Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Travis Shaw (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
Recommended by
42 of 56 experts
Recommended by
14 of 56 experts
ECR# 50# 64
Best Rank# 12# 44
Worst Rank# 100# 121
Composite# 65# 97
Best Rank# 58# 86
Worst Rank# 72# 107
Home Runs2829
Stolen Bases36
Batting Average.256.255
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 51# 77
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 64
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 78
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 39# 60
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 68
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 70
Site Projections
# 65# 78
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 68# 72
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 50# 76
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 36# 66
Beast Dome
# 12# 58
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 65# 67
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 37# 58
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 26# 44
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 71
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 100# 121
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 59# 73
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 69
Andrew Gould
# 40# 62
Rudy Gamble
# 76# 88
Wayne Bretsky
# 37# 117
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 47# 62
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 33# 65
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 53# 78
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 61
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 47# 70
Paul Sporer
# 48# 56
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 60
Bill Dubiel
# 29# 68
Nick Mariano
# 50# 76
Justin Mason
# 49# 51
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 69
Donkey Teeth
# 62# 71
Dan Harris
# 51# 52
Pierre Camus
# 54# 73
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 57# 58
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 61# 65
Jacob Gibbs
# 55# 60
Mick Ciallela
# 64# 83
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 39# 73
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 24# 57
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 59
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 46
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 47# 46
Bobby Sylvester
# 56# 45
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 58# 50
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
# 64# 56
Mario Mergola
# 66# 56
Ariel Cohen
# 70# 62
Fantasy Team Advice
# 71# 65
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 72# 64
Grey Albright
# 78# 50
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 78# 76
Andrew Seifter
# 81# 69
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 48
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 68
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
2018 Stats 
At Bats564498
Home Runs3632
Stolen Bases45
Caught Stealing12
Batting Average.257.241
On Base Pct.374.345
Slugging Pct.523.480
On-base Plus Slugging.897.825
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
2019 Projections 
At Bats529519
Home Runs2829
Stolen Bases36
Caught Stealing22
Batting Average.256.255
On Base Pct.369.338
Slugging Pct.486.479
On-base Plus Slugging.855.817
  Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Travis Shaw
1B,3B,2B - MIL
Travis Shaw
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-5 with a two-run triple and a run scored in the Cardinals' 7-3 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 26th
Travis Shaw went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Brewers' 7-5 win over the Reds on Sunday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 23rd
 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
Travis Shaw went 1-for-4 with a single in the Brewers' 7-1 loss to the Reds on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 21st
 Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday against the Mets.
Dan Harris
Fri, Jun 14th
Travis Shaw went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Brewers' 10-8 loss to the Astros on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 12th
 Carpenter is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
Travis Shaw went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two walks, and two runs scored in the Brewers' 10-4 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
 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
The Brewers have activated Travis Shaw (wrist) from the 10-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 3rd
 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
Shaw has back to back seasons with 30 homers, and while his batting average may linger in the .240's again, that type of power is difficult to come by after pick 100, especially for someone who qualifies as a second basemen in most leagues.
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
Shaw and Mike Moustakas are similar players who will now share an infield in Milwaukee, with Moustakas currently penciled in at second base after Shaw moved over there from third last year. Regardless of where they line up defensively, Shaw and Moustakas are both lefty sluggers who are good bets to deliver 30+ home runs and 90+ RBIs in the Miller Park bandbox. Neither is likely to be of much help in batting average or stolen bases, but they are useful players to own, especially considering they will have multi-position eligibility.
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
Moustakas would slate right behind Shaw for me
Michael Florio - Fantrax
  Shaw followed 2017's 31-homer breakout with one more last year, but his 10 steals sliced in half while his average slithered from .273 to .241. That's a peculiar drop considering he also set career bests in walk (13.3%) and strikeout (18.4%) rates with a rise in barrels per batted balls (10.3%). Last year was the time to pass, but drafters should jump back in now that Shaw comes at a cheaper price with second-base eligibility.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros