Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Fantasy Man's 2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings - Catchers

The Fantasy Man's 2013 Fantasy Baseball Catchers Rankings

1. Carlos Santana
2. Buster Posey
3. Brian McCann
4. Matt Wieters
5. Victor Martinez
6. Mike Napoli
7. Wilin Rosario
8. Joe Mauer
9. Alex Avila
10. Yadier Molina
11. Miguel Montero
12. Jesus Montero
13. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
14. Salvador Perez
15. Russell Martin
16. Ryan Doumit
17. Geovany Soto
18. J.P. Arencibia
19. Devin Mesoraco
20. Jonathan LuCroy
21. Kurt Suzuki
22. Derek Norris
23. A.J. Pierzynski
24. Wilson Ramos
25. Chris Ianetta
26. Carlos Ruiz - 25 game suspension
27. Yasmani Grandal - 50 game suspension


Probable Overhyped Magazine Sleeper: Wilin Rosario
Last Years Overhyped Magazine Sleeper: Jesus Montero
The Fantasy Man's Sleeper: J.P. Arencibia
The Fantasy Man's Super Sleeper: Devin Mesoraco
Bust Candidate: Carlos Ruiz - Last years break out was a fluke
Value Play - Jarrod Saltalamacchia


Analysis:  This is my personal top 25 and really the only catchers worth drafting in my opinion. Personally, in two catcher leagues I'm targeting 1-18 off this list. Carlos Ruiz had that one hot streak, Martin doesn't make contact, Soto an injury risk and never lives up to potential, LuCroy is a question mark, Ianetta has power potential (but not as much as Arencibia), and AJP is what he is.

Overall, the catcher position appears deeper then normal, plenty of serviceable talent and upside plays in the middle of the pack so there's sure to be some tremendous value here. Its always funny to me how some will draft a guy like Chris Ianetta and say, "Well the power potential is the value. As long as I get 20 HR I'll be good!" HAHA, when does this ever pan out? The .230 BA hurts more then the 12 HR you end up getting will help. That's why I left guys like Miguel Olivo and John Buck off the list.

Rankings I may get flak for is probably Mike Napoli at #6, Jarrod Saltalamacchia at #13 and Jesus Montero at #12.  I like Napoli at #6 because I feel like his 2011 can't be overlooked and his power potential is too great. Plus, he'll play 1B in Boston with the Green Monster, hit behind Big Papi, and probably get more AB overall without the wear and tear of catching duties.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit 25 HR in 405 AB. Hitting 30 HR in 450 AB isn't a pipe dream or inexperience talking. This guy was always touted as a potential star with the bat and he's only 27. With Jesus Montero, let's face it, great tools, tons of upside, tons of hype, and yet, he plays half his games at Safeco Field. Thanks but no thanks. The BA/RBI potential gets him slightly more love then Salvador Perez but I'm probably ranking Montero lower then most.  Montero likely has a fine year, but I just can't stomach any hitter from Seattle (Or San Diego) other then maybe Kyle Seager or Chase Headley.

At the top, Mauer is not in a contract year so I don't expect many HR, McCann always seems hurt but could still be a great value considering he's only 28, Yadier Molina still getting better, Salty has 30 HR potential and Wilin Rosario is the real deal!  My big super sleeper of the bunch is J.P. Arencibia as that BA can't get much worse, or can it?  My other sleeper is Wilin Rosario but I suppose every magazine/website out there is going to label him the same.  Biggest bust is Carlos Ruiz who is already going to miss 25 games for PED's.  Ryan Doumit, Russell Martin, and Jonathan LuCroy offer some nice value late.  I'd like to get my hands on Rosario, Napoli, Salty, Molina, Perez or whoever I can grab at the best time from that group.

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