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Notes 
 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
Murphy's overall stat line wasn't all that impressive last year, but once he was healthy in the second half, he returned to hittin .315 with a 25 HR pace. Move that to Coors Field and we may be looking at the NL Batting Champion with plenty of homers, RBI and runs. Be mindful that he rarely plays a full season, but when he is on the field we are looking at a top 30 fantasy asset
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Murphy took a long time to return from microfracture knee surgery in 2018, but it was worth the wait for his fantasy owners, as he produced a .299/40/12/42/3 line over 328 at-bats from June on. He's always been a good hitter, but has blossomed into a truly potent fantasy asset over the last three seasons, demonstrating the ability to knock 25 home runs with a batting average well north of .300. And that was before he played his home games at Coors Field, where he owns a .330 lifetime batting average. Murphy may be discounted in drafts on account of his increasing age, but it would not be shocking if he finished as a top-20 overall hitter in his first season in Colorado.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
  Murphy's draft stock hasn't soared nearly enough for a career .299/.344/.458 hitter moving to Coors Field. One of baseball's top sluggers in 2016 and 2017, his 2018 returns were contaminated by a brutal return from offseason knee injury. From July 1 onward, removing 15 games from his 91-game season, he batted .317/.355/.493 with 12 homers. Steamer's projected .307 average and 22 homers seem more than reasonable with the Rockies, and he's capable of bringing home another batting title.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros