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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Manny Machado (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Recommended by
27 of 45 experts
Recommended by
18 of 45 experts
ECR# 33# 37
Best Rank# 21# 19
Worst Rank# 57# 82
Composite# 80# 58
Best Rank# 64# 40
Worst Rank# 90# 63
Home Runs1512
Stolen Bases03
Batting Average.283.277
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 43
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 54
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 61
Site Projections
# 52# 56
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 33
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 37# 40
Andrew Gould
# 32# 35
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 36
Chris Meaney
# 37# 82
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 26# 42
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 34# 40
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 34# 65
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 50
Bill Dubiel
# 32# 43
Nick Mariano
# 23# 35
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 43# 51
Donkey Teeth
# 41# 42
Dan Harris
# 26# 39
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 42
Ariel Cohen
# 39# 41
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 38# 42
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 28# 39
Carmen Maiorano
# 21# 42
George Kurtz
# 32# 35
Nate Miller
# 33# 39
Chris Mitchell
# 38# 42
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 34# 42
Andrew Seifter
# 31# 27
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 32# 26
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 29
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 35# 31
Pierre Camus
# 36# 35
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 37# 35
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 35
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 39# 37
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 35
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 40# 33
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 33
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 40# 32
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 19
Mario Mergola
# 44# 40
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 45# 41
Bobby Sylvester
# 47# 33
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 42
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 57# 40
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
2019 Stats 
At Bats454587
Home Runs4132
Stolen Bases05
Caught Stealing13
Batting Average.311.256
On Base Pct.392.334
Slugging Pct.639.462
On-base Plus Slugging1.031.796
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
2020 Projections 
At Bats191213
Home Runs1512
Stolen Bases03
Caught Stealing01
Batting Average.283.277
On Base Pct.358.346
Slugging Pct.562.504
On-base Plus Slugging.920.850
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
 Nelson Cruz told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he does not plan to retire after the 2020 season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 1st
Manny Machado singled on Monday in the Padres' 14-2 drubbing at the hands of the Dodgers.
Steven Boysko - The Leadoff Batter
Tue, Mar 10th
 Nelson Cruz receives 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the ESPYs.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jun 22nd
Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Friday's 4-3 victory against Texas, dropping his spring average to .059.
Steven Boysko - The Leadoff Batter
Sat, Mar 7th
 Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Michael Felner
Thu, Mar 12th
Manny Machado played in his first spring game on Monday versus the Royals and wasted no time collecting his first home run.
Jarod Rupp
Tue, Feb 25th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with a solo homer in a 3-3 tie with the Orioles on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Mar 5th
 Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Michael Felner
Thu, Feb 27th
 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
You can't bank on the steals from Manny Machado anymore, and it's too hard to consider him an elite fantasy player after his well-known struggles out of Camden Yards. But you aren't paying for elite production here - you're paying for a bounce-back candidate who can give you first- to second-round production. The pressure is on the Padres' front office to win, so Machado is going to be surrounded by an even better offense in his second year in San Diego. Machado's 2019 was split into three good months and three really bad months. Bet on the talent in these situations ... at least for one more year.
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
Machado now has five consecutive seasons with 30+ homers, 80+ runs and 80+ RBIs. Yes, he struggled last year in batting average but this is a durable player with a great floor and Round 1 upside should he decide to steal 15 bags again like we've seen a few times.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
  One of my favorite picks at ADP this season (also one of my highest owned players). Has played the most games of all players over the last five years so there is zero injury concern. He is a lock for 30+ HRs, his average should revert back to near his career avg (.279), and should be able to let loose a bit more after pressing a bit his first season in SD. Sign me up.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy