Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Edwin Encarnacion (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion
Recommended by
51 of 59 experts
Recommended by
8 of 59 experts
ECR# 49# 77
Best Rank# 12# 45
Worst Rank# 100# 140
Composite# 65# 113
Best Rank# 58# 100
Worst Rank# 72# 141
Home Runs2830
Stolen Bases32
Batting Average.256.243
Injury Alert-DTD
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 87
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 50
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 62
Brad Richter
# 47# 82
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 39# 74
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 140
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 69
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 136
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 75
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 89
Beast Dome
# 12# 83
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 113
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 84
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 66
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 95
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 100
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 82
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 77
Andrew Gould
# 40# 68
Rudy Gamble
# 76# 105
Wayne Bretsky
# 37# 56
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 102
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 68
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 57
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 80
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 76
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 65
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 65
Paul Sporer
# 48
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 76
Bill Dubiel
# 29# 53
Nick Mariano
# 50# 73
Bobby Sylvester
# 56# 79
Justin Mason
# 49# 74
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 82
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 125
Donkey Teeth
# 62# 67
Dan Harris
# 51# 65
Pierre Camus
# 54# 68
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 79
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 81
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 56
Jacob Gibbs
# 55# 76
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 45# 48
Mick Ciallela
# 64# 94
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 58# 60
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 62
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 132
Ariel Cohen
# 70# 90
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 87
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 88
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 64# 48
Site Projections
# 65# 51
Mario Mergola
# 66# 54
Grey Albright
# 78# 45
Andrew Seifter
# 81# 64
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 53
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 98
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 55
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion
2018 Stats 
At Bats564500
Home Runs3632
Stolen Bases43
Caught Stealing10
Batting Average.257.246
On Base Pct.374.336
Slugging Pct.523.474
On-base Plus Slugging.897.810
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion
2019 Projections 
At Bats529507
Home Runs2830
Stolen Bases32
Caught Stealing20
Batting Average.256.243
On Base Pct.369.334
Slugging Pct.486.467
On-base Plus Slugging.855.801
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion
 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
Edwin Encarnacion (oblique) expects to return before the end of the regular season, though he's yet to resume swinging a bat, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
John Aubin
Tue, Sep 17th
 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
Edwin Encarnacion was diagnosed with a minor internal oblique strain Friday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
John Aubin
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
Edwin Encarnacion (oblique) is not in the lineup for Friday's game in Toronto.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 13th
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Cardinals defeated the Royals 2-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
Edwin Encarnacion was removed from Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Tigers with a strained oblique.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
 Matt Carpenter (foot) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 4th
Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Tigers with an apparent wrist injury.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
 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
Encarnacion may be getting up there in age, but there are few hitters who have produced consistent power at the rate he has. There is little reason to expect a sudden drop-off but with that said, his RBIs and runs should take a hit with Seattle losing some of their best offensive pieces.
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
As he embarks upon his age-36 season, Encarnacion is showing some signs of decline. His strikeout rate has crept up over the last three years, while his home run total and batting average have gone in the opposite direction. But this decline shouldn't be overstated -- Encarnacion still topped 30 HRs last year for the seventh straight season, while his 42.4 percent hard contact rate was actually a career high. Most projection systems expect his performance to further decline in 2019, but players do not always decline at a consistent rate. His advancing age makes Encarnacion somewhat of a boom-or-bust pick, but even if he remains on the rebuilding Mariners for the entire season, he should be a good source of home runs and RBIs.
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
Even in a down year, Encarnacion topped 30 homers for the seventh straight season, a span during which 2014's 98 RBI was the only time he fell short of 100. That bankable power is comforting at his depreciating price, but career worsts in contact (75.7%) and strikeout (22.9%) rate led to his lowest average (.248) since 2010. The durable slugger also missed time with a biceps injury during his age-35 campaign, so don't reach for name recognition. That shouldn't be necessary, as ADPs beyond the top 100 suggest he could fall into your lap.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros