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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Kris Bryant (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
30 of 52 experts
42%
Recommended by
22 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 35
Best Rank# 20# 21
Worst Rank# 63# 60
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 78# 45
Best Rank# 48# 38
Worst Rank# 90# 55
   
Projections 
   
Runs3137
Home Runs1411
RBI3931
Stolen Bases02
Batting Average.279.281
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 57# 60
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 41
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 51# 56
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 35# 39
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 35# 45
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 33
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 35
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 35
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 30# 35
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 26# 33
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 34# 57
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 31# 33
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 34# 36
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 30# 41
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 23# 54
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 43# 56
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 21# 32
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 36# 47
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 31# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 30# 47
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 28# 34
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 40# 57
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 27# 36
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 43# 47
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 28# 49
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 20# 27
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 32# 40
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 32# 55
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 38
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 31# 36
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 24
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 32
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 34# 33
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 34# 29
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 35# 32
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 35# 32
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 22
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 36# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 37# 34
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 37# 21
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 37# 30
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 37# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 37
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 33
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 41# 37
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 35
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 45# 39
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 48# 21
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 49# 48
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 30
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 63# 30
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats454543
   
Runs81108
   
Hits141152
   
Singles7485
   
Doubles2635
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs4131
   
RBI10877
   
Stolen Bases04
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks5674
   
Strikeouts131145
   
Batting Average.311.280
   
On Base Pct.392.380
   
Slugging Pct.639.519
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.031.900
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats190202
   
Runs3137
   
Hits5357
   
Singles3032
   
Doubles913
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs1411
   
RBI3931
   
Stolen Bases02
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks2228
   
Strikeouts5154
   
Batting Average.279.281
   
On Base Pct.353.369
   
Slugging Pct.549.508
   
On-base Plus Slugging.902.877
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Kris Bryant
3B,LF,RF - CHC
Kris Bryant
News 
 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
Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Oct 1st
 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
Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 on Sunday with a solo homer off of Reynaldo Lopez and the White Sox. He also walked once and finished the day with two runs and two RBI. The Cubs won, 10-8.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Sep 27th
 Nelson Cruz (knee) is once against absent from the Twins' lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 22nd
Kris Bryant was back in the Cubs' lineup on Saturday against the White Sox, hitting fifth and playing third base. He went 2-for-4 with a two-out grand slam against Dane Dunning in the fourth inning, and hit a sharp single through the right side of the infield in his previous at-bat. The Cubs lost, 9-5.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Sep 27th
 Nelson Cruz was removed from the lineup in Saturday‚Äôs contest against the Cubs due to right knee soreness.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
Kris Bryant, who has been sidelined with an oblique injury, is back in the Cubs lineup, playing third and batting fifth on Saturday against the White Sox, as the Cubs try and clinch the NL Central division title.
Ryan Coleman
Sat, Sep 26th
 Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a double in a win over Chicago on Wednesday.
Michael Felner
Thu, Sep 17th
Kris Bryant (oblique) is still absent from the Cubs' lineup on Thursday against the Pirates.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 24th
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
With Kris Bryant's profile, it's hard to justify taking him this high when there are guys who can give you the same production at the position later in the draft. The return to 31 home run was nice, yes, but his batted ball data points to that being the near-ceiling for Bryant in terms of home runs. For all of his accolades and loaded offenses that he's been in, he's only produced more than 100 RBIs once in his career.
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
One of my biggest fades this season. Advanced stats say he did not earn all of his HRs or his batting average, he has missed time each of the last two seasons, his SB upside is limited, and he he is in the middle of whirling trade rumors. Hard pass.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Hit .311 with 41 homers last year. Entering age-39 season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
28-year-old had a fine 2019 season but are we sure there is still a lot of upside with his bat? Statcast says he may have even overachieved last year
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
  appears due for BA regression
Al Melchior - The Athletic