Who Should I Draft?

J.T. Realmuto or Matt Carpenter (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
ECR# 49# 50
Best Rank# 12# 23
Worst Rank# 100# 107
Composite# 65# 46
Best Rank# 58# 38
Worst Rank# 72# 63
Home Runs2822
Stolen Bases35
Batting Average.256.277
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 52
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 49
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 52
Brad Richter
# 47# 55
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 39# 72
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 60
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 79
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 51
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 61
Beast Dome
# 12# 52
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 53
Andrew Gould
# 40# 41
Wayne Bretsky
# 37# 61
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 61
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 53
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 56
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 72
Paul Sporer
# 48# 81
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 41
Bill Dubiel
# 29# 61
Nick Mariano
# 50# 58
Bobby Sylvester
# 56# 59
Justin Mason
# 49# 50
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 52
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 83
Donkey Teeth
# 62# 85
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 64# 75
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 46
Jacob Gibbs
# 55# 64
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 45# 78
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 87
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 56
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 56
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 46
Ariel Cohen
# 70# 23
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 25
Rudy Gamble
# 76# 27
Site Projections
# 65# 27
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 29
Mario Mergola
# 66# 35
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 36
Dan Harris
# 51# 40
Andrew Seifter
# 81# 42
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 42
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 43
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 43
Pierre Camus
# 54# 44
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 45
Grey Albright
# 78# 47
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 47
Mick Ciallela
# 64# 48
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 49
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 51
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 52
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 54
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 58# 57
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 64
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 66
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 107
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
2018 Stats 
At Bats564477
Home Runs3621
Stolen Bases43
Caught Stealing12
Batting Average.257.277
On Base Pct.374.340
Slugging Pct.523.484
On-base Plus Slugging.897.825
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
2019 Projections 
At Bats529497
Home Runs2822
Stolen Bases35
Caught Stealing22
Batting Average.256.277
On Base Pct.369.327
Slugging Pct.486.479
On-base Plus Slugging.855.807
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-2 with a go-ahead solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 0-for-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Braves. The steal was his ninth of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 19th
 Matt Carpenter did not start Tuesday's game against the Nationals, and went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 18th
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 25th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
 Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with two walks, two singles, an RBI, and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 24th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 11th
 Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored, two RBI, and a walk in Sunday's win over the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Aug 26th
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three RBI in Friday's loss to the Mets. The homer was his 23rd of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Cardinals defeated the Royals 2-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run, and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Reds. The homer was his 22nd of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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