Who Should I Draft?

Eric Hosmer or Ian Desmond (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Eric Hosmer
1B - SD
Eric Hosmer
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Recommended by
37 of 59 experts
Recommended by
22 of 59 experts
ECR# 88# 93
Best Rank# 53# 77
Worst Rank# 139# 162
Composite# 167# 147
Best Rank# 135# 137
Worst Rank# 177# 165
Home Runs2118
Stolen Bases617
Batting Average.272.258
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 89# 92
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 53# 84
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 96# 103
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 90# 100
Site Projections
# 76# 89
Grey Albright
# 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
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
# 79# 93
Wayne Bretsky
# 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
# 55# 162
Bobby Sylvester
# 74# 126
Justin Mason
# 89# 93
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 92# 93
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 77# 109
Dan Harris
# 87# 97
Pierre Camus
# 100# 123
Andrew Seifter
# 86# 102
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 112# 119
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 89# 100
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 86# 87
Jacob Gibbs
# 89# 98
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 81# 94
Mick Ciallela
# 110# 124
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 104# 125
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 108# 140
Ariel Cohen
# 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
# 91# 89
Donkey Teeth
# 92# 80
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 92# 91
Nick Mariano
# 94# 92
Beast Dome
# 94# 79
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 95# 92
Bill Dubiel
# 96# 92
Andrew Gould
# 97# 92
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 99# 90
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 100# 94
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 104# 91
Paul Sporer
# 112# 91
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 113# 96
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 115# 101
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 116# 104
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 117# 109
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
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
At Bats613555
Home Runs1822
Stolen Bases720
Caught Stealing46
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
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
At Bats588492
Home Runs2118
Stolen Bases617
Caught Stealing35
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
Ian Desmond
 Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a solo homer on Thursday versus the Brewers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
Ian Desmond hit a solo homer in the Rockies' 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 12th
 Eric Hosmer went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the Padres' loss to the Rockies on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 14th
Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, and two runs scored in the Rockies' 9-4 loss to the Pirates on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
 Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Padres' 14-7 loss to the D'Backs on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 2nd
Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
 Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 30th
Ian Desmond went 0-for-4 with an RBI as the Rockies fell to the Padres 7-1 on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 10th
 Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 with a single in Friday's loss tot he Red Sox.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 24th
Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in the Rockies' 11-1 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 24th
 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