Who Should I Draft?

Nomar Mazara or Ian Desmond (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nomar Mazara
RF - TEX
Nomar Mazara
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
45 of 59 experts
24%
Recommended by
14 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 83# 93
Best Rank# 47# 77
Worst Rank# 148# 162
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 153# 147
Best Rank# 140# 137
Worst Rank# 161# 165
   
Projections 
   
Runs7270
Home Runs2418
RBI8870
Stolen Bases217
Batting Average.266.258
   
Misc 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 74# 130
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 71# 92
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 83# 103
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 86# 100
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 57# 95
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 58# 90
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 74# 152
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 83# 91
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 74# 112
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 79
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 88# 139
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 97# 104
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 91# 152
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 90# 91
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 66# 77
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 63
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 75# 86
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 85# 99
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 64# 93
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 100# 130
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 66# 92
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 76# 94
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 79# 83
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 89# 90
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 93# 94
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 88# 103
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 87# 162
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 77# 126
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 84# 93
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 81# 93
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 71# 109
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 90# 97
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 123
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 83# 119
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 80# 96
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 83# 100
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 85# 87
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 86# 98
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 87# 94
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 78# 124
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 96# 109
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 85# 125
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 70# 140
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 80# 94
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 84# 109
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 87# 82
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 88# 79
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 95# 84
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 96# 92
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 96# 78
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 99# 92
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 100# 96
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 102# 101
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 107# 91
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 110# 89
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 113# 92
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 119# 80
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 134# 102
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 148# 89
   
  Nomar Mazara
RF - TEX
Nomar Mazara
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats489555
   
Runs6182
   
Hits126131
   
Singles8080
   
Doubles2521
   
Triples18
   
Home Runs2022
   
RBI7788
   
Stolen Bases120
   
Caught Stealing06
   
Walks4053
   
Strikeouts116146
   
Batting Average.258.236
   
On Base Pct.317.307
   
Slugging Pct.436.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.753.729
   
  Nomar Mazara
RF - TEX
Nomar Mazara
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats546492
   
Runs7270
   
Hits145127
   
Singles9284
   
Doubles2821
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs2418
   
RBI8870
   
Stolen Bases217
   
Caught Stealing15
   
Walks4942
   
Strikeouts121126
   
Batting Average.266.258
   
On Base Pct.326.316
   
Slugging Pct.454.431
   
On-base Plus Slugging.780.747
   
  Nomar Mazara
RF - TEX
Nomar Mazara
Ian Desmond
1B,LF - COL
Ian Desmond
News 
 Nomar Mazara went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Athletics.
Brad Camara
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
 Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
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
 Nomar Mazara went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday’s 10-9 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
 Nomar Mazara (oblique) expects to return during the Rangers' upcoming homestand, which runs Sept. 10th through Sept.15th.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 8th
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
 Nomar Mazara's absence from the lineup the last two days is due to linger oblique tightness.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 4th
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 
 Having hit 20 homers in each of his first three MLB seasons, Mazara has yet to validate his high prospect pedigree as an above-average hitter. Drafters paying for upside instead keep receiving a boring compiler with a career .258/.320/.425 slash line. Last year, he needed a career-high 20.0% HR/FB rate on a career-low 26.6% FB rate just to reach his usual 20, half of which he notched in May. All of this points to a steady hand rather than an upside play, but Mazara only turns 24 in April. His upside hasn't expired just yet, but don't overpay for unfulfilled hype.
Andrew Gould - 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
  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
  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