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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Josh Hader (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
30 of 55 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 63
Best Rank# 33# 40
Worst Rank# 117# 158
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 85# 54
Best Rank# 64# 51
Worst Rank# 92# 61
   
Projections 
   
Runs76
Home Runs349
RBI89
Stolen Bases1
Batting Avg.269
Strikeouts143104
Wins4
Saves30
ERA2.91
WHIP0.98
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 95
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 59
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 60# 70
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 58# 63
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 59# 107
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 62# 74
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 66# 121
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 58# 59
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 44# 74
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 51# 93
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 59# 66
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 59# 67
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 53# 62
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 60# 64
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 56# 82
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 56# 67
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 51# 158
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 63# 64
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 47# 64
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 87
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 63# 67
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 59# 84
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 60# 66
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 33# 40
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 44# 67
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 54# 67
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 70
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 59# 85
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 50# 67
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 51# 56
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 59# 54
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 59# 52
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 60# 55
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 61# 59
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 61# 57
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 62# 61
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 63# 61
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 64# 55
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 68# 61
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 69# 56
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 71# 51
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 71# 56
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 71# 52
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 73# 56
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 74# 57
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 75# 59
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 78# 51
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 81# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 90# 48
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 90# 68
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 92# 57
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 102# 77
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 111# 58
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 113# 63
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 117# 69
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs33
   
Home Runs163
   
RBI33
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.303
   
Strikeouts5831
   
Wins1
   
Saves13
   
ERA3.79
   
WHIP0.95
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs76
   
Home Runs349
   
RBI89
   
Stolen Bases1
   
Batting Avg.269
   
Strikeouts143104
   
Wins4
   
Saves30
   
ERA2.91
   
WHIP0.98
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
News 
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, May 6th
Josh Hader picked up his seventh save Friday against the Dodgers, striking out the side in a perfect ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
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
Josh Hader pitched one inning Thursday against the Dodgers, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout in the 2-1 victory.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Apr 30th
 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
Josh Hader tossed a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the Marlins while recording one strikeout en route to his fifth save.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Apr 28th
 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
Josh Hader picked up his fourth save Saturday against the Cubs. He struck out two and walked one in one inning.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Apr 24th
 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
Josh Hader struck out two and allowed one hit and one walk in one inning against the Padres on Wednesday, earning the save.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Apr 21st
Notes 
 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
Hader wasn't quite as dominant as he had been the previous two years, largely due to a spike in walk rate and the slightest of declines in strikeout rate. But he still tallied 13 saves, third-best in baseball, and had a miniscule 0.95 WHIP. If you parse it closely, it was just a bizarre season for Hader, who didn't give up a run through his first nine appearances, but subsequently allowed four runs in an inning. He walked five batters in a game, but didn't allow a single walk in any game after that, a span of 11 appearances. In other words, there seems to be a lot of noise in Hader's "decline," which likely would have been ironed out over the course of a full season. Draft him as the top closer off the board with few concerns.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros