Who Should I Draft?

Kris Bryant or Matt Carpenter (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Recommended by
57 of 59 experts
Recommended by
2 of 59 experts
ECR# 22# 49
Best Rank# 6# 12
Worst Rank# 37# 100
Composite# 33# 65
Best Rank# 26# 58
Worst Rank# 34# 72
Home Runs2828
Stolen Bases63
Batting Average.281.256
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 18# 51
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 35
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 36
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 26
Brad Richter
# 14# 47
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 9# 39
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 50
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 20# 46
Site Projections
# 32# 65
Grey Albright
# 23# 78
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 17# 83
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 26# 68
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 23# 50
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 27# 36
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 22# 65
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 31# 37
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 70
Fantasy Team Advice
# 29# 71
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 7# 100
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 28# 59
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 23# 48
Andrew Gould
# 21# 40
Rudy Gamble
# 28# 76
Wayne Bretsky
# 6# 37
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 31# 78
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 47
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 26# 33
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 23# 53
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 21# 47
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 21# 58
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 13# 36
Mario Mergola
# 16# 66
Paul Sporer
# 27# 48
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 22# 37
Bill Dubiel
# 23# 29
Nick Mariano
# 20# 50
Bobby Sylvester
# 26# 56
Justin Mason
# 29# 49
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 51
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 28# 72
Donkey Teeth
# 35# 62
Dan Harris
# 20# 51
Pierre Camus
# 18# 54
Andrew Seifter
# 17# 81
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 57
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 20# 64
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 13# 61
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 42
Jacob Gibbs
# 20# 55
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 21# 45
Mick Ciallela
# 21# 64
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 29# 58
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 28# 38
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 22# 39
Ariel Cohen
# 33# 70
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 21# 24
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 38
Beast Dome
# 21# 12
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 37# 26
  Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2018 Stats 
At Bats389564
Home Runs1336
Stolen Bases24
Caught Stealing41
Batting Average.273.257
On Base Pct.374.374
Slugging Pct.460.523
On-base Plus Slugging.834.897
  Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2019 Projections 
At Bats552529
Home Runs2828
Stolen Bases63
Caught Stealing42
Batting Average.281.256
On Base Pct.369.369
Slugging Pct.510.486
On-base Plus Slugging.879.855
  Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
 Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI Sunday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
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
 Kris Bryant went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and four RBI in Saturday's win over the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
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
 Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 11th
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Cardinals defeated the Royals 2-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
 Kris Bryant (knee) has been scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to knee soreness.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 3rd
Matt Carpenter (foot) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 4th
 Kris Bryant went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Monday's win over the Mariners.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
Matt Carpenter was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right foot contusion Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jul 16th
 Bryant missed 60 games last year and had his least efficient season of his career by quite a bit. There is some risk in drafting Bryant in the 3rd round, but he also comes with 40 homer upside, a batting average near .300 and both 100+ runs and RBIs
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
 Bryant appeared to be on the verge of establishing himself as a perennial first round fantasy pick following his MVP 2016 season. Then his home run total dropped from 39 to 29 in 2017, but it seemed like an outlier as his production remained otherwise excellent. But the bottom really fell out last season, as Bryant struggled through a shoulder injury while producing a paltry 13 homers over 102 games. Bryant's strikeout rate grew and his hard contact rate declined, but he simply wasn't healthy -- he was actually off to a strong start before suffering the injury in mid-May. Bryant has pronounced himself fully healthy, and the fact the injury was a bone bruise rather than ligament damage is reason to believe he can make a full recovery. It wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see him rocket back into the first round of fantasy drafts by this time next 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
 Everyone kept waiting for Bryant to turn the corner last season. They're still waiting. He hit a pedestrian .272/.374/.460 and continued a concerning power slide with 13 homers. The former MVP, who is only 27, was dealing with a shoulder injury. He could easily bounce back and deliver near first-round value, but drafters won't receive much of a discount at his third-round going rate. It's a fair price given his batting average and power upside, but the lack of speed and health certainty makes him far from a lock.
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