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Nelson
Cruz
College None
Team Tampa Bay Rays
23DH
6'2"Height
230Weight
41Age
11Exp
R/RBats/Throws
Nelson Cruz's Fantasy Scouting Report

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Based on our latest pre-season projection, you can expect Nelson Cruz will be an elite fantasy starter. His 566.12 projected fantasy points puts him ahead of Freddie Freeman making him our #1 ranked first baseman. He has averaged 3.98 fantasy points in his past 120 games. Our projected per game average is virtually the same. He is projected to average 3.88 fantasy points. He is underrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 98%, he is the #10 most highly owned first baseman. Nelson Cruz is expected to improve on last season's #10 fantasy position rank.

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NELSON CRUZ WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Nelson Cruz is projected for 13.51 fantasy points in 4 games the rest of the week which is good enough to be the #1 ranked first baseman and a must start for most owners. This is projected to be a better than average week with more fantasy points per game than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season. He is the highest ranked first baseman the rest of the week, ahead of Yordan Alvarez. Week 2 will be slightly worse based on projected rank (#3). He is projected for 21.82 fantasy points.

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

Career Stats
YEARTEAMGABRHHRRBIBBKOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2021TB1405137913632865112630.265.334.497
2020MIN5318533561633255800.302.397.594
2019MIN12045481141411085613101.310.392.638
2018SEA1445197013337975512210.256.341.508
2017SEA15555691160391197014011.287.375.548
2016SEA15558996169431056215920.286.359.555
2015SEA1525909017844935916432.301.369.566
2014BAL15961387166401085514045.270.333.525
2013SEASON1094134911027763510951.266.326.506
2012SEASON1595858615224904814084.259.319.459
2011SEASON1244756412529873311695.263.311.509
2010SEASON1083996012722783881174.318.373.576
2009SEASON12846275120337649118204.259.332.523
2008SEASON311151938726172831.330.421.608
2007SEASON963073572934218724.234.287.384
2006SEASON41130152962273210.223.260.384
2005SEASON8511002000.200.428.400
Career (18 Seasons)1882691010311913449123868317517932.276.346.526
YEARTEAM2B3BTBSFSHHPIBGDP
2021TB2112559071014
2020MIN6011000458
2019MIN260290307814
2018SEA1812643014515
2017SEA2803057012715
2016SEA271327709515
2015SEA22133410596
2014BAL322322505817
2013SEASON180209404214
2012SEASON45026940527
2011SEASON28124230218
2010SEASON313230611512
2009SEASON21124220269
2008SEASON917000121
2007SEASON15211811215
2006SEASON305010001
2005SEASON10200000
Career (18 Seasons)3511436395628076161
2022 Game Log
DATETEAMOPPONENTRESULTABRH2B3BHRRBIBBKSBCSHBPAVGSLG%YTD OBP%
Past Projections
  • 02 Sep 2019

    Nelson Cruz is a Great DFS Value on Fanduel ($4.2K) and DraftKings ($5.7K) for 9/2

    Scout Fantasy Baseball Outlook 2019
  • 01 Sep 2019

    Nelson Cruz Injures Wrist

    Nelson Cruz is Projected to Be the #4 Outfielder...Behind Mookie Betts and Ahead of Juan Soto the Rest of the Season
  • 29 Aug 2019

    Nelson Cruz Injures Wrist

    Nelson Cruz is Projected to Be the #1 First Baseman-DH...Ahead of J.D. Martinez the Rest of the Season
  • 12 Aug 2019

    Nelson Cruz Leaves Early

    Nelson Cruz is Projected to Be the #6 First Baseman-DH...Behind Josh Bell and Ahead of Paul Goldschmidt the Rest of the Season