Who Should I Draft?

Eric Hosmer or Ian Desmond (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
35 of 56 experts
38%
Recommended by
21 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 88# 93
Best Rank# 53# 77
Worst Rank# 139# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 167# 147
Best Rank# 135# 137
Worst Rank# 177# 165
   
Projections 
   
Runs8070
Home Runs2118
RBI8070
Stolen Bases617
Batting Average.272.258
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 89# 92
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 53# 84
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 96# 103
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 90# 100
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 76# 89
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 83# 95
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 131# 152
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 79# 112
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 105# 139
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 95# 152
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 60# 77
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 119
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 80# 86
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 89# 99
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 79# 93
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 96# 130
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 84# 94
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 85# 90
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 55# 162
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 92# 98
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 74# 126
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 89# 93
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 92# 93
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 77# 109
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 87# 97
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 100# 123
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 86# 102
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 112# 119
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 89# 100
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 89# 98
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 110# 124
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 108# 140
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 78# 94
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 79# 109
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 82# 79
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 88# 82
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 89# 83
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 91# 89
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 92# 80
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 92# 91
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 94# 92
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 94# 79
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 95# 92
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 96# 92
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 97# 92
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 99# 90
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 100# 94
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 104# 91
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 112# 91
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 113# 96
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 115# 101
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 116# 104
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 119# 78
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 135# 130
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 139# 96
   
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats613555
   
Runs7282
   
Hits155131
   
Singles10480
   
Doubles3121
   
Triples28
   
Home Runs1822
   
RBI6988
   
Stolen Bases720
   
Caught Stealing46
   
Walks6253
   
Strikeouts142146
   
Batting Average.253.236
   
On Base Pct.322.307
   
Slugging Pct.398.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.720.729
   
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats588492
   
Runs8070
   
Hits160127
   
Singles10784
   
Doubles2921
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs2118
   
RBI8070
   
Stolen Bases617
   
Caught Stealing35
   
Walks6242
   
Strikeouts124126
   
Batting Average.272.258
   
On Base Pct.341.316
   
Slugging Pct.436.431
   
On-base Plus Slugging.777.747
   
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
News 
 Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Padres' 2-0 win over the Brewers on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
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
 Eric Hosmer went 2-for-6 with a double, a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored in the Padres' 16-12 win over the Rockies on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
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
 Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBI as the Padres fell to the Giants 6-5 on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
Ian Desmond went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Rockies beat the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
 Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored as the Padres beat the Nats 5-4 on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
Ian Desmond went hitless in four at bats on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Padres fell to the Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored as the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 30th
Notes 
 Hosmer was a wreck in the second half, posting a negative average launch angle. While that is no guarantee to be fixed, he is still a career .280 hitter with excellent durability and sufficient power. Eventually every player becomes a value and Hosmer's ADP may have fallen enough that it has become the case.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
 After posting back-to-back 25 HR seasons, Hosmer managed just 18 long balls in his first season in San Diego and does not appear likely to return to the 25 homer range if he continues to hit the ball on the ground so frequently. That said, last year's .253 batting average seems due for some major improvement, both because his BABIP was a tad low and because last season's high strikeout rate looks like an outlier for a player that is still in the prime of his career. Hosmer could again be a sneaky source of steals on a team that likes to run, and his run and RBI production should improve along with the Padres' lineup as a whole. He won't blow you away with his production in any one category, but should make steady across-the-board contributions.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 The every-other-year curse once again struck Hosmer, who batted .253/.322/.398 with a 95 wRC+ and -0.1 fWAR to start an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres. He was the only qualified position player to post a negative launch angle (-1.2°), and only Ian Desmond hit more ground balls than his 60.4%. Not only did he make weaker contact, he made less of it with career lows in contact (74.7%) and strikeout (21.0%) rate. Before writing Hosmer off entirely, he has bounced back from terrible years before. Deep-league managers will at least derive value from a locked-in starter who has recorded at least 667 plate appearances in each of the last four seasons. If he falls far enough, he is an acceptable corner-infield compiler, especially now that he's batting alongside Manny Machado. Take a better hitter-it won't be hard to find one-in shallower formats.
Andrew Gould - 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