Who Should I Draft?

Ian Desmond or Carlos Santana (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
36 of 56 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 93# 99
Best Rank# 77# 60
Worst Rank# 162# 193
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 147# 178
Best Rank# 137# 136
Worst Rank# 165# 196
   
Projections 
   
Runs7083
Home Runs1824
RBI7086
Stolen Bases173
Batting Average.258.249
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 79# 98
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 92# 101
   
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# 89# 96
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 82# 120
   
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RotoChamp
# 89# 110
   
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Razzball
# 95# 160
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 102
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 91# 97
   
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The Athletic
# 112# 135
   
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Beast Dome
# 79# 109
   
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CBS Sports
# 104# 114
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 103
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
# 77# 95
   
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 86# 97
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
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FantasyPros
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
# 83# 116
   
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Expand The Boxscore
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Fake Teams
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The Fake Baseball
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Athlon Sports
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FanGraphs
# 91
   
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Pitcher List
# 96# 117
   
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RotoBaller
# 92# 108
   
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RotoBaller
# 92# 93
   
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FanGraphs
# 93# 100
   
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Razzball
# 80# 147
   
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FantasyPros
# 97# 101
   
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RotoBaller
# 123# 137
   
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FantasyPros
# 102# 105
   
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Freeze Stats
# 119# 140
   
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# 98# 110
   
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# 78# 61
   
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# 84# 60
   
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Razzball
# 93# 92
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 93# 89
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 94# 79
   
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FanGraphs
# 94# 81
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 100# 98
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 100# 99
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 103# 92
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 109# 105
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 109# 91
   
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Fantrax
# 124# 112
   
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# 126# 67
   
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The Athletic
# 130# 101
   
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# 130# 98
   
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The Athletic
# 139# 109
   
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# 152# 85
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 152# 89
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 162# 70
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 167
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats555560
   
Runs8282
   
Hits131128
   
Singles8074
   
Doubles2128
   
Triples82
   
Home Runs2224
   
RBI8886
   
Stolen Bases202
   
Caught Stealing61
   
Walks53110
   
Strikeouts14693
   
Batting Average.236.229
   
On Base Pct.307.352
   
Slugging Pct.422.414
   
On-base Plus Slugging.729.766
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats492536
   
Runs7083
   
Hits127133
   
Singles8477
   
Doubles2129
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1824
   
RBI7086
   
Stolen Bases173
   
Caught Stealing51
   
Walks4294
   
Strikeouts12690
   
Batting Average.258.249
   
On Base Pct.316.361
   
Slugging Pct.431.449
   
On-base Plus Slugging.747.810
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
News 
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a homer, two runs, and one RBI in an 8-3 win over Detroit on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 24th
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 7-6 win over Detroit on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Cleveland Indians DH Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 20th
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 0-for-2 with three walks, a run, and a stolen base in a 10-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with two walks, a run, and a steal in a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
Notes 
 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
Santana had some of the worst BABIP luck in baseball last year so you can expect his batting average to jump back into the .250s this year to go with his usual 20+ homers and 80+ runs. That makes him a quality late-round corner infielder as always.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
A smooth selection (sorry) for OBP managers, Santana batted .229 after back-to-back .259 campaigns. He actually slashed his strikeout rate (13.7%) for the fourth straight season with a gaudy 16.2% walk rate. Having exceeded 600 plate appearances in each of the last eight seasons, he's an excellent compiler who could again broach 80 runs and RBI apiece with around 25 home runs. That will make him a sharp corner infielder if his batting average repairs closer to his career .247 mark, which matches last season's xBA on Statcast. He added third-base eligibility (19 games) in some leagues and could gain outfield during the season.
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