Who Should I Draft?

Ender Inciarte or Ian Desmond (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ender Inciarte
CF - ATL
Ender Inciarte
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
47 of 56 experts
16%
Recommended by
9 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 83# 93
Best Rank# 58# 77
Worst Rank# 160# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 138# 147
Best Rank# 129# 137
Worst Rank# 155# 165
   
Projections 
   
Runs8070
Home Runs1018
RBI5870
Stolen Bases2317
Batting Average.281.258
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 86# 130
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 73# 92
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 74# 84
   
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Going For 2
# 63# 89
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 91# 100
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 75# 89
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 58# 95
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 80# 90
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 60# 152
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 80# 91
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 81# 112
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 95# 139
   
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CBS Sports
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CBS Sports
# 92# 152
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 74# 91
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
# 160
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 77# 86
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 86# 99
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 80# 92
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 61# 93
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 80# 130
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 79# 92
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 86# 94
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 75# 90
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 86# 103
   
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Sporfolio
# 85# 162
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 86# 98
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 90# 91
   
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Pitcher List
# 93# 96
   
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RotoBaller
# 72# 92
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 86# 92
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 94# 126
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 85# 93
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 70# 109
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 76# 80
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 94# 97
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 89# 123
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 75# 102
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 70# 119
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 95# 96
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 85# 100
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 80# 98
   
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Fantrax
# 75# 124
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 69# 94
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 75# 101
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 86# 109
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 84# 79
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 92# 82
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 94# 93
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 98# 94
   
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Beast Dome
# 99# 79
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 112# 83
   
Andrea LaMont
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# 112# 78
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 113# 103
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 148# 140
   
  Ender Inciarte
CF - ATL
Ender Inciarte
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats597555
   
Runs8382
   
Hits158131
   
Singles11580
   
Doubles2721
   
Triples68
   
Home Runs1022
   
RBI6188
   
Stolen Bases2820
   
Caught Stealing146
   
Walks4953
   
Strikeouts86146
   
Batting Average.265.236
   
On Base Pct.325.307
   
Slugging Pct.380.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.705.729
   
  Ender Inciarte
CF - ATL
Ender Inciarte
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats586492
   
Runs8070
   
Hits165127
   
Singles12384
   
Doubles2721
   
Triples54
   
Home Runs1018
   
RBI5870
   
Stolen Bases2317
   
Caught Stealing105
   
Walks4642
   
Strikeouts84126
   
Batting Average.281.258
   
On Base Pct.333.316
   
Slugging Pct.395.431
   
On-base Plus Slugging.728.747
   
  Ender Inciarte
CF - ATL
Ender Inciarte
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
News 
 Ender Inciarte exited Tuesday night's game with lower back tightness.
Andrew Seifter
Tue, May 14th
Ian Desmond belted his 11th homer of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 26th
 Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte went 0-for-3 in the team's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, dropping his batting average to .216.
Mike Maher
Sat, May 11th
Ian Desmond went 4-for-4 with four singles, an RBI, and a run scored on Saturday as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers 5-4.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Ender Inciarte was removed from Monday's game against the Padres with right hamstring tightness.
Dan Harris
Mon, Apr 29th
Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and two runs scored in the Rockies' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 21st
 Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's loss to the Colorado Rockies. The homer was his second of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Apr 28th
Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a homer, five RBI, and two runs scored as the Rockies beat the Padres 14-8 on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte went 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies. The steal was his third of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Apr 24th
Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a homer, four RBI, and two runs scored as the Rockies fell to the Padres 16-12 on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
Notes 
 Inciarte is not the kind of player that fantasy managers drool over, but he is a strong bet to steal 20 bases and hit 10 home runs while batting close to .300. If he does that again, he'll be well worth starting in standard 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Desmond has now gone 20/20 in five of his last six healthy seasons. His .236 batting average isn't what you'd hope for, but keep in mind that he batted .285 and .274 the previous two seasons so he should jump back in 2019.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Inciarte had a weird season. After stealing 13 bases through April, his final tally (28) felt like a letdown despite representing a career high. He also batted .265 after weaving averages of .303, .291, and .304 in the previous three seasons. Although little changed in his batted-ball profile, the Statcast data suggests more good fortune before than misfortune in 2018. Yet he's a career .289 hitter who consistently puts the ball in play, and there's a chance he leads off a Braves lineup boasting Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman, and Josh Donaldson. If landing and maintaining that slot, he's an immense bargain who can score 100 runs with 10 homers and 25-30 steals. Simply repeating last year's stats-with a couple of steals traded for a few average points-would make Inciarte a worthwhile depth piece at his early going rates.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Desmond went 20-20 in 2018 for the fifth time in seven seasons, but those numbers were accompanied by an ugly .236 batting average. The batting average should improve a bit as last year's career-low .279 BABIP normalizes, but Desmond is unlikely to again reach 20 home runs if he continues to hit the ball on the ground 62 percent of the time, like he has since he got to Colorado in 2017. There is also some risk Desmond runs less in his age-33 season, but it's reasonable to hope he provides 15 HRs, 20 SBs, and a .265 average.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
  No player has a greater gap in actual and fantasy value than Desmond. He went 20/20 for the fifth time in his career, joining just 10 players to hit both benchmarks. He was also the worst position player in baseball, recording -0.7 fWAR with a .315 wOBA and mediocre defense at first base. He couldn't even cash in at Coors Field, where he hit a robust .239/.319/.404. The Rockies should bench him, but they probably won't admit to a sunk cost. Instead, they plan on starting him at center field, which means drafters can at least count on homers and steals (and multi-position eligibility) while hoping the Colorado altitude augments his batting average. It's nevertheless impossible to get too excited about a mediocre performer who notched an MLB-high 62.0% ground-ball rate.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros