Who Should I Draft?

Ian Desmond or Carlos Santana (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
Recommended by
38 of 59 experts
Recommended by
21 of 59 experts
ECR# 93# 99
Best Rank# 77# 60
Worst Rank# 162# 193
Composite# 147# 178
Best Rank# 137# 136
Worst Rank# 165# 196
Home Runs1824
Stolen Bases173
Batting Average.258.249
Injury Alert--
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 79# 98
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 92# 101
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# 89# 96
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The Fantasy Fix
# 82# 120
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# 89# 110
Grey Albright
# 95# 160
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 102
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 91# 97
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 112# 135
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# 79# 109
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 104# 114
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 103
Fantasy Team Advice
# 77# 95
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 86# 97
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 99# 104
Andrew Gould
# 92# 106
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 92# 104
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 83# 116
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 90# 93
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 94# 104
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 103# 108
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# 91
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# 92# 108
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# 92# 93
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# 93# 100
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# 80# 147
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# 97# 101
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# 123# 137
Andrew Seifter
# 102# 105
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 119# 140
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 96# 147
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 87# 98
Jacob Gibbs
# 98# 110
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 109# 130
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 125# 139
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 140# 193
Austin Bristow II
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# 101# 110
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 78# 61
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# 84# 60
Rudy Gamble
# 93# 92
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 93# 89
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 94# 79
Ariel Cohen
# 94# 81
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 94# 90
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 100# 98
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 100# 99
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 103# 92
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 109# 105
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 109# 91
Mick Ciallela
# 124# 112
Bobby Sylvester
# 126# 67
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 130# 101
Wayne Bretsky
# 130# 98
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 139# 109
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CBS Sports
# 152# 85
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 152# 89
Mario Mergola
# 162# 70
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 167
  Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
2018 Stats 
At Bats555560
Home Runs2224
Stolen Bases202
Caught Stealing61
Batting Average.236.229
On Base Pct.307.352
Slugging Pct.422.414
On-base Plus Slugging.729.766
  Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
2019 Projections 
At Bats492536
Home Runs1824
Stolen Bases173
Caught Stealing51
Batting Average.258.249
On Base Pct.316.361
Slugging Pct.431.449
On-base Plus Slugging.747.810
  Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Carlos Santana
1B,3B - CLE
Carlos Santana
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three runs in a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 18th
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Angels on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
 Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two walks in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 9th
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in a 5-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 8th
 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
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in an 11-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Sep 3rd
 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