Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Gary Sanchez (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Gary Sanchez
Gary Sanchez
Recommended by
36 of 56 experts
Recommended by
20 of 56 experts
ECR# 50# 54
Best Rank# 12# 25
Worst Rank# 100# 116
Composite# 65# 51
Best Rank# 58# 47
Worst Rank# 72# 74
Home Runs2830
Stolen Bases32
Batting Average.256.247
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 60
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 51
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 55
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 47# 70
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 39# 68
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 96
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 54
Grey Albright
# 78# 80
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 54
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 65
Beast Dome
# 12# 56
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 28
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 85
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 54
Andrew Gould
# 40# 58
Wayne Bretsky
# 37# 91
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 57
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 60
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 63
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 91
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 76
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 47# 56
Paul Sporer
# 48# 88
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 50
Bill Dubiel
# 29# 59
Nick Mariano
# 50# 63
Bobby Sylvester
# 56# 90
Justin Mason
# 49# 54
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 60
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 89
Pierre Camus
# 54# 56
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 64# 77
Jacob Gibbs
# 55# 56
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 63
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 63
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 57
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 35
Dan Harris
# 51# 48
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 48
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 52
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 46
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 54
Donkey Teeth
# 62# 49
Mick Ciallela
# 64# 57
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 46
Site Projections
# 65# 33
Mario Mergola
# 66# 32
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 43
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 29
Ariel Cohen
# 70# 39
Rudy Gamble
# 76# 25
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 48
Andrew Seifter
# 81# 52
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 59
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 57
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 116
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Gary Sanchez
Gary Sanchez
2018 Stats 
At Bats564323
Home Runs3618
Stolen Bases41
Caught Stealing10
Batting Average.257.186
On Base Pct.374.291
Slugging Pct.523.406
On-base Plus Slugging.897.697
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Gary Sanchez
Gary Sanchez
2019 Projections 
At Bats529453
Home Runs2830
Stolen Bases32
Caught Stealing21
Batting Average.256.247
On Base Pct.369.319
Slugging Pct.486.493
On-base Plus Slugging.855.812
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Gary Sanchez
Gary Sanchez
 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
Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run Friday as the Yankees beat the Astros.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday against the Mets.
Dan Harris
Fri, Jun 14th
Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and also doubled as the Yankees beat the Rays by a 12-1 score on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 19th
 Carpenter is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday in the win against the White Sox.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 16th
 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
Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Yankees beat the Mets 12-5 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
 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
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 on Sunday as the Yankees beat the Indians in 10 innings by a 7-6 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
 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
How why are you willing to take a guy who batted .186 last season? Turns out the answer is pretty high for Sanchez, who's challenging J.T. Realmuto as the top catcher off the board. He did, after all, hit .284/.354/.568 in 754 prior MLB plate appearances. A groin injury also hampered his production, and he additionally underwent offseason shoulder surgery. He struggled mightily against breaking balls, but actually deposited more walks without significant contact declines. The average could easily rise back to .250 with around 30 long balls, but is that enough to justify an investment around pick 60? Catcher is worse than usual, but that's still too steep in one-catcher formats.
Andrew Gould - 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
Sanchez flashed his sky-high fantasy upside in 2017, when he hit .278 with 33 HRs and 90 RBIs -- truly difference-making numbers at fantasy baseball's weakest position. But he displayed his risky floor in 2018, as he hit just .186 and played in only 89 games due to nagging groin and shoulder injuries. Sanchez is due for a good bit of positive batting average regression following last year's anemic .197 BABIP, and there is little doubt he can again top 30 home runs if he remains healthy. He is certainly a risk/reward option, but he's easily a top-two fantasy catcher heading into 2019 and could be a decent value in drafts coming off a down year.
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
There is no getting past the fact that Sanchez was a train wreck last season., batting .186 with only 18 homers. With that said, he is still just 26 years old and we are talking about the fastest player to ever reach 50 homers in the MLB. Chance are high that he will bounce back in the batting average department, and if he can stay healthy, bank on 25 to 40 homers making him well worth a 7th or 8th round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros