Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Max Muncy (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Recommended by
51 of 58 experts
Recommended by
7 of 58 experts
ECR# 49# 81
Best Rank# 12# 41
Worst Rank# 100# 156
Composite# 65# 110
Best Rank# 58# 101
Worst Rank# 72# 146
Home Runs2828
Stolen Bases33
Batting Average.256.248
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 98
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 80
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 65
Brad Richter
# 47# 80
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 39# 41
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 58
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 74
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 123
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 84
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 76
Beast Dome
# 12# 54
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 156
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 69
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 71
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 76
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 140
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 147
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 101
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 81
Andrew Gould
# 40# 79
Rudy Gamble
# 76# 149
Wayne Bretsky
# 37# 59
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 127
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 87
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 86
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 92
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 62
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 126
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 82
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 61
Bill Dubiel
# 29# 83
Nick Mariano
# 50# 95
Bobby Sylvester
# 56# 103
Justin Mason
# 49# 82
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 64
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 91
Donkey Teeth
# 62# 66
Dan Harris
# 51# 80
Pierre Camus
# 54# 80
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 61
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 92
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 82
Jacob Gibbs
# 55# 79
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 45# 58
Mick Ciallela
# 64# 141
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 58# 63
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 77
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 64
Ariel Cohen
# 70# 96
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 69
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 66
Paul Sporer
# 48# 46
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 64# 47
Site Projections
# 65# 55
Mario Mergola
# 66# 62
Grey Albright
# 78# 52
Andrew Seifter
# 81# 78
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 70
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
2018 Stats 
At Bats564395
Home Runs3635
Stolen Bases43
Caught Stealing10
Batting Average.257.263
On Base Pct.374.391
Slugging Pct.523.582
On-base Plus Slugging.897.973
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
2019 Projections 
At Bats529467
Home Runs2828
Stolen Bases33
Caught Stealing21
Batting Average.256.248
On Base Pct.369.355
Slugging Pct.486.483
On-base Plus Slugging.855.838
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
 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
Max Muncy was out of Sunday's lineup versus the Rockies with a quad injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 22nd
 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
Max Muncy (wrist) has been facing live pitching in Arizona and is on track to return Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 12th
 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
Max Muncy had an MRI Friday afternoon, which revealed a crack in his right wrist. He expects to return to action in 1-2 weeks.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
 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
Max Muncy, who left Wednesday's game versus the Padres, has been diagnosed with a right wrist contusion.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 29th
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Cardinals defeated the Royals 2-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
Max Muncy hit his 33rd homer of the season in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 22nd
 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
Muncy was 2nd in HR-rate among all MLB hitters last season. Granted, he slowed down toward the end of the year and his batting average wasn't ideal, but that type of power certainly warrants a top 100 pick. This is especially the case when he qualifies at second base and third base too.
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
Muncy was a late bloomer, bouncing around the Athletics' and Dodgers' farm systems for six years before breaking out in a big way at 27 years old. In his first extended opportunity in the Big Leagues, Muncy smacked 35 home runs in just 395 at-bats. That was due in part to a 29.4 percent HR/FB ratio that was one of the highest in baseball, but Muncy was also among the league leaders in hard contact rate. Even if his HR/FB rate drops off, he can make up for it with more games played, making him a decent bet to again top 30 home runs. He won't be an asset in batting average or stolen bases, but he is another example of a big-time power source you can acquire relatively cheaply.
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
Muncy had batted .195 with five homers in 245 big league plate appearances prior to 2018, so he naturally towered 35 homers with a .407 wOBA. He endured some troubling strikeout woes late in the season and playoffs, but there are plenty of reasons not to anticipate the bottom falling out entirely. Along with a gorgeous 16.4% walk rate, the late bloomer notched a heavy dosage of fly balls (44.9%, only 5.9% popups) and hard hits (47.4%). Per Statcast, only Joey Gallo served up a higher rate of barrels per batted balls than Muncy's 16.9. He's a solid power pick-and tremendous OBP target-if the rest of the room sees an obvious regression candidate.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros