Who Should I Draft?

Anthony Rendon or Matt Carpenter (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
52 of 56 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 50
Best Rank# 19# 12
Worst Rank# 56# 100
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 41# 65
Best Rank# 39# 58
Worst Rank# 45# 72
   
Projections 
   
Runs8797
Home Runs2428
RBI9376
Stolen Bases53
Batting Average.294.256
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 22# 51
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 35
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 36
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 41
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 27# 39
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 50
   
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USA Today
# 22# 46
   
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RotoChamp
# 31# 65
   
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Razzball
# 31# 78
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 83
   
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Brewer Rat
# 56# 68
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 50
   
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The Athletic
# 21# 36
   
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The Athletic
# 30# 65
   
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CBS Sports
# 28# 37
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 30# 59
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 25# 40
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 37# 76
   
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BretskyBall
# 26# 37
   
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The Athletic
# 38# 78
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 47
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 31# 33
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 27# 53
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 23# 47
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 39# 58
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 36
   
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Sporfolio
# 41# 66
   
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Athlon Sports
# 26# 47
   
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FanGraphs
# 19# 48
   
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Pitcher List
# 26# 37
   
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RotoBaller
# 28# 29
   
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RotoBaller
# 26# 50
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 25# 56
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 27# 49
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 51
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 26# 72
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 41# 62
   
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FantasyPros
# 28# 51
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 37# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 29# 81
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 23# 57
   
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Razzball
# 29# 64
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 28# 61
   
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SportsLine
# 26# 55
   
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Fantrax
# 32# 64
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 27# 39
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 29# 70
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 38
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 26# 24
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 33# 26
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 42# 12
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 52# 47
   
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats529564
   
Runs88111
   
Hits163145
   
Singles9367
   
Doubles4442
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs2436
   
RBI9281
   
Stolen Bases24
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks55102
   
Strikeouts82158
   
Batting Average.308.257
   
On Base Pct.374.374
   
Slugging Pct.535.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.909.897
   
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats544529
   
Runs8797
   
Hits160135
   
Singles9571
   
Doubles4035
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs2428
   
RBI9376
   
Stolen Bases53
   
Caught Stealing22
   
Walks6595
   
Strikeouts90140
   
Batting Average.294.256
   
On Base Pct.370.369
   
Slugging Pct.506.486
   
On-base Plus Slugging.876.855
   
  Anthony Rendon
3B - WSH
Anthony Rendon
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
News 
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 17th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 21st
Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks. The homer was his 16th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 17th
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday against the Mets.
Dan Harris
Fri, Jun 14th
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBIs in Friday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The homer was his 15th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Carpenter is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a walk, two home runs, and three RBIs in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. The homers were his 13th and 14th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 12th
Carpenter was pulled in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds; he was replaced at third base by Jedd Gyorko.
James Bisson
Thu, Jun 6th
 Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Sunday's win over the San Diego Padres. The homer was his 12th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 10th
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, solo home run in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, May 30th
Notes 
 Every single season, fantasy owners draft Rendon in the fourth or fifth round and every single year he outproduces that draft value. 2018 was no different, as he hit .308 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored in just 136 games. Don't make the mistake of letting him slip by you in the fourth again this season
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Over the last five years, Carpenter has a remarkable 468 walks, which obviously has contributed to his 483 runs. In that time, his power has steadily improved, all the way to 36 homers last year, and while that total may not be repeatable, 30 homers with 100 runs makes him well worth a sixth round pick in 2019 fantasy leagues
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Rendon was the only third baseman to hit over .300 last season, and one of four third baseman to accomplish that feat in 2017. He's as good a bet for batting average as it gets at the position, and is also fully capable of delivering 25 home runs with good run and RBI totals. His stolen base totals have evaporated over the last couple years, but that shouldn't prevent him from again being a top-40 overall hitter in standard roto and categories leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Carpenter blew away his previous career high by hitting 36 home runs in 2018, but that was fueled by a 19.1 percent HR/FB rate that was far higher than he's ever had before. To be fair, he did have the highest hard contact rate in MLB, so it's not like the home run spike was a total fluke, but fantasy owners should generally be cautious when a player has an outlier season this late in their career. The odds are against Carpenter hitting 35+ home runs again, and while he regularly produces an excellent OBP, he is a bit of a drag in batting average and has little speed to speak of. He's a much better pick in points leagues and leagues that reward OBP than he is in traditional 5x5 roto/categories leagues, where he could be overvalued.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Diminishing speed and non-elite power make Rendon boring, but he's still a tremendous hitter who has batted above .300 and slugged over .500 in each of the last two seasons. After missing time with a bruised toe earlier in 2018, he posted a .391 wOBA (a mark matched by Jose Ramirez and Nolan Arenado all season) since the start of June. Stealing twice in three tries is a major bummer, but don't underestimate the worth of a .300, 25-homer hitter who could offer 90-100 runs and RBI apiece in the heart of Washington's lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Despite entering the season with health woes and batting .155 in April, Carpenter then went scorched earth to hit .257/.374/.523 with a career-high 36 homers. It's dicey to bet on a 33-year-old coming off a career year, but he simply punishes baseball too severely to discredit. He led qualified hitters in hard-hit rate (49.0%) with the fifth-highest fly-ball rate (46.9%) and fourth-lowest popup rate (2.1%). Given his elite blend of hitting the ball hard, high, and far, Statcast's .535 XSLG and .386 xwOBA even offer room for growth. Expect more elite power in 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros