Who Should I Draft?

Ian Desmond or Ryan Braun (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 92# 93
Best Rank# 36# 77
Worst Rank# 150# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 186# 147
Best Rank# 180# 137
Worst Rank# 918# 165
   
Projections 
   
Runs6770
Home Runs2218
RBI7170
Stolen Bases1217
Batting Average.269.258
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 124# 130
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 81# 89
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 98# 103
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 94# 95
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 36# 152
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 89# 91
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 78# 112
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 60# 139
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 124# 152
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 78# 91
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 150
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 83# 86
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 94# 99
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 53# 93
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 77# 92
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 82# 90
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 84# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 67# 162
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 93# 98
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 87# 92
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 95# 126
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 91# 93
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 80# 109
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 96# 97
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 109# 123
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 50# 102
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 84# 119
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 94# 100
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 97# 98
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 95# 124
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 90# 140
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 96# 109
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 83# 77
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 95# 78
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 113# 79
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 118# 79
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 128# 80
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 129# 82
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 93# 83
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 97# 84
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 97# 89
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 130# 90
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 102# 91
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 93# 92
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 98# 92
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 98# 92
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 111# 93
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 95# 94
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 108# 94
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 119# 94
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 103# 96
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 105# 96
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 103# 100
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 117# 101
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 142# 104
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 137# 130
   
  Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats405555
   
Runs5982
   
Hits103131
   
Singles5780
   
Doubles2521
   
Triples18
   
Home Runs2022
   
RBI6488
   
Stolen Bases1120
   
Caught Stealing56
   
Walks3453
   
Strikeouts85146
   
Batting Average.254.236
   
On Base Pct.313.307
   
Slugging Pct.469.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.782.729
   
  Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats457492
   
Runs6770
   
Hits123127
   
Singles7484
   
Doubles2621
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs2218
   
RBI7170
   
Stolen Bases1217
   
Caught Stealing55
   
Walks4142
   
Strikeouts95126
   
Batting Average.269.258
   
On Base Pct.329.316
   
Slugging Pct.478.431
   
On-base Plus Slugging.807.747
   
  Ryan Braun
1B,LF - MIL
Ryan Braun
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
News 
 Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and three RBI in the Brewers' 8-7 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
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
 Ryan Braun went 1-for-6 with a solo home run on Wednesday against the Astros.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 13th
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
 Ryan Braun went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in the Brewers' 10-4 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
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
 Ryan Braun went 0-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts in the Brewers' 12-10 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
Ian Desmond went hitless in four at bats on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Ryan Braun is absent from Sunday's lineup versus the Braves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 19th
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
Notes 
 Braun isn't often healthy, but when he is on the field, he has continued to rake over the last three years. In that time, his per 162 game average is 30 homers, 18 steals and a .279 batting average. If he can finally stay on the field, fantasy owners will hit the jackpot this year.
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
 Braun is no longer the dominant fantasy outfielder he once was, but he looks to be criminally underrated at this stage of his career. You can't expect him to play more than 120-140 games, but Braun has proven over the last couple seasons that he's capable of producing 20+ HRs and 10+ SBs even while missing a quarter of a season, and his batting average could even pop back up into the .280+ range after two straight low-BABIP seasons. Hitting in a terrific lineup and favorable home ballpark, Braun (ADP 203.7) should be able to again produce numbers that resemble those of OFs going much earlier in drafts like George Springer (ADP 54.3), Mitch Haniger (ADP 81.0), and Justin Upton (ADP 85.7).
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
 A regressing Braun still offers value. Despite posting career lows in batting average (.254), OBP (.313) and wRC+ (105), the veteran still stockpiled 20 homers and 11 steals last year. He faces far less competition for playing time now that the Brewers have traded Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton, so he'll go as far as his health takes him. The 35-year-old isn't washed just yet; he notched a .296 xBA and .515 xSLG, per Statcast. He should at least fare closer to 2017's .268/.336/.487 slash line, and a 25/15 campaign isn't out of the question if he could piece together 550 plate appearances in around 130 games. A massive discrepancy between his consensus ADP (210) and ECR (141) reveals an intriguing buy-low opportunity.
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