Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Dee Gordon (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Dee Gordon
Dee Gordon
Recommended by
49 of 56 experts
Recommended by
7 of 56 experts
ECR# 50# 77
Best Rank# 12# 47
Worst Rank# 100# 160
Composite# 65# 101
Best Rank# 58# 76
Worst Rank# 72# 107
Home Runs284
Stolen Bases337
Batting Average.256.280
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 80
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 75
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 64
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 47# 83
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 39# 88
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 70
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 77
Site Projections
# 65# 66
Grey Albright
# 78# 103
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 105
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 77
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 77
Beast Dome
# 12# 73
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 47
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 60
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 72
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 82
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 87
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 80
Andrew Gould
# 40# 72
Rudy Gamble
# 76# 85
Wayne Bretsky
# 37# 74
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 87
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 88
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 87
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 74
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 109
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 79
Mario Mergola
# 66# 160
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 47# 77
Paul Sporer
# 48# 75
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 85
Bill Dubiel
# 29# 71
Nick Mariano
# 50# 82
Bobby Sylvester
# 56# 72
Justin Mason
# 49# 72
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 84
Dan Harris
# 51# 75
Pierre Camus
# 54# 91
Andrew Seifter
# 81# 84
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 94
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 64# 73
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 84
Jacob Gibbs
# 55# 74
Mick Ciallela
# 64# 82
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 81
Ariel Cohen
# 70# 101
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 71
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 75
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 48
Donkey Teeth
# 62# 56
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 62
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 66
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 68
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 78
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 71
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Dee Gordon
Dee Gordon
2018 Stats 
At Bats564556
Home Runs364
Stolen Bases430
Caught Stealing112
Batting Average.257.268
On Base Pct.374.288
Slugging Pct.523.349
On-base Plus Slugging.897.637
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Dee Gordon
Dee Gordon
2019 Projections 
At Bats529571
Home Runs284
Stolen Bases337
Caught Stealing212
Batting Average.256.280
On Base Pct.369.303
Slugging Pct.486.358
On-base Plus Slugging.855.661
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Dee Gordon
Dee Gordon
 Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with two singles, one RBI, and one run scored on Sunday against Baltimore.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 24th
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday against the Mets.
Dan Harris
Fri, Jun 14th
Dee Gordon went 1-for-3 with a walk, double, one RBI, and one run scored on Friday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 15th
 Carpenter is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
The Mariners activated Dee Gordon (wrist) from the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
 Carpenter was pulled in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds; he was replaced at third base by Jedd Gyorko.
James Bisson
Thu, Jun 6th
Dee Gordon has resumed baseball activity and could rejoin the team after playing in a couple rehab games later this week, according to Mariners manager Scott Servais.
Andrew Seifter
Mon, Jun 3rd
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, solo home run in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, May 30th
The Mariners have placed Dee Gordon on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist contusion.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 21st
 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
Gordon is going to absolutely destroy you in two categories and his batting average isn't anything to write home about. With that said, the potential of 60 stolen bases makes him worth the price of admission toward the middle of drafts.
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
Gordon averaged around 60 steals per season from 2014-2017, but that number plummeted to 30 steals in 141 games last season. The .268 batting average he produced last season is probably due for some positive correction into the .280 range, but Gordon is a major drag in the HR and RBI categories, so he'll need to get his stolen base total back up into the 50-60 range to be worth deploying in standard 5x5 leagues of 12 teams or fewer. It's tough to say whether that will happen as Gordon approaches 31 years old, so he's a boom-or-bust selection if he goes in the single digit rounds of fantasy drafts.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Gordon is great at running, but not quite as good at reaching base. Despite the complete lack of power, his profile was palatable when consisting of a high average, plethora of runs, and 60 steals. Last season, however, he batted .268 with 62 runs and 30 steals. He was caught stealing (12) more times than he walked (nine), and the 30-year-old can't afford as many misfires with a .288 OBP. His Statcast speed score (29.0) didn't drop much from 2017 (29.0), so it's possible he bounces back to 40-45 steals if a few more dribbles roll his way. It's probably not worth the risk unless desperate for speed.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros