Who Should I Draft?

Matt Carpenter or Whit Merrifield (2019)

Experts' Pick
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
Recommended by
54 of 59 experts
Recommended by
5 of 59 experts
ECR# 29# 49
Best Rank# 19# 12
Worst Rank# 119# 100
Composite# 32# 65
Best Rank# 29# 58
Worst Rank# 36# 72
Home Runs1428
Stolen Bases343
Batting Average.287.256
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 51
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 35
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Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 36
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# 30
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# 27# 47
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The Athletic
# 36# 39
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The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 50
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USA Today
# 27# 46
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# 23# 65
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# 49# 78
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The Fake Baseball
# 35# 83
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Brewer Rat
# 33# 68
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 50
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The Athletic
# 50# 65
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CBS Sports
# 24# 37
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CBS Sports
# 23# 26
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Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 70
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# 32# 71
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The Athletic
# 77# 100
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Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 59
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 48
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# 24# 40
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# 34# 76
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The Athletic
# 27# 78
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# 29# 47
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The Athletic
# 25# 33
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Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 53
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Fake Teams
# 25# 47
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# 25# 58
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The Fake Baseball
# 29# 36
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# 30# 66
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# 37# 48
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# 28# 37
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# 27# 50
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# 41# 56
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# 19# 49
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# 30# 51
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 72
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# 23# 62
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# 23# 51
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# 34# 54
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# 25# 81
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# 25# 57
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# 28# 64
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# 30# 61
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 42
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# 34# 55
Bart Wheeler
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# 33# 45
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# 22# 64
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BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 58
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BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 38
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Fake Teams
# 23# 39
Ariel Cohen
# 26# 70
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The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 38
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# 119# 12
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# 33# 24
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# 36# 29
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 36
Wayne Bretsky
# 49# 37
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2018 Stats 
At Bats632564
Home Runs1236
Stolen Bases454
Caught Stealing101
Batting Average.304.257
On Base Pct.367.374
Slugging Pct.438.523
On-base Plus Slugging.806.897
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
2019 Projections 
At Bats596529
Home Runs1428
Stolen Bases343
Caught Stealing92
Batting Average.287.256
On Base Pct.339.369
Slugging Pct.432.486
On-base Plus Slugging.771.855
  Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
Matt Carpenter
1B,2B,3B - STL
Matt Carpenter
 Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
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
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
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
 Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
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
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 2nd
Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Cardinals defeated the Royals 2-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 14-2 loss to the Orioles on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
Matt Carpenter (foot) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 4th
 With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
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
 Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
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