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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Liam Hendriks (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - TB
Nelson Cruz
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
38 of 56 experts
32%
Recommended by
18 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 65
Best Rank# 33# 50
Worst Rank# 117# 159
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 85# 55
Best Rank# 64# 49
Worst Rank# 92# 62
   
Projections 
   
Runs76
Home Runs348
RBI89
Stolen Bases1
Batting Avg.269
Strikeouts14391
Wins4
Saves31
ERA2.93
WHIP1.02
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 56
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 65
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 60# 61
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 90# 101
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 58# 67
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 59# 63
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 62# 75
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 66# 137
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 58# 62
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 44# 69
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 51# 65
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 59# 69
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 59# 70
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 53# 70
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 60# 61
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 56# 80
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 56# 63
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 62# 64
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 51# 159
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 61# 73
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 63# 68
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 47# 62
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 59# 60
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 47# 95
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 104
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 63# 73
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 59# 65
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 63# 69
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 59# 83
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 60# 68
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 33# 78
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 44# 78
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 54# 62
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 69
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 61# 62
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 59# 87
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 50# 65
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 51# 68
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 60# 52
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 64# 52
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 68# 63
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 69# 57
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 71# 50
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 71# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 71# 64
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 73# 66
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 74# 56
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 75# 53
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 78# 52
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 81# 79
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 90# 52
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 92# 62
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 102# 75
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 111# 62
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 113# 70
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 117# 88
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - TB
Nelson Cruz
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs33
   
Home Runs161
   
RBI33
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.303
   
Strikeouts5837
   
Wins3
   
Saves14
   
ERA1.78
   
WHIP0.67
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
DH - TB
Nelson Cruz
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs76
   
Home Runs348
   
RBI89
   
Stolen Bases1
   
Batting Avg.269
   
Strikeouts14391
   
Wins4
   
Saves31
   
ERA2.93
   
WHIP1.02
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
DH - TB
Nelson Cruz
Liam Hendriks
RP - CWS
Liam Hendriks
News 
 Nelson Cruz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 win over the Yankees.
John Aubin
Sat, Oct 2nd
Liam Hendriks came into a non-save opportunity on Friday, striking out the side and securing the 8-1 victory for Chicago.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Oct 2nd
 Nelson Cruz went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts and scored a run as the Rays beat the Marlins by an 8-0 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 25th
Liam Hendricks allowed a lead off single, but then composed himself and got the next three batters out, two of which were via strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 28th
 Nelson Cruz (forearm) was out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 18th
Liam Hendricks gave up one hit in the inning, but escaped the ninth unscathed with one strikeout to secure the win.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 27th
 Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a run scored on Saturday as the Rays beat the Tigers by a 7-2 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 12th
Liam Hendriks had a clean 1-2-3 eighth inning on Tuesday, striking out two batters in the process.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 21st
 Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, four RBI, and three total runs scored in Tuesday's 12-7 win over Boston.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 8th
Liam Hendricks allowed just one hit, an infield single, in the inning as he secured the victory for the White Sox.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
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
Hendriks showed last year that his 2019 breakout season was not a fluke, as he improved on just about all of his numbers. Not only did he put up 14 saves in the shortened season, but he dropped his ERA to 1.78, his WHIP to 0.67, and his walk rate to just 3.3%. In short, there's nothing negative you can possibly take away from his 2020 season. Despite moving to a worse park with the White Sox, Hendriks is, without question one of the top closers in fantasy, and should be either the first or second (behind only Josh Hader) relief pitcher drafted.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Hendriks has the most fWAR among relievers over the past two seasons. He got even better in 2020 as both his walk-rate and strikeout-rate ranked within the 98th percentile. Set to exclusively handle the ninth inning for one of the best teams in the American League, Hendriks can confidently be drafted as a top-three closer for 2021 fantasy baseball drafts.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros