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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or George Springer (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  George Springer
CF,RF - TOR
George Springer
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
18 of 20 experts
10%
Recommended by
2 of 20 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 41
Best Rank# 20# 23
Worst Rank# 36# 70
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 87
Best Rank# 36# 67
Worst Rank# 53# 98
   
Projections 
   
Runs10177
Home Runs3433
RBI9290
Stolen Bases61
Batting Average.276.271
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 42
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 32# 61
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 70
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 31# 34
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 24# 68
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 55
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 32# 38
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 22# 41
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 32# 39
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 29# 33
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 28# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 36# 48
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 22# 64
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 25# 39
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 23# 42
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 24# 46
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 25# 35
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 30# 23
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 28# 24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  George Springer
CF,RF - TOR
George Springer
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats189185
   
Runs3733
   
Hits4956
   
Singles2734
   
Doubles66
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs1416
   
RBI3233
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks2425
   
Strikeouts3858
   
Batting Average.259.303
   
On Base Pct.355.397
   
Slugging Pct.534.595
   
On-base Plus Slugging.889.992
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  George Springer
CF,RF - TOR
George Springer
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats543498
   
Runs10177
   
Hits148133
   
Singles8877
   
Doubles2423
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs3433
   
RBI9290
   
Stolen Bases61
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks6956
   
Strikeouts126144
   
Batting Average.276.271
   
On Base Pct.354.342
   
Slugging Pct.515.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.868.866
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  George Springer
CF,RF - TOR
George Springer
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Jeff Passan of ESPN confirms the Blue Jays have reached a deal with free agent OF George Springer on a six-year, $150 million contract.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jan 19th
Nelson Cruz has agreed to a one-year deal worth $13 million with the Twins.
Dan Harris
Tue, Feb 2nd
 The Toronto Blue Jays have gained momentum in their pursuit of free-agent outfielder George Springer and are now considered the front-runners to sign the start outfielder, according to multiple reports. The New York Mets remain in the mix, however, and nothing is finalized.
Mike Maher
Tue, Jan 19th
Free agent DH Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins have re-engaged in contract discussions, according to Twins beat writer Dan Hayes.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Jan 31st
 Jon Morosi of the MLB Network is reporting that the Mets and Blue Jays are the two front runners to sign free agent OF George Springer.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jan 18th
Free agent Nelson Cruz has "ongoing interest from multiple teams" in the AL and NL, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Jan 18th
 George Springer is continuing to draw interest from the Blue Jays, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. He noted that the Jays "have checked in on Realmuto but seem more focused now on George Springer, as CF is their greater need."
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Jan 15th
 
Notes 
 Springer's batting average fell off a tad last year, but once he was past his wrist injury, he was explosive, batting .316 with a 1.033 OPS over the final month of the season. His expected statistics were excellent, as he ranked in the top eight percent of the league in xBA, xSLG, and xWOBA. Now with the Blue Jays and an extreme hitter's park (wherever the Blue Jay play this year), he should once again be in line for a stellar year. Home runs and runs scored should again be plentiful, making Springer a rock solid second outfielder 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