Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Robinson Cano (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Robinson Cano
2B - NYM
Robinson Cano
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
45 of 59 experts
24%
Recommended by
14 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 70
Best Rank# 12# 41
Worst Rank# 100# 106
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 65# 104
Best Rank# 58# 88
Worst Rank# 72# 130
   
Projections 
   
Runs9774
Home Runs2821
RBI7682
Stolen Bases31
Batting Average.256.283
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 55
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 71
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 75
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 47# 75
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 39# 69
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 103
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 71
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 68
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 72
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 12# 70
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 66
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 74
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 86
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 101
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 85
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 66
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 40# 71
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 76# 106
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 37# 68
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 75
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 68
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 81
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 74
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 78
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 48# 63
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 69
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 29# 69
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 50# 67
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 49# 77
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 79
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 85
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 62# 82
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 51# 76
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 54# 74
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 64# 90
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 69
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 68
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 55# 68
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 45# 68
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 64# 73
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 58# 67
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 61
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 58
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 74
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 73
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 56# 49
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 50
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 57
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 55
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 65# 60
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 66# 48
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 41
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 70# 66
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 78# 76
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 58
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 81# 63
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 74
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 82
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 76
   
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Robinson Cano
2B - NYM
Robinson Cano
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats564310
   
Runs11144
   
Hits14594
   
Singles6762
   
Doubles4222
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs3610
   
RBI8150
   
Stolen Bases40
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks10232
   
Strikeouts15847
   
Batting Average.257.303
   
On Base Pct.374.374
   
Slugging Pct.523.471
   
On-base Plus Slugging.897.845
   
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Robinson Cano
2B - NYM
Robinson Cano
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats529538
   
Runs9774
   
Hits135152
   
Singles7199
   
Doubles3530
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs2821
   
RBI7682
   
Stolen Bases31
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks9548
   
Strikeouts14080
   
Batting Average.256.283
   
On Base Pct.369.341
   
Slugging Pct.486.459
   
On-base Plus Slugging.855.801
   
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Robinson Cano
2B - NYM
Robinson Cano
News 
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 29th
Mets second baseman Robinson Cano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks. The homer was his 13th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
 Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's loss to the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 28th
Robinson Cano (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 3rd
 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
Robinson Cano (hamstring) took early batting practice Wednesday and will do some running Thursday if he feels good.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 21st
 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
Robinson Cano is dealing with a torn left hamstring.
Brad Camara
Mon, Aug 5th
 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
Robinson Cano (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.
Brad Camara
Mon, Aug 5th
Notes 
 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
Cano isn't nearly the player he once was, but he's proven over the last several seasons that he is still fully capable of hitting 20-25 HRs with a batting average north of .280. He is 36 years old and coming off of a PED suspension, so the risk for a collapse exists, but it's worth noting that he was actually better following the suspension last season. The move from Seattle to the Mets should be fairly neutral in terms of both ballpark and lineup.
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
Cano may be old, but he has not shown any signs of slowing down. In last year's shortened season, his production was still exceptional with a 20 HR, 100 RBI, .303 BA pace. Not only that, but he may be the game's most durable player so don't hesitate to add him prior to his ADP just to make sure no one beats you to the punch.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Cano still has plenty left in the reserve. In a season sliced in half because of an 80-game PED suspension, the veteran second baseman batted .303/.374/.471 with 10 homers. While the elite power has dissipated, with 2016's 39 homers now looking like a clear outlier among recent returns, he has settled into a stable source of 20 long balls with a high average. Having earned his highest hard-hit rate and exit velocity over the last four seasons, Cano corralled the sixth-highest xBA (.305) of all MLB hitters with 250 plate appearances. He's a steady contributor going at a bargain because of old age.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros