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 95.85 projected fantasy points puts him at #4 behind Mookie Betts and ahead of Juan Soto. He has averaged 3.42 fantasy points in his past 242 games, which is less than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 3.92 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#3) 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 #22 most highly owned outfielder. Nelson Cruz is expected to improve on this season-to-date's #15 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON RANK (OF) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2018
#2 Mike Trout (100% OWN)97 FP, 4.17 per game541 FP, 139 gp, 3.89 per game (#3)
#3 Mookie Betts (100% OWN)97 FP, 3.85 per game594 FP, 136 gp, 4.36 per game (#1)
#4 Nelson Cruz (98% OWN)96 FP, 3.92 per game440 FP, 144 gp, 3.06 per game (#16)
#5 Juan Soto (100% OWN)93 FP, 3.48 per game387 FP, 115 gp, 3.37 per game (#7)
#6 George Springer (100% OWN)89 FP, 3.73 per game421 FP, 138 gp, 3.05 per game (#17)

WEEK 23 AND 24 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Nelson Cruz is projected for 4.19 fantasy points in one game the rest of the week which is good enough to be the #7 ranked outfielder and a must start for most owners. This is projected to be a slightly better than average game with more fantasy points than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season. He is ranked above Dexter Fowler but behind Nick Senzel the rest of the week. Week 24 will be better based on projected rank (#3). He is projected for 23.93 fantasy points.

9/1 TO 9/1 RANK (OF)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#5 Bryan Reynolds4.33 FP (79% ST)2.99 FP
#6 Nick Senzel4.19 FP (52% ST)2.63 FP
#7 Nelson Cruz4.19 FP (86% ST)3.92 FP
#8 Dexter Fowler4.18 FP (14% ST)2.63 FP
#9 Christian Yelich4.1 FP (99% ST)3.96 FP
9/2 TO 9/8 RANK (OF)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#1 Mike Trout24.8 FP (99% ST)4.17 FP
#2 Willie Calhoun24.1 FP (70% ST)3.19 FP
#3 Nelson Cruz23.9 FP (86% ST)3.92 FP
#4 Bryce Harper22.9 FP (97% ST)3.32 FP
#5 Juan Soto22.5 FP (98% ST)3.48 FP

NELSON CRUZ IS A BETTER VALUE ON FANDUEL AT $4K THAN ON DRAFTKINGS AT $5.6K ON 9/1

He is a better value on FanDuel than on DraftKings based on position specific points per dollar calculations. He is projected for 14.7 FD points and is worth +$864 more than $4K on FD. On DK he is projected for 10.9 points and is worth +$805 more than $5.6K. Below are how he ranks based on projected fantasy points on both DFS platforms. Look for players with more FPs at lower salaries.

FANDUEL (OF) 9/1 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#4 Bryan Reynolds15 FD Points$3900
#5 Christian Yelich14.9 FD Points$4600
#6 Nelson Cruz14.7 FD Points$4000
#7 Mookie Betts13.8 FD Points$3800
#8 Yordan Alvarez13.4 FD Points$4100
DRAFTKINGS (OF) 9/1 RANKPROJECTIONSALARY
#3 Charlie Blackmon11.4 DK Points$5800
#4 Christian Yelich11.2 DK Points$5300
#5 Nelson Cruz10.9 DK Points$5600
#6 Yordan Alvarez10 DK Points$5700
#7 George Springer9.8 DK Points$5400

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

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

NELSON CRUZFPHRRBIRBBSB
Rest of 2019967.82316.910.40.1
-- Per Game (24 Proj)3.90.320.940.690.430.01
8/26 to 9/1 (1 Game)4.20.301.00.710.440.00
9/2 to 9/8 (6.4 Games)23.91.95.84.22.60.03
2019 Season388348965440
-- Per Game (98 GP)4.00.350.910.660.450.00
2018 to 201982871186135991
-- Per Game (242 GP)3.40.290.770.560.410.00