Who Should I Draft?

Ian Desmond or Matt Olson (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
32 of 59 experts
46%
Recommended by
27 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 93# 105
Best Rank# 77# 41
Worst Rank# 162# 209
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 147# 141
Best Rank# 137# 120
Worst Rank# 165# 167
   
Projections 
   
Runs7067
Home Runs1825
RBI7072
Stolen Bases172
Batting Average.258.244
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 79# 170
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 92# 143
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 89# 101
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 82# 94
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 100# 130
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 89# 177
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 95# 135
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 90# 125
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 91# 126
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 112# 149
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 104# 113
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 116
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 86# 127
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 92# 114
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 93# 131
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 92# 209
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 94# 110
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 90# 130
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 94# 108
   
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Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 78# 155
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 91# 126
   
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RotoBaller
# 92# 181
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 126# 154
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 93# 128
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 93# 102
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 109# 150
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 80# 102
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 97# 151
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 102# 131
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 100# 107
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 124
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 94# 162
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 77# 57
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 79# 59
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 83# 81
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 84# 78
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 87# 60
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 92# 75
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 94# 92
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 96# 68
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 96# 58
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 98# 50
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 99# 61
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 101# 67
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 103# 58
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 103# 58
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 109# 105
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 109# 95
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 119# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 123# 57
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 125# 68
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 130# 125
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 130# 71
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 139# 47
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 140# 131
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 152# 136
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 152# 126
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 162# 154
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 155
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats555580
   
Runs8285
   
Hits131143
   
Singles8081
   
Doubles2133
   
Triples80
   
Home Runs2229
   
RBI8884
   
Stolen Bases202
   
Caught Stealing61
   
Walks5370
   
Strikeouts146163
   
Batting Average.236.247
   
On Base Pct.307.335
   
Slugging Pct.422.453
   
On-base Plus Slugging.729.788
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats492435
   
Runs7067
   
Hits127106
   
Singles8457
   
Doubles2123
   
Triples41
   
Home Runs1825
   
RBI7072
   
Stolen Bases172
   
Caught Stealing51
   
Walks4256
   
Strikeouts126129
   
Batting Average.258.244
   
On Base Pct.316.331
   
Slugging Pct.431.476
   
On-base Plus Slugging.747.807
   
  Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Matt Olson
1B - OAK
Matt Olson
News 
 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
Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Royals.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 17th
 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
Matt Olson went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 15th
 Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 14-9 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
 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
Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday’s 3-2 win over the Astros.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
 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
Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a walk, two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday’s 21-7 win over the Astros.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 11th
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
Before most of the majors even started the season, Olson got hit on his right hand by a pitch in Tokyo. He underwent hamate surgery, which will keep him out of action for at least a month. A tricky injury from which to recover, he may also need some time to rediscover his power upon returning. Just like that, a popular breakout pick throughout the offseason becomes someone to ignore -- unless given a sizable discount -- in drafts right before the league-wide Opening Day.
Andrew Gould - 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 lighting the world on fire as a rookie, Olson's small sample size didn't translate to the monster power numbers some were banking on in 2018. With that said, he still offers loads of power for a 10th round pick, and while the batting average isn't ideal, it won't kill you like Joey Gallo's.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
After hitting a remarkable 24 home runs in just 59 games in 2017, Olson managed just 29 long balls in a full 162 game slate in 2018. But he was still among the league leaders in hard contact rate, and his batted ball profile suggests last season's home run total is close to his floor. Like many corner infielders, Olson won't be of any help in batting average or stolen bases, but is a strong bet for 30+ HRs with solid run production.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros