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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Paul Goldschmidt (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
32 of 45 experts
29%
Recommended by
13 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 38
Best Rank# 21# 21
Worst Rank# 57# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 79# 66
Best Rank# 63# 48
Worst Rank# 90# 80
   
Projections 
   
Runs3133
Home Runs1411
RBI4034
Stolen Bases02
Batting Average.281.276
   
Misc 
   
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
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 39
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 37# 39
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 30# 39
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 49
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 41
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 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
RotoBaller
# 32# 39
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 23# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 41
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 41# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 45
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 36# 45
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 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
FantasyPros
# 21# 43
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 32# 35
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 32# 46
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 33# 44
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 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
FanGraphs
# 41# 32
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 43# 34
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 44# 21
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 45# 33
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 47# 38
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 52# 31
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 57# 36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats454597
   
Runs8197
   
Hits141155
   
Singles7495
   
Doubles2625
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs4134
   
RBI10897
   
Stolen Bases03
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks5678
   
Strikeouts131166
   
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
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats190202
   
Runs3133
   
Hits5356
   
Singles3033
   
Doubles910
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs1411
   
RBI4034
   
Stolen Bases02
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks2229
   
Strikeouts5259
   
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
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL
Paul Goldschmidt
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
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
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
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