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
75%
Recommended by
42 of 56 experts
25%
Recommended by
14 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 82# 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 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 74# 130
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 71# 92
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 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
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 83# 98
   
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
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 86# 98
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 78# 124
   
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
Going For 2
# 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 exited Saturday's game against the Reds with right hamstring tightness. The Rangers have emphasized that this move was a 'precaution.'
Blaine Blontz
Sat, Jun 15th
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
 Nomar Mazara went 1-for-5 with a single and one RBI on Friday against the Reds.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 15th
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
 Nomar Mazara went 3-for-7 with a home run, two singles, one walk, three RBI, and one run scored through a double header on Saturday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
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
 Nomar Mazara went 1-for-3 with a single, two walks, and one run scored on Tuesday against Baltimore.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 5th
Ian Desmond went hitless in four at bats on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Nomar Mazara went 2-for-5 with two singles and one RBI on Saturday against the Royals.
Kamran Hoda
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 
 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