Who Should I Draft?

Jose Abreu or Matt Carpenter (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Recommended by
39 of 59 experts
Recommended by
20 of 59 experts
ECR# 41# 49
Best Rank# 30# 12
Worst Rank# 67# 100
Composite# 74# 65
Best Rank# 52# 58
Worst Rank# 82# 72
Home Runs2728
Stolen Bases23
Batting Average.284.256
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 30# 51
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 33
Brad Richter
# 42# 47
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 50
Site Projections
# 63# 65
Grey Albright
# 46# 78
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 32# 83
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 38# 68
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 46# 50
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 43# 65
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 54# 70
Fantasy Team Advice
# 46# 71
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 67# 100
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 39# 59
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 48
Rudy Gamble
# 42# 76
Wayne Bretsky
# 35# 37
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 57# 78
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 47
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 42# 53
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 35# 47
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 38# 58
Mario Mergola
# 46# 66
Bobby Sylvester
# 43# 56
Justin Mason
# 39# 49
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 72
Donkey Teeth
# 43# 62
Dan Harris
# 41# 51
Pierre Camus
# 39# 54
Andrew Seifter
# 40# 81
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 34# 57
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 42# 64
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 43# 61
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 42
Jacob Gibbs
# 39# 55
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 36# 45
Mick Ciallela
# 58# 64
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 52# 58
Ariel Cohen
# 49# 70
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 36# 26
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 35
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 36
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 39# 37
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 40# 24
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 40# 39
Beast Dome
# 41# 12
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 43# 36
Andrew Gould
# 46# 40
Bill Dubiel
# 47# 29
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 47# 38
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 50# 46
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 51# 39
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 51# 33
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 51# 38
Nick Mariano
# 53# 50
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 53# 51
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 53# 36
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 56# 37
Paul Sporer
# 48
  Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2018 Stats 
At Bats499564
Home Runs2236
Stolen Bases24
Caught Stealing01
Batting Average.265.257
On Base Pct.326.374
Slugging Pct.473.523
On-base Plus Slugging.798.897
  Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2019 Projections 
At Bats564529
Home Runs2728
Stolen Bases23
Caught Stealing12
Batting Average.284.256
On Base Pct.331.369
Slugging Pct.497.486
On-base Plus Slugging.828.855
  Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
 Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 0-for-4 in a 3-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 19th
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
 Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs in a 9-7 win over the Mariners on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 14th
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
 Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer in an 8-6 loss to the Royals on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
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
 Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and three walks in a 5-1 win over the Angels on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 9th
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
 Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 1-for-1 with a homer and four RBI in an 8-7 loss to the Angels on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 8th
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Cardinals defeated the Royals 2-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
 Since Abreu joined the league, he is fifth in the majors with 288 RBIs and #1 among that group with a .295 batting average. As you know, he provides plenty of homers and runs as well. It may not feel interesting to draft Abreu, but with first base more shallow than years past, he is an excellent 6th round pick
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
 Abreu had the worst season of his career in 2018, but that was largely due to a low BABIP and a couple unusual injuries (a testicular torsion issue and thigh infection) that together cost him about 30 games of action. Abreu's batted ball indicators remained right in line with past seasons, so he should be expected to rebound to his typical .290-30-100 level of production. He's a great pick if you can get him at a discount, particularly considering the lack of dependable options at first base this year.
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
 The always reliable Abreu fell short of a .290 batting average (.265) and 100 RBI (78) for the first time in his five-year MLB tenure. Just as he was kicking into high gear in August (.338/.380/.676), a thigh injury ended his season early. His .294 BABIP plummeted below his .329 career norm without any accompanying dips in contact and strikeouts, so it's easy envisioning an average rebound to at least .280. Although he may not return to 30 homers, he shouldn't miss by much if healthy. This could be a chance to buy a steady producer at a discount.
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