Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Encarnacion or J.T. Realmuto (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
Expert
Recommendation
86%
Recommended by
48 of 56 experts
14%
Recommended by
8 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 78
Best Rank# 23# 45
Worst Rank# 107# 140
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 46# 113
Best Rank# 38# 100
Worst Rank# 63# 141
   
Projections 
   
Runs7276
Home Runs2230
RBI7693
Stolen Bases52
Batting Average.277.243
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 52# 87
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 50
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 62
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 55# 82
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 72# 74
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 140
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 42# 69
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 27# 51
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 79# 136
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 51# 75
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 61# 89
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 52# 83
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 51# 113
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 29# 84
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 25# 66
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 95
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 64# 100
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 52# 98
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 43# 82
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 53# 77
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 68
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 105
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 45# 102
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 68
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 53# 57
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 43# 80
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 56# 76
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 54# 65
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 35# 54
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 52# 75
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 81
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 41# 76
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 58# 73
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 59# 79
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 50# 74
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 82
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 83# 125
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 40# 65
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 68
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 42# 64
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 47# 79
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 49# 81
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 64# 76
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 48# 94
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 56# 132
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 90
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 56# 87
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 88
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 47# 45
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 75# 48
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 61# 53
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 66# 53
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 107# 55
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 56
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 72# 65
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 85# 67
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats477500
   
Runs7474
   
Hits132123
   
Singles7874
   
Doubles3016
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs2132
   
RBI74107
   
Stolen Bases33
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks3863
   
Strikeouts104132
   
Batting Average.277.246
   
On Base Pct.340.336
   
Slugging Pct.484.474
   
On-base Plus Slugging.825.810
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats497507
   
Runs7276
   
Hits138123
   
Singles8372
   
Doubles2919
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs2230
   
RBI7693
   
Stolen Bases52
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks3769
   
Strikeouts106129
   
Batting Average.277.243
   
On Base Pct.327.334
   
Slugging Pct.479.467
   
On-base Plus Slugging.807.801
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Edwin Encarnacion
1B,DH - NYY
Edwin Encarnacion
News 
 J.T. Realmuto (groin) is starting at catcher and batting fifth in game one of Wednesday's double-header against the Nationals.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Jun 19th
Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 6-3 victory against the Rays on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 19th
 J.T. Realmuto (groin) is once again absent from Philadelphia's lineup on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
Edwin Encarnacion is serving as the team's DH and batting fifth in his debut for the Yankees on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto left Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves one inning after being hit by a foul tip off the bat of Freddie Freeman in the groin. He was replaced at catcher by Andrew Knapp.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
First baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion has been traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Braves. The steal was his third of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Encarnacion was held out of the starting lineup Friday due to a back injury.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jun 15th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks in Saturday's win over the Reds. The homer was his 10th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with two walks, a home run, three RBI, and one run scored against the Twins on Tuesday.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 12th
Notes 
 Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Encarnacion may be getting up there in age, but there are few hitters who have produced consistent power at the rate he has. There is little reason to expect a sudden drop-off but with that said, his RBIs and runs should take a hit with Seattle losing some of their best offensive pieces.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Already last year's top catcher with room to spare, Realmuto's value rises substantially after getting traded to the Phillies. Depending on his spot in the batting order, an upgraded lineup should yield a major rise in runs and/or RBI. He also goes from the worst park for right-handed power to the second-best behind Coors Field, so he could potentially expand upon 2018's career-high 21 homers. A fade before the move, drafters should now take a closer look at Realmuto to avoid the catching cesspool.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
As he embarks upon his age-36 season, Encarnacion is showing some signs of decline. His strikeout rate has crept up over the last three years, while his home run total and batting average have gone in the opposite direction. But this decline shouldn't be overstated -- Encarnacion still topped 30 HRs last year for the seventh straight season, while his 42.4 percent hard contact rate was actually a career high. Most projection systems expect his performance to further decline in 2019, but players do not always decline at a consistent rate. His advancing age makes Encarnacion somewhat of a boom-or-bust pick, but even if he remains on the rebuilding Mariners for the entire season, he should be a good source of home runs and RBIs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Realmuto doesn't possess the pure upside of Gary Sanchez, but he may still be the better pick in fantasy drafts. In moving from Miami to Philadelphia, he gets a massive upgrade in both his home ballpark and supporting cast, setting him up to establish new career highs in the counting stats (HR, RBIs, runs). Realmuto is also a good bet to lead all catchers in plate appearances, thanks to both his durability and the possibility that he sees the occasional start at first base when he isn't behind the plate.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Even in a down year, Encarnacion topped 30 homers for the seventh straight season, a span during which 2014's 98 RBI was the only time he fell short of 100. That bankable power is comforting at his depreciating price, but career worsts in contact (75.7%) and strikeout (22.9%) rate led to his lowest average (.248) since 2010. The durable slugger also missed time with a biceps injury during his age-35 campaign, so don't reach for name recognition. That shouldn't be necessary, as ADPs beyond the top 100 suggest he could fall into your lap.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros