Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Justin Turner (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Justin Turner
3B - LAD
Justin Turner
Recommended by
42 of 59 experts
Recommended by
17 of 59 experts
ECR# 49# 57
Best Rank# 12# 36
Worst Rank# 100# 131
Composite# 65# 88
Best Rank# 58# 83
Worst Rank# 72# 115
Home Runs2820
Stolen Bases34
Batting Average.256.296
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 62
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 77
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 87
Brad Richter
# 47# 49
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 39# 52
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 52
Site Projections
# 65# 72
Grey Albright
# 78# 84
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 72
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 38
Beast Dome
# 12# 80
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 52
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 54
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 80
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 131
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 63
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 57
Andrew Gould
# 40# 56
Wayne Bretsky
# 37# 57
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 56
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 40
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 72
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 50
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 53
Paul Sporer
# 48# 58
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 62
Bill Dubiel
# 29# 52
Bobby Sylvester
# 56# 73
Justin Mason
# 49# 62
Donkey Teeth
# 62# 79
Dan Harris
# 51# 60
Pierre Camus
# 54# 83
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 63
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 64# 74
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 63
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 59
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 45# 64
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 58# 61
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 59
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 41
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 59
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 54
Nick Mariano
# 50# 44
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 36
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 43
Jacob Gibbs
# 55# 53
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 53
Mick Ciallela
# 64# 51
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 54
Mario Mergola
# 66# 49
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 58
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 48
Ariel Cohen
# 70# 56
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 48
Rudy Gamble
# 76# 67
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 67
Andrew Seifter
# 81# 48
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 73
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 81
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Justin Turner
3B - LAD
Justin Turner
2018 Stats 
At Bats564365
Home Runs3614
Stolen Bases42
Caught Stealing11
Batting Average.257.312
On Base Pct.374.406
Slugging Pct.523.518
On-base Plus Slugging.897.924
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Justin Turner
3B - LAD
Justin Turner
2019 Projections 
At Bats529504
Home Runs2820
Stolen Bases34
Caught Stealing21
Batting Average.256.296
On Base Pct.369.368
Slugging Pct.486.490
On-base Plus Slugging.855.857
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Justin Turner
3B - LAD
Justin Turner
 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
X-rays on Justin Turner's injured ankle came back negative.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 11th
 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
Justin Turner (ankle) has been scratched from Tuesday’s lineup versus the Orioles.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 10th
 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
Justin Turner did not play on Sunday as he was dealing with a sore ankle.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
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
Justin Turner hit his 27th homer of the year in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 4th
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Cardinals defeated the Royals 2-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
 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
Turner has played more than 130 games just once in his eight-year career, but he's been consistently excellent when he's on the field. If you pro-rate his stats over a full season, you are typically looking at 25 home runs and 90 RBIs. Most importantly, with a batting average of at least .312 in three of the last five seasons, Turner is on the very short list of players who are capable of winning the batting title. His value gets a big boost in leagues with daily lineups and/or multiple DL spots -- he is highly underrated in those formats.
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
An underrated stud when healthy, Turner has touted a higher wRC+ (141) than Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton, Nolan Arenado, and Manny Machado in the past three seasons. He has hit .300/.383/.512 over that time frame, but the games played (150, 130, 103) keeps trending downward. A mere return to 130 would make him a steal beyond the top-100 picks, especially in a shallower league where investors have an easier time filling in the injury gaps on the waiver wire.
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
Batting average is difficult to come by after the first four or five rounds, but then there is Turner, who over the last five seasons, has racked up a .305 batting average which beats out plays like Trout, Yelich and Freeman. There isn't a ton in the way of homers or steals, but he won't hurt you in any category unless he deals with yet another injury. For that reason, he is a bit risky.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros