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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Manny Machado (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
27 of 45 experts
40%
Recommended by
18 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 33# 37
Best Rank# 21# 19
Worst Rank# 57# 82
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 80# 58
Best Rank# 64# 40
Worst Rank# 90# 63
   
Projections 
   
Runs3231
Home Runs1512
RBI4136
Stolen Bases03
Batting Average.283.277
   
Misc 
   
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
RotoChamp
# 52# 56
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 33
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 37# 40
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 32# 35
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 36
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 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
RotoBaller
# 32# 43
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 23# 35
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 43# 51
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 41# 42
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 39
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 42
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 39# 41
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 38# 42
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 28# 39
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 21# 42
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 32# 35
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 39
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 38# 42
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 34# 42
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 31# 27
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 32# 26
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 29
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 35# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 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
Sporfolio
# 44# 40
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 45# 41
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 47# 33
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 42
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 57# 40
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats454587
   
Runs8181
   
Hits141150
   
Singles7495
   
Doubles2621
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs4132
   
RBI10885
   
Stolen Bases05
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks5665
   
Strikeouts131128
   
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
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats191213
   
Runs3231
   
Hits5459
   
Singles3035
   
Doubles910
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs1512
   
RBI4136
   
Stolen Bases03
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks2223
   
Strikeouts5343
   
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
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado
3B,SS - SD
Manny Machado
News 
 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
 
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
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