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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Paul Goldschmidt (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Recommended by
32 of 45 experts
Recommended by
13 of 45 experts
ECR# 34# 38
Best Rank# 21# 21
Worst Rank# 57# 71
Composite# 79# 66
Best Rank# 63# 48
Worst Rank# 90# 80
Home Runs1411
Stolen Bases02
Batting Average.281.276
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 42# 48
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 37# 38
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 45
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 39
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 37# 39
Andrew Gould
# 30# 39
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 49
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 41
Chris Meaney
# 37# 53
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 71
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 26# 30
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 34# 38
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 34# 49
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 56
Bill Dubiel
# 32# 39
Nick Mariano
# 23# 41
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 41
Donkey Teeth
# 41# 47
Dan Harris
# 26# 45
Pierre Camus
# 36# 45
Andrew Seifter
# 31# 40
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 40# 42
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 45
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 40# 58
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 38# 46
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 28# 34
Carmen Maiorano
# 21# 43
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 32# 35
George Kurtz
# 32# 46
Nate Miller
# 33# 44
Chris Mitchell
# 38# 41
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 34# 61
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 35# 34
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 30
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 35
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 35
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 33
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 35
Ariel Cohen
# 41# 32
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 43# 34
Mario Mergola
# 44# 21
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 45# 33
Bobby Sylvester
# 47# 38
Site Projections
# 52# 31
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 57# 36
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2019 Stats 
At Bats454597
Home Runs4134
Stolen Bases03
Caught Stealing11
Batting Average.311.260
On Base Pct.392.346
Slugging Pct.639.476
On-base Plus Slugging1.031.821
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2020 Projections 
At Bats190202
Home Runs1411
Stolen Bases02
Caught Stealing01
Batting Average.281.276
On Base Pct.356.368
Slugging Pct.553.497
On-base Plus Slugging.910.865
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
 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
Paul Goldschmidt told reporters that his elbow is 100 percent healthy now.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 4th
 Nelson Cruz receives 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the ESPYs.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jun 22nd
Paul Goldschmidt (elbow) continues to go to the Cardinals' spring training complex to receive treatment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 17th
 Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Michael Felner
Thu, Mar 12th
Paul Goldschmidt is dealing with right elbow soreness and will be out of the Grapefruit League lineup for at least "a couple of days," said St.Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.
Brad Camara
Wed, Mar 11th
 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
Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday's 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Astros.
Brad Camara
Tue, Mar 3rd
 Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Michael Felner
Thu, Feb 27th
Paul Goldschmidt has been dealing with a sore right elbow since just before spring workouts began. This has limited his ability to throw, but he says he's been feeling better lately.
Blaine Blontz
Fri, Feb 21st
 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
What set Paul Goldschmidt apart from the other first basemen for years were his steals. Over the past four years, his stolen base totals have dropped from 32 to 18, to 7, to 3 last year. He had 34 home runs, which were nice, but he also had his lowest triple-slash line since his rookie year in 2011. He'll still give you production at a shallow position, but this isn't going to be a gradual decline with Goldschmidt.
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
Goldschmidt's batting average may have dipped thanks to a slow start but he finished with 30+ homers for the third consecutive season and very nearly went for 100 runs and 100 RBIs. More than likely, that batting average will end up north of .280 again too which would make him a steal at the end of the fifth round.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
  His production has been on a steady decline over the past three years as he has gotten older, and that is not something I plan on buying into in the 5th round.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
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Frank Stampfl - RotoExperts