Who Should I Draft?

Travis Shaw or Ian Desmond (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
Recommended by
59 of 59 experts
Recommended by
0 of 59 experts
ECR# 62# 93
Best Rank# 44# 77
Worst Rank# 121# 162
Composite# 97# 147
Best Rank# 86# 137
Worst Rank# 107# 165
Home Runs2918
Stolen Bases617
Batting Average.255.258
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 77# 130
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 64# 79
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 78# 92
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 68# 84
Brad Richter
# 46# 89
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 60# 103
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 68# 82
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 70# 100
Site Projections
# 78# 89
Grey Albright
# 50# 95
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 48# 90
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 72# 152
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 76# 91
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 66# 112
Beast Dome
# 58# 79
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 67# 139
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 58# 104
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 44# 152
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 71# 91
Fantasy Team Advice
# 65# 77
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 121
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 73# 86
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 69# 99
Andrew Gould
# 62# 92
Rudy Gamble
# 88# 93
Wayne Bretsky
# 117# 130
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 76# 92
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 62# 94
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 65# 83
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 78# 90
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 46# 94
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 50# 78
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 61# 103
Mario Mergola
# 56# 162
Paul Sporer
# 56# 91
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 60# 96
Bill Dubiel
# 68# 92
Nick Mariano
# 76# 92
Bobby Sylvester
# 45# 126
Justin Mason
# 51# 93
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 69# 93
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 64# 109
Donkey Teeth
# 71# 80
Dan Harris
# 52# 97
Pierre Camus
# 73# 123
Andrew Seifter
# 69# 102
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 58# 119
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 56# 96
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 65# 100
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 70# 87
Jacob Gibbs
# 60# 98
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 56# 94
Mick Ciallela
# 83# 124
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 62# 109
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 60# 125
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 73# 140
Ariel Cohen
# 62# 94
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 57# 101
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 109
  Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
2018 Stats 
At Bats498555
Home Runs3222
Stolen Bases520
Caught Stealing26
Batting Average.241.236
On Base Pct.345.307
Slugging Pct.480.422
On-base Plus Slugging.825.729
  Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
2019 Projections 
At Bats519492
Home Runs2918
Stolen Bases617
Caught Stealing25
Batting Average.255.258
On Base Pct.338.316
Slugging Pct.479.431
On-base Plus Slugging.817.747
  Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond
 Travis Shaw went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Padres.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 16th
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
 Travis Shaw will be recalled from Triple-A San Antonio.
Brad Camara
Thu, Jul 25th
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
 Travis Shaw went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Brewers' 7-5 win over the Reds on Sunday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 23rd
Ian Desmond went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks in Wednesday's win against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Falconieri
Fri, Aug 16th
 Travis Shaw went 1-for-4 with a single in the Brewers' 7-1 loss to the Reds on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 21st
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
 Travis Shaw went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Brewers' 10-8 loss to the Astros on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 12th
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
 Shaw has back to back seasons with 30 homers, and while his batting average may linger in the .240's again, that type of power is difficult to come by after pick 100, especially for someone who qualifies as a second basemen in most leagues.
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
 Shaw and Mike Moustakas are similar players who will now share an infield in Milwaukee, with Moustakas currently penciled in at second base after Shaw moved over there from third last year. Regardless of where they line up defensively, Shaw and Moustakas are both lefty sluggers who are good bets to deliver 30+ home runs and 90+ RBIs in the Miller Park bandbox. Neither is likely to be of much help in batting average or stolen bases, but they are useful players to own, especially considering they will have multi-position eligibility.
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
 Shaw followed 2017's 31-homer breakout with one more last year, but his 10 steals sliced in half while his average slithered from .273 to .241. That's a peculiar drop considering he also set career bests in walk (13.3%) and strikeout (18.4%) rates with a rise in barrels per batted balls (10.3%). Last year was the time to pass, but drafters should jump back in now that Shaw comes at a cheaper price with second-base eligibility.
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