Who Should I Draft?

Max Muncy or Ian Desmond (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Recommended by
46 of 59 experts
Recommended by
13 of 59 experts
ECR# 81# 93
Best Rank# 41# 77
Worst Rank# 156# 162
Composite# 110# 147
Best Rank# 101# 137
Worst Rank# 146# 165
Home Runs2818
Stolen Bases317
Batting Average.248.258
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 98# 130
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 65# 92
Brad Richter
# 80# 89
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 41# 103
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 58# 82
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 74# 100
Site Projections
# 55# 89
Grey Albright
# 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
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
# 79# 92
Wayne Bretsky
# 59# 130
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 87# 94
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 62# 94
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 82# 103
Mario Mergola
# 62# 162
Paul Sporer
# 46# 91
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 61# 96
Bill Dubiel
# 83# 92
Bobby Sylvester
# 103# 126
Justin Mason
# 82# 93
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 64# 93
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 91# 109
Donkey Teeth
# 66# 80
Dan Harris
# 80# 97
Pierre Camus
# 80# 123
Andrew Seifter
# 78# 102
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 61# 119
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 47# 96
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 92# 100
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 82# 87
Jacob Gibbs
# 79# 98
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 58# 94
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 63# 109
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 77# 125
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
# 95# 92
Ariel Cohen
# 96# 94
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 101# 86
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 126# 78
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 127# 92
Fantasy Team Advice
# 140# 77
Mick Ciallela
# 141# 124
Rudy Gamble
# 149# 93
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 156# 139
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 84
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
At Bats395555
Home Runs3522
Stolen Bases320
Caught Stealing06
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
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
At Bats467492
Home Runs2818
Stolen Bases317
Caught Stealing15
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
Ian Desmond
 Max Muncy was out of Sunday's lineup versus the Rockies with a quad injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 22nd
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
 Max Muncy (wrist) has been facing live pitching in Arizona and is on track to return Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 12th
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
 Max Muncy had an MRI Friday afternoon, which revealed a crack in his right wrist. He expects to return to action in 1-2 weeks.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
 Max Muncy, who left Wednesday's game versus the Padres, has been diagnosed with a right wrist contusion.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 29th
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
 Max Muncy hit his 33rd homer of the season in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 22nd
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
 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