Who Should I Draft?

J.T. Realmuto or Ian Desmond (2019)

Experts' Pick
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Recommended by
57 of 59 experts
Recommended by
2 of 59 experts
ECR# 50# 93
Best Rank# 23# 77
Worst Rank# 107# 162
Composite# 46# 147
Best Rank# 38# 137
Worst Rank# 63# 165
Home Runs2218
Stolen Bases517
Batting Average.277.258
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 52# 130
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 79
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 92
Brad Richter
# 55# 89
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 72# 103
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 82
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 42# 100
Site Projections
# 27# 89
Grey Albright
# 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
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
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
# 41# 92
Rudy Gamble
# 27# 93
Wayne Bretsky
# 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
# 35# 162
Paul Sporer
# 81# 91
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 41# 96
Bill Dubiel
# 61# 92
Nick Mariano
# 58# 92
Bobby Sylvester
# 59# 126
Justin Mason
# 50# 93
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 93
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 83# 109
Dan Harris
# 40# 97
Pierre Camus
# 44# 123
Andrew Seifter
# 42# 102
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 47# 119
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 75# 96
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 49# 100
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 87
Jacob Gibbs
# 64# 98
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 78# 94
Mick Ciallela
# 48# 124
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 57# 109
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 87# 125
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 56# 140
Ariel Cohen
# 23# 94
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 56# 101
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 109
Donkey Teeth
# 85# 80
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 107# 84
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
At Bats477555
Home Runs2122
Stolen Bases320
Caught Stealing26
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
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
At Bats497492
Home Runs2218
Stolen Bases517
Caught Stealing25
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
Ian Desmond
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 25th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
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
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 24th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 11th
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
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three RBI in Friday's loss to the Mets. The homer was his 23rd of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run, and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Reds. The homer was his 22nd of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
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
 Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Reds. The homer was his 21st of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 5th
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
 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