Who Should I Draft?

Joey Votto or Matt Carpenter (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Recommended by
49 of 59 experts
Recommended by
10 of 59 experts
ECR# 36# 49
Best Rank# 22# 12
Worst Rank# 85# 100
Composite# 52# 65
Best Rank# 46# 58
Worst Rank# 67# 72
Home Runs2228
Stolen Bases43
Batting Average.292.256
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 49# 51
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 36
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 28
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 34# 39
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 50
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 46
Site Projections
# 39# 65
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 51# 83
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 28# 68
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 39# 50
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 44# 65
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 36# 37
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 70
Fantasy Team Advice
# 49# 71
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 47# 100
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 48# 59
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 48
Andrew Gould
# 38# 40
Rudy Gamble
# 74# 76
Wayne Bretsky
# 32# 37
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 54# 78
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 47
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 51# 53
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 41# 47
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 58
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 36
Mario Mergola
# 22# 66
Paul Sporer
# 29# 48
Nick Mariano
# 43# 50
Bobby Sylvester
# 40# 56
Justin Mason
# 30# 49
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 51
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 53# 72
Donkey Teeth
# 42# 62
Dan Harris
# 34# 51
Pierre Camus
# 48# 54
Andrew Seifter
# 36# 81
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 57
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 60# 64
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 36# 61
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 42
Jacob Gibbs
# 31# 55
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 28# 45
Mick Ciallela
# 39# 64
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 41# 58
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 32# 38
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 32# 39
Ariel Cohen
# 44# 70
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 38
Bill Dubiel
# 33# 29
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 35# 33
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 35# 26
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 35
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 41# 36
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 45# 37
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 51# 24
Brad Richter
# 56# 47
Beast Dome
# 77# 12
Grey Albright
# 85# 78
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2018 Stats 
At Bats503564
Home Runs1236
Stolen Bases24
Caught Stealing01
Batting Average.284.257
On Base Pct.417.374
Slugging Pct.420.523
On-base Plus Slugging.837.897
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2019 Projections 
At Bats522529
Home Runs2228
Stolen Bases43
Caught Stealing12
Batting Average.292.256
On Base Pct.413.369
Slugging Pct.482.486
On-base Plus Slugging.895.855
  Joey Votto
1B - CIN
Joey Votto
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
 Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday against Arizona.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 29th
 Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base in Thursday’s 11-5 win over the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's loss to the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 28th
 Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI double, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
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
 Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' game two loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
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
 Joey Votto (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Marlins. He batted second and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
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
 Votto did not return second round value or even close to it last year, but his ADP should be around the fifth this year. You can expect his batting average to bounceback above .300, and don't forget that he had 94 HRs in the previous three years before his 12 in 2018
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
 Votto enters 2019 as one of the bigger mysteries in fantasy baseball, following a season in which he hit just 12 HRs in 145 games and produced a .284 batting average that was 27 points lower than his career .311 mark. Was this an issue of mechanics, injuries, or simply advancing age? Votto believes it was a mechanical issue with his swing that he can fix, but only time will tell. Even in a down year, his prodigious plate discipline remained in tact, so he is sure to remain a major asset in OBP leagues. He's a little riskier in standard 5x5 formats, but first base is shallow and he should bounce back enough to at least remain a decent starter in 12-team leagues. The Miguel Cabrera career path feels like a worst case scenario, and that isn't too bad.
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
 Votto, now 35 years old, hit 12 homers last year after clubbing 36 in 2017. At least he maintained his stellar plate approach, tallying more walks (108) than strikeouts (101) while lacing MLB's second-highest line-drive rate (31.4%) behind Freddie Freeman. While still a commendable performer in OBP and points leagues, he'll need a power uptick to justify an early investment in roto and H2H category formats. A modest rise in last year's career-low 9.5% HR/FB rate should at least steer him closer to his .477 xSLG with 20-25 homers. That would make him a worthy bounce-back pick if paired with anything near his career .311 batting average.
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