Who Should I Draft?

J.T. Realmuto or Ian Desmond (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Expert
Recommendation
96%
Recommended by
54 of 56 experts
4%
Recommended by
2 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 93
Best Rank# 23# 77
Worst Rank# 107# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 46# 147
Best Rank# 38# 137
Worst Rank# 63# 165
   
Projections 
   
Runs7270
Home Runs2218
RBI7670
Stolen Bases517
Batting Average.277.258
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 52# 130
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 79
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 92
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 55# 89
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 72# 103
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 82
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 42# 100
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 27# 89
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 47# 95
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 66# 90
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 79# 152
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 51# 91
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 61# 112
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 52# 79
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 51# 139
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 29# 104
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 25# 152
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 91
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 64# 77
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 52
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 43# 86
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 53# 99
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 92
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 93
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 130
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 45# 92
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 94
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 53# 83
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 43# 90
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 56# 94
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 54# 78
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 72# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 35# 162
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 52# 98
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 81# 91
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 41# 96
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 61# 92
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 58# 92
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 59# 126
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 50# 93
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 93
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 83# 109
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 40# 97
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 123
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 42# 102
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 47# 119
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 75# 96
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 49# 100
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 64# 98
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 48# 124
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 56# 140
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 94
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 56# 101
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 109
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 85# 80
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 107# 84
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats477555
   
Runs7482
   
Hits132131
   
Singles7880
   
Doubles3021
   
Triples38
   
Home Runs2122
   
RBI7488
   
Stolen Bases320
   
Caught Stealing26
   
Walks3853
   
Strikeouts104146
   
Batting Average.277.236
   
On Base Pct.340.307
   
Slugging Pct.484.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.825.729
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats497492
   
Runs7270
   
Hits138127
   
Singles8384
   
Doubles2921
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs2218
   
RBI7670
   
Stolen Bases517
   
Caught Stealing25
   
Walks3742
   
Strikeouts106126
   
Batting Average.277.258
   
On Base Pct.327.316
   
Slugging Pct.479.431
   
On-base Plus Slugging.807.747
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
News 
 J.T. Realmuto (groin) is starting at catcher and batting fifth in game one of Wednesday's double-header against the Nationals.
Connor Rooney
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
 J.T. Realmuto (groin) is once again absent from Philadelphia's lineup on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
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
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto left Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves one inning after being hit by a foul tip off the bat of Freddie Freeman in the groin. He was replaced at catcher by Andrew Knapp.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
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
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Braves. The steal was his third of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Ian Desmond went hitless in four at bats on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks in Saturday's win over the Reds. The homer was his 10th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
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 
 Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
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
 Already last year's top catcher with room to spare, Realmuto's value rises substantially after getting traded to the Phillies. Depending on his spot in the batting order, an upgraded lineup should yield a major rise in runs and/or RBI. He also goes from the worst park for right-handed power to the second-best behind Coors Field, so he could potentially expand upon 2018's career-high 21 homers. A fade before the move, drafters should now take a closer look at Realmuto to avoid the catching cesspool.
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
 Realmuto doesn't possess the pure upside of Gary Sanchez, but he may still be the better pick in fantasy drafts. In moving from Miami to Philadelphia, he gets a massive upgrade in both his home ballpark and supporting cast, setting him up to establish new career highs in the counting stats (HR, RBIs, runs). Realmuto is also a good bet to lead all catchers in plate appearances, thanks to both his durability and the possibility that he sees the occasional start at first base when he isn't behind the plate.
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