Who Should I Draft?

Ozzie Albies or Nelson Cruz (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
32 of 59 experts
46%
Recommended by
27 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 38# 40
Best Rank# 27# 4
Worst Rank# 68# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 57# 91
Best Rank# 46# 82
Worst Rank# 63# 105
   
Projections 
   
Runs8882
Home Runs2036
RBI74102
Stolen Bases161
Batting Average.273.274
   
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# 36# 53
   
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# 49# 58
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 34# 44
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
# 31# 40
   
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# 43# 62
   
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Hail to Fantasy Football
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The Athletic
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# 59# 51
   
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# 68# 35
   
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats639519
   
Runs10570
   
Hits167133
   
Singles9877
   
Doubles4018
   
Triples51
   
Home Runs2437
   
RBI7297
   
Stolen Bases141
   
Caught Stealing30
   
Walks3655
   
Strikeouts116122
   
Batting Average.261.256
   
On Base Pct.305.342
   
Slugging Pct.452.509
   
On-base Plus Slugging.757.851
   
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats595525
   
Runs8882
   
Hits162144
   
Singles10183
   
Doubles3423
   
Triples61
   
Home Runs2036
   
RBI74102
   
Stolen Bases161
   
Caught Stealing40
   
Walks4056
   
Strikeouts107126
   
Batting Average.273.274
   
On Base Pct.319.343
   
Slugging Pct.456.526
   
On-base Plus Slugging.775.870
   
  Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 23rd home run of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 14th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a homer, two runs, two RBI, and a walk in a 9-5 win over the Indians in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 14th
 Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double, and a walk in Thursday's loss to the Phillies. The homer was his 22nd of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in a 12-6 loss to the Nationals on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 13th
 Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 21st of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 8th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-4 in a 5-0 win over Washington on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
 Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Friday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 20th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
Nelson Cruz left Friday's game with a sore left wrist. He is day-to-day.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Sep 7th
 Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Nationals. The steal was his 15th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-5 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 4th
Notes 
 Albies got off to a torrid start in his first full season in the Big Leagues, hitting nine home runs in April and heading into the All Star break with 20 HRs and nine steals. He struggled mightily in the second half of the season, but still finished as a top-three second basemen in standard 5x5 formats. There are some concerns that the Braves' acquisition of Josh Donaldson could push Albies down towards the bottom half of the lineup, hurting his counting stats and ability to steal bases, but it's also possible he'll stick in one of the first two lineup spots. Regardless, Albies has already proven he has 20-20 potential and should even be able to improve a bit on last season's .261 batting average.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Forget the groundhog seeing his shadow; there's no better sign of spring's arrival than seeing Cruz get drafted criminally late. After merely clobbering 37 homers-his lowest tally since 2013-the stud DH has a consensus ADP outside of the top 100. That's an absurdly low price for a dependably elite slugger who finished in the 98th percentile of hard-hit rate, exit velocity, xwOBA, and xSLG. Despite logging a .282 xBA for the third straight year, his actual average dropped from .287 and .288 to .256. Even if he merely splits the difference and reverts to .270, he'd be a better version of Rhys Hoskins going multiple rounds later. So what if he doesn't have a position? Were you planning on leaving a utility spot empty?
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Anyone who drafted Albies was already miles into a victory lap by the time his performance plummeted. After already validating an investment with 20 homers and nine steals in the first half, he hit a gruesome .226/.282/.342 with four homers and five steals after the All-Star break. His hard-hit rate dipped from 38.5 to 27.0%. He procured 16 homers in 1,744 minor league plate appearances, so drafters should be dubious of a full power repeat regardless of the steep splits. The bigger concern is whether he can fix his late contact woes, particularly his 39.6% outside-swing rate. If maintaining last year's .305 OBP, the Braves will eliminate any chance of another 105-run campaign by hitting their youngster sixth or seventh more often than first or second. There's too much upside to fade Albies entirely, but a top-50 pick is too rich.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Cruz has seen his batting average fall from .302 slowly down to .256 over the last four seasons, but the homers and RBIs are still firmly among the top of the league even despite his advanced again. You can rely on his durability and power in 2019 so don't hesitate to grab him in the 6th or 7th round.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Albies is dripping with potential and there is no denying that after his 20 homer first half with 9 steals. With that said, his second half was dreadful, batting .226 with just 4 bombs. There is a chance he returns first round value, but the downside would torch your team if he returns to second half form.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros