Who Should I Draft?

Miguel Cabrera or Ian Desmond (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
43 of 59 experts
27%
Recommended by
16 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 90# 93
Best Rank# 38# 77
Worst Rank# 154# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 152# 147
Best Rank# 146# 137
Worst Rank# 167# 165
   
Projections 
   
Runs6370
Home Runs2018
RBI7470
Stolen Bases017
Batting Average.282.258
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 81# 130
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 62# 79
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 38# 84
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 87# 103
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 66# 82
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 88# 100
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 93# 95
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 86# 90
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 75# 112
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 138# 139
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 103# 104
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 86# 152
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 89# 91
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 39
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 91# 99
   
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Razzball
# 91# 93
   
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BretskyBall
# 67# 130
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 85# 94
   
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The Athletic
# 80# 83
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 86# 90
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 64# 78
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 81# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 142# 162
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 90# 96
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 88# 92
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 83# 92
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 83# 126
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 87# 93
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 88# 93
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 75# 109
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 64# 80
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 79# 97
   
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RotoBaller
# 92# 123
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 59# 102
   
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Razzball
# 84# 96
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 59# 100
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 90# 98
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 74# 94
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 70# 124
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 88# 109
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 70# 125
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 121# 140
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 93# 109
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 93# 92
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 93# 91
   
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RotoChamp
# 94# 89
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 96# 79
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 98# 92
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 99# 87
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 105# 101
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 111# 86
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 115# 92
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 115# 89
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 122# 94
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 130# 94
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 133# 77
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 154# 119
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 91
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 152
   
  Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats134555
   
Runs1782
   
Hits40131
   
Singles2680
   
Doubles1121
   
Triples08
   
Home Runs322
   
RBI2288
   
Stolen Bases020
   
Caught Stealing06
   
Walks2253
   
Strikeouts27146
   
Batting Average.299.236
   
On Base Pct.395.307
   
Slugging Pct.448.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.843.729
   
  Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats465492
   
Runs6370
   
Hits131127
   
Singles8484
   
Doubles2621
   
Triples14
   
Home Runs2018
   
RBI7470
   
Stolen Bases017
   
Caught Stealing15
   
Walks5942
   
Strikeouts98126
   
Batting Average.282.258
   
On Base Pct.363.316
   
Slugging Pct.469.431
   
On-base Plus Slugging.832.747
   
  Miguel Cabrera
1B,DH - DET
Miguel Cabrera
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
News 
 Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 7-2 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 18th
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
 Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-3 with two RBI in a 12-11 win over the Yankees on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
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
 Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 2nd
Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
 Miguel Cabrera (biceps) has returned to the Tigers' lineup on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
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
 Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 5-4 loss to the Astros on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 20th
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
Notes 
 You may be inclined to believe Cabrera is done since he has had two subpar seasons in a row, but he is apparently in the best shape of his life. Add in the fact that he will be spending most of his time as the Tigers DH and we might just have the biggest bounceback player on our hands.
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
 Cabrera's 2018 season was cut short after just 38 games due to a torn biceps tendon, but in the limited sample size he looked more like the perennial .300 hitter he's been for most of his career than the guy who hit just .249 in 2017. It is hard to expect much more than around 20 HRs from Cabrera at this point -- his 38 HRs in 2016 is the major outlier of the last five seasons -- but even that kind of power output can be useful when it's accompanied by a strong batting average. He's nowhere near the player he once was, but his days as a mixed league asset aren't over quite yet.
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
 On the bright side, Cabrera recorded a .360 wOBA after notching a career-low .313 in 2017. The only problem: He played just 38 games due to a ruptured left biceps tendon. Don't bank on a fully healthy season from the first baseman, who turns 36 in April and has averaged 111 games over the last four seasons. Yet last year proved he's still a prolific hitter when healthy, even if no longer a massive home-run threat. If he falls beyond pick 150, it's worth rolling the dice on one of this generation's best sluggers churning out one more vintage season before his Hall of Fame career bites the dust.
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