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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Yordan Alvarez (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
29 of 52 experts
44%
Recommended by
23 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 30
Best Rank# 18# 20
Worst Rank# 76# 63
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 42# 78
Best Rank# 34# 48
Worst Rank# 58# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs3031
Home Runs1214
RBI3539
Stolen Bases10
Batting Average.287.279
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60FA
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 20# 57
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 27# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 33# 49
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 42# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 30# 42
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 22# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 28# 37
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 33# 35
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 19# 35
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 20# 36
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 34
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 33
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 52
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 24# 26
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 21# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 28# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 22# 41
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 40
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 43
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 18# 28
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 25# 32
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 23# 32
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 25# 33
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 27# 63
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 24# 34
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 25# 31
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 55# 20
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 55# 21
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 23
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 45# 27
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 46# 27
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 43# 27
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 47# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 60# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 69# 30
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 73# 30
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 48# 31
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 46# 31
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 33
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 39# 34
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 66# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 46# 35
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 51# 36
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 36
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 76# 36
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 67# 37
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 58# 37
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 50# 37
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 68# 48
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats313454
   
Runs5881
   
Hits98141
   
Singles4574
   
Doubles2626
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs2741
   
RBI78108
   
Stolen Bases00
   
Caught Stealing01
   
Walks5256
   
Strikeouts94131
   
Batting Average.313.311
   
On Base Pct.412.392
   
Slugging Pct.655.639
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.0671.031
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats168190
   
Runs3031
   
Hits4853
   
Singles2630
   
Doubles109
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs1214
   
RBI3539
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks2422
   
Strikeouts4851
   
Batting Average.287.279
   
On Base Pct.377.353
   
Slugging Pct.565.549
   
On-base Plus Slugging.941.902
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Yordan Alvarez (knees) has resumed running.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 26th
La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Nelson Cruz is seeking a two-year deal this offseason.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Oct 23rd
 Yordan Alvarez underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 28th
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 29th
 The Astros transferred Yordan Alvarez (knee) to the 45-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 23rd
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 5-3 loss to the Reds in Sunday's regular-season finale.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 28th
 Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez is having surgery next week to repair a partially torn patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season, according to a report from The Athletic's Jake Kaplan.
Mike Maher
Wed, Aug 19th
Nelson Cruz (knee) is once against absent from the Twins' lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 22nd
 Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez could miss the rest of the season due to a knee issue, manager Dusty Baker revealed Wednesday. Alvarez began the year on the COVID-19 injured list and appeared in just two games before being sidelined with a knee issue.
Mike Maher
Wed, Aug 19th
Nelson Cruz was removed from the lineup in Saturday’s contest against the Cubs due to right knee soreness.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
Notes 
 A TON of potential to be a monster in 2020. He has 50 HR , .300 BA type potential but I am not fully sold and as a DH only in many leagues, I can't go all in on him yet. 2021 he may be a TOp 10 guy.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
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
 Ignore the eligibility concerns. Ignore the cheating scandal. Don't totally ignore the knees, but do pay attention to the results. Alvarez put on a historic performance last year across the majors and minors, and there's really nothing to his profile that suggests it wasn't all legit. Before last season, he was really good in the minors, but not quite this good. Fortunately, we can chalk that up to another year of development. Alvarez won't give you steals, but the rest of the numbers are up there with the elite options in fantasy. Yeah, we're talking about a top-five pick if he does it again. He has the pedigree, and he's had the success early in his career.
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
 Yordan is getting the sophomore discount, meaning you don't have to pay up to get top five player potential. If all goes well, Alvarez will be a monster in all areas except SBs. Perfect third round pick if looking for upside and power. Hits the ball ridiculously hard.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Hit .311 with 41 homers last year. Entering age-39 season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Swatted 50 homers and 42 doubles between minors and majors in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros