Nelson Cruz Injures Wrist

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SCOUT ANALYST JOHN BOLLMAN'S TAKE

Nelson Cruz left a game over the weekend early after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. He will not need surgery and he should be back in action as soon as possible. He was put on the IL but he should be back after the minimum.

REST OF SEASON OUTLOOK AND POSITION RANK

Based on our latest projection, you can expect Nelson Cruz to be an elite fantasy starter the rest of the season. His 136.23 projected fantasy points puts him at #3 behind Cody Bellinger and ahead of Freddie Freeman. 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
#1 Carlos Santana (100% OWN)141 FP, 3.7 per game466 FP, 161 gp, 2.89 per game (#15)
#2 Cody Bellinger (100% OWN)139 FP, 3.74 per game414 FP, 159 gp, 2.61 per game (#27)
#3 Nelson Cruz (98% OWN)136 FP, 3.98 per game440 FP, 144 gp, 3.06 per game (#11)
#4 Freddie Freeman (100% OWN)136 FP, 3.41 per game524 FP, 162 gp, 3.23 per game (#6)
#5 Anthony Rizzo (100% OWN)133 FP, 3.21 per game487 FP, 150 gp, 3.25 per game (#5)

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 201913611.5332415.40.1
-- Per Game (34 Proj)4.00.340.950.710.450.00
8/19 to 8/25 (5.3 Games)22.21.95.34.02.40.02
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