Who Should I Draft?

Max Muncy or Ian Desmond (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Expert
Recommendation
77%
Recommended by
43 of 56 experts
23%
Recommended by
13 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 81# 93
Best Rank# 41# 77
Worst Rank# 156# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 110# 147
Best Rank# 101# 137
Worst Rank# 146# 165
   
Projections 
   
Runs7670
Home Runs2818
RBI7970
Stolen Bases317
Batting Average.248.258
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 98# 130
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 65# 92
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 80# 89
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 41# 103
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 58# 82
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 74# 100
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 55# 89
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 52# 95
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 70# 90
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 123# 152
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 84# 91
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 76# 112
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 54# 79
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 69# 104
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 71# 152
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 76# 91
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 147
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 81# 99
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 79# 92
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 59# 130
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 87# 94
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 62# 94
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 82# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 62# 162
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 80# 98
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 46# 91
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 61# 96
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 83# 92
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 103# 126
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 82# 93
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 64# 93
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 91# 109
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 66# 80
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 80# 97
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 80# 123
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 78# 102
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 61# 119
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 47# 96
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 92# 100
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 79# 98
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 64# 140
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 69# 101
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 66# 109
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 80# 79
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 86# 83
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 92# 90
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 95# 92
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 96# 94
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 101# 86
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 126# 78
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 127# 92
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 140# 77
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 141# 124
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 149# 93
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 156# 139
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 84
   
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats395555
   
Runs7582
   
Hits104131
   
Singles5080
   
Doubles1721
   
Triples28
   
Home Runs3522
   
RBI7988
   
Stolen Bases320
   
Caught Stealing06
   
Walks7953
   
Strikeouts131146
   
Batting Average.263.236
   
On Base Pct.391.307
   
Slugging Pct.582.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.973.729
   
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats467492
   
Runs7670
   
Hits116127
   
Singles6584
   
Doubles2121
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs2818
   
RBI7970
   
Stolen Bases317
   
Caught Stealing15
   
Walks7842
   
Strikeouts142126
   
Batting Average.248.258
   
On Base Pct.355.316
   
Slugging Pct.483.431
   
On-base Plus Slugging.838.747
   
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
News 
 Max Muncy went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
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
 Max Muncy went 2-for-4 with two solo homers and a walk as the Dodgers fell to the Angels 5-3 on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 12th
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
 Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
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
 Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a walk as the Dodges fell to the Giants 2-1 on Friday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
Ian Desmond went hitless in four at bats on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 4-3 on Saturday night.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
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 
 Muncy was 2nd in HR-rate among all MLB hitters last season. Granted, he slowed down toward the end of the year and his batting average wasn't ideal, but that type of power certainly warrants a top 100 pick. This is especially the case when he qualifies at second base and third base too.
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
 Muncy was a late bloomer, bouncing around the Athletics' and Dodgers' farm systems for six years before breaking out in a big way at 27 years old. In his first extended opportunity in the Big Leagues, Muncy smacked 35 home runs in just 395 at-bats. That was due in part to a 29.4 percent HR/FB ratio that was one of the highest in baseball, but Muncy was also among the league leaders in hard contact rate. Even if his HR/FB rate drops off, he can make up for it with more games played, making him a decent bet to again top 30 home runs. He won't be an asset in batting average or stolen bases, but he is another example of a big-time power source you can acquire relatively cheaply.
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
 Muncy had batted .195 with five homers in 245 big league plate appearances prior to 2018, so he naturally towered 35 homers with a .407 wOBA. He endured some troubling strikeout woes late in the season and playoffs, but there are plenty of reasons not to anticipate the bottom falling out entirely. Along with a gorgeous 16.4% walk rate, the late bloomer notched a heavy dosage of fly balls (44.9%, only 5.9% popups) and hard hits (47.4%). Per Statcast, only Joey Gallo served up a higher rate of barrels per batted balls than Muncy's 16.9. He's a solid power pick-and tremendous OBP target-if the rest of the room sees an obvious regression candidate.
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