The Fantasy Man's 2018 Fantasy Baseball Catchers Rankings
I wouldn't quite call this first group a tier but more so a group of catchers I'd simply draft, at minimum, as my first catcher in a 2-C league. This position is mega weak and diamonds in the rough are tough to come by here. You can make a case to get two of these guys and call it a day. That's how bad this position is.
One idea I love is to plan to grab Gary Sanchez early and then scoop up Salvador Perez mid draft (10th rd) as he seems like a less sexy pick in the earlier rounds.
Gary Sanchez - No question #1 and worthy of a late 2nd / early 3rd round mixed league pick
Wilson Contrereas - 21HR & 74RBI in 377AB in 2017, only 25, could get 1B/OF eligibility
Buster Posey - Fairly safe .300+avg with HR upside over 2017's 18HR
Salvador Perez - Safe 25HR/75RBI/.265 FLOOR and ONLY 27 - Best C value on board
JT Realmuto - Only 26 but no offense around him, take advantage of the FUD and get a discount
Wellington Castillo - 20HR/53RBI in 341 in 2016, better situation in CWS, upside here w/ 400+ AB
Brian McCann - Still only 33, injuries derailed him last year, potent lineup, I see an uptick
Yadier Molina - Listen, he's 35, he's a pro hitter, solid, steals bases and he's super cheap.
Mike Zunino - Power is there, contact better, whiffs a lot - he's my cheap sleeper, I'll deal with BA
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In any fantasy baseball snake draft or auction, I have to have at least one of these guys. I find myself gravitating towards Sal Perez as he's just so reliable, he's fairly durable, and he's only 27. We know catchers develop as better hitters later in their career and Perez seems like he's been around forever and I simply like that combination. He also slips down the draft a bit and you can grab him usually in or after the 10th round. That's a nice value considering he's a top 4 catcher and he's super reliable. Yadier Molina is another one that will slip later in drafts but provide solid and safe production in every category. If I whiff on Sanchez/Posey/Contreras, I'm looking to pair Perez with Molina as my top pairing option for value.
This next tier are players I feel have some upside or something special about them assuming 400+ AB of full health but there's also too many question marks. These are also likely your ideal second catcher options..
Austin Barnes - Looks legit but depends on Yasmani Grandal, bump up if traded
Wilson Ramos - Could be a .270/20HR/70RBI type season if stays healthy and gets 400+ AB
Matt Wieters - Maybe there's a potential Joe Mauer/JD Drew type season? Talent is there
Austin Hedges - Legit power, .300+BA in minors, I like the upside and opportunity for under $5
Travis d'Arnaud - My favorite sleeper to surprise, only 28, and cost low, definite end game target
Evan Gattis - 25-30 HR is there with 400+ AB as a DH and back up catcher
James McCann - 1st full season upcoming could be a solid .260/20/60
Tucker Barnhart - 4 year deal and primary backstop means opportunity, could do worse for $1-$3
After that, your guess is as good as mine. Pick your poison. Want to invest in upside youth? You have...
Francisco Mejia - Major league ready, could play 3B potentially, $1 stash since he's blocked
Chance Sisco - Showing as the starter, light on power currently, and Caleb Joseph in the way
Jorge Alfaro - Legit power, maybe low contact, good defense, rocket arm if he breaks camp
Danny Jansen - Darkhorse prospect sleeper, awesome plate discipline, could be up this year
What about your platoon guys...
Alex Avila - Experienced a small power surge in 1st half last season, was it real?
Cameron Rupp - Stock is down, Alfaro/Knapp hype, could be sneaky deep sleeper
Caleb Joseph - Same situation as Rupp
Yasmani Grandal - Tough one, depends on Austin Barnes spring training
Manny Pina - Has BA upside but 2 other serviceable catchers on roster
Kevin Plawecki - Has upside but I see him as only a handcuff to d'Arnaud if he doesn't take step
Devin Mesoraco - If healthy and Barnhart gets hurt he could be a nice cheap stash
Tom Murphy - Nice power upside and low on radar. Ianetta just a stop-gap
Yan Gomes - Has comeback power potential written all over, more of a stash for me
Bruce Maxwell - There's power upside here, some youth, but still a platoon for now - cheap stash
When you just need to fill a roster spot in an AL or NL only league...
Francisco Cervelli - Dude makes contact, could provide decent BA in a full season
Russell Martin - Maybe if healthy you can bump him up, best hitter of this group
Robinson Chirinos - Has some power upside in a hitters park
Chris Ianetta - Maybe you can bump him up in COL, 20HR+ power but still 'meh'
Martin Maldonado - Full timer but light bat
Christian Vazquez - Full timer, light bat but steals a few bases
Roberto Perez - Light bat here, does have some clutch hitting ability which could lead to upside
Tyler Flowers - Has little spurts here and there
Jason Castro - I don't see any type of breakout outside of what we've seen recently