Nelson Cruz Leaves Early

SCOUT ANALYST JOHN BOLLMAN'S TAKE

Nelson Cruz left yesterday’s game early with a strained wrist. The extent of the injury is not known but he is listed as day to day. The Twins will probably go with Miguel Sano as their DH and play one of their bench guys at 3B while he’s out. His replacement in fantasy is not worth a look unless he goes on the IL.

REST OF SEASON OUTLOOK AND POSITION RANK

Expect Nelson Cruz to be a reliable fantasy starter the rest of the season. His 135.43 projected fantasy points puts him at #6 behind Josh Bell and ahead of Paul Goldschmidt. He is expected to be out through 8/18 which impacts his rest of season ranking. He has averaged 3.39 fantasy points in his past 231 games, which is less than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 3.98 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#1) is better than his rank based on total fantasy points. He is underrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 98%, he is the #12 most highly owned first baseman. Nelson Cruz is expected to improve on this season-to-date's #11 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON RANK (1B/DH) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2018
#4 Anthony Rizzo (100% OWN)137 FP, 3.27 per game487 FP, 150 gp, 3.25 per game (#5)
#5 Josh Bell (99% OWN)136 FP, 3.33 per game370 FP, 148 gp, 2.5 per game (#31)
#6 Nelson Cruz (98% OWN)135 FP, 3.98 per game440 FP, 144 gp, 3.06 per game (#11)
#7 Paul Goldschmidt (100% OWN)135 FP, 2.99 per game508 FP, 158 gp, 3.22 per game (#7)
#8 J.D. Martinez (100% OWN)132 FP, 3.57 per game600 FP, 150 gp, 4 per game (#1)

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and next week. Also included are actual stats from the current and last season.

NELSON CRUZFPHRRBIRBBSB
Rest of 201913511.6322415.00.1
-- Per Game (34 Proj)4.00.340.950.710.440.00
8/19 to 8/25 (5.3 Games)22.61.95.54.12.50.02
2019 Season344327659410
-- Per Game (87 GP)3.90.370.870.680.470.00
2018 to 201978469173129961
-- Per Game (231 GP)3.40.300.750.560.420.00