Who Should I Draft?

Ian Desmond or Luke Voit (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Luke Voit
1B - NYY
Luke Voit
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
40 of 56 experts
29%
Recommended by
16 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 93# 110
Best Rank# 77# 65
Worst Rank# 162# 170
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 147# 168
Best Rank# 137# 146
Worst Rank# 165# 215
   
Projections 
   
Runs7064
Home Runs1823
RBI7070
Stolen Bases171
Batting Average.258.270
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 79# 99
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 92# 104
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 84# 125
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 103# 134
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 82# 113
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 100# 116
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 89# 161
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 95# 113
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 152
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 91# 113
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 112# 129
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 79# 138
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 139# 144
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 152# 157
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 105
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 77# 122
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 86# 113
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 99# 116
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 92# 118
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 93# 137
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 92# 136
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 94# 134
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 83# 95
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 90# 98
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 78# 86
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 103# 130
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 98# 119
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 126# 170
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 93# 130
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 93# 116
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 109# 138
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 97# 114
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 119# 153
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 96# 114
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 100# 116
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 98# 124
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 124# 131
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 94# 120
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 101# 142
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 109# 132
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 80# 68
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 89# 67
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 77
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 91# 85
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 92# 82
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 92# 65
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 94# 83
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 96# 88
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 102# 82
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 104# 102
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 123# 105
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 130# 89
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 130# 89
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 140# 95
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 162# 149
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 145
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Luke Voit
1B - NYY
Luke Voit
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats555143
   
Runs8230
   
Hits13146
   
Singles8026
   
Doubles215
   
Triples80
   
Home Runs2215
   
RBI8836
   
Stolen Bases200
   
Caught Stealing60
   
Walks5317
   
Strikeouts14643
   
Batting Average.236.322
   
On Base Pct.307.398
   
Slugging Pct.422.671
   
On-base Plus Slugging.7291.069
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Luke Voit
1B - NYY
Luke Voit
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats492424
   
Runs7064
   
Hits127114
   
Singles8470
   
Doubles2121
   
Triples41
   
Home Runs1823
   
RBI7070
   
Stolen Bases171
   
Caught Stealing51
   
Walks4244
   
Strikeouts126113
   
Batting Average.258.270
   
On Base Pct.316.338
   
Slugging Pct.431.489
   
On-base Plus Slugging.747.827
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Luke Voit
1B - NYY
Luke Voit
News 
 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
Luke Voit went 2-for-2 with two walks and hit a solo home run as the Yankees lost to the White Sox by a 10-2 score on Friday.
John Aubin
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
Luke Voit went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer as the Yankees defeated the Mets 12-5 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
 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
Voit is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jun 8th
 Ian Desmond went hitless in four at bats on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
Luke Voit went 1-for-3 with a home run, walk and another run scored in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox.
John Aubin
Mon, Jun 3rd
 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
Luke Voit went 3-for-4 and scored a run as the Yankees beat the Red Sox by a 5-3 score on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 2nd
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
Voit was extraordinary for the Yankees once they acquired him from St. Louis last year. In fact, he may have been one of the best hitters in baseball. Don't expect that for all of 2019, but don't be shocked if he puts up a Jesus Aguilar type of season either.
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
After bouncing around the Cardinals' minor league system for seven years, Voit finally experienced some Major League success after moving to the Yankees. He hit a blistering .322 with 15 home runs over 47 games in Pinstripes, begging the question of whether that was a true breakout or a mirage. The answer likely lies somewhere in between. Voit's 40.5 percent HR/FB rate is the definition of unsustainable, but his batted ball data suggest he does have some legitimate pop in his bat. He's unlikely to hit anywhere close to .322 again, but if he can hold down a starting job in New York -- which is no certainty -- it is not hard envision him hitting 25-30 home runs with good run production over the course of a full season.
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
Voit dominated (.322/.398/.671, 15 HRs) in 47 games with the Yankees. His .447 wOBA matched Mike Trout, and his .437 wxOBA topped every hitter with at least 150 plate appearances. He also, however, posted a 40.5 HR/FB% with an abysmal 68.9% contact rate, stats which respectively scream HR and AVG regression. Given the microscopic sample size attached to 2018's breakout, there's still a chance he falls into the short end of a platoon with Greg Bird. Yet the scorching contact suggests he could ward off some red flags and leverage Yankee Stadium into a 30-homer campaign. Weigh the risks and rewards before determining whether to swing for the fences.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros