Are you able to imagine some fantasy baseball leagues have two catcher spots? After taking a look at our 2021 catcher rankings, you will marvel for those who ought to even have one backstop, by no means thoughts two. The one bit of excellent news is that the relative lack of top-tier expertise means there are lots of potential sleepers as a result of it takes 12 gamers have a high 12…proper?
Heading into this season, we checklist six catchers who stand out above the remainder. Most websites aren’t as enthusiastic about Gary Sanchez, however few catchers possess his energy potential, so, regardless of his apparent drag on batting common, we like his upside. He’ll probably go decrease than now we have him ranked, however that presents worth for those who’re simply searching for homers.
It is necessary to do not forget that simply because catcher is a top-heavy place, you needn’t attain. Even J.T. Realmuto, who’s ranked a lot larger general than different catchers, is not price drafting within the first 5 rounds. There’ll probably be some shock breakouts on the place, so regardless that the highest six is mostly extra dependable and/or has extra upside, they may not present sufficient differentiation to be price drafting as early as some may assume.
Among the most attention-grabbing sleepers are Daulton Varsho and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. At one level this spring, each have been listed atop of their respective groups’ depth charts at positions apart from catcher — Varsho within the D-backs’ outfield and Kiner-Falefa because the Rangers’ shortstop. That is the perfect state of affairs for a catcher-eligible player (particularly within the AL due to the DH), as you do not have to fret as a lot in regards to the necessary off-days virtually all catchers take care of. Each can even steal double-digit bases, which is extraordinarily uncommon for catchers. In the event that they play most days, they’re going to have appreciable worth.
Mitch Garver has some bounce-back attraction, whereas Tom Murphy, who did not play final 12 months, is again after hitting 18 HRs in simply 76 games in 2019. As at all times, there are some veterans who can present satisfactory numbers (James McCann, Wilson Ramos), in addition to some youthful gamers with upside (Jorge Alfaro, Carson Kelly). Rookie catchers hardly ever pan out, however Alejandro Kirk and Joey Bart are each attention-grabbing in the event that they get taking part in time.
Finally, if you do not get one of many high six backstops within the center rounds, you may as properly wait till late to seize one or two sleepers. Reaching for a catcher simply would not make sense, so until you actually like somebody (Travis d’Arnaud? Austin Nola?), think about this place an afterthought.
We’ll be updating the catcher rankings all through the spring, so verify again for the most recent player motion.
Fantasy Baseball C Rankings: Catcher Tiers, Sleepers, Draft Technique
Rankings primarily based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and Batting Common as hitting classes.
Place eligibility primarily based on Yahoo’s default settings
|Rank||Player (bats)||Age (as of 4/1)||Staff||Different Pos.||Tier|
|1||J.T. Realmuto (R)||30||Phillies||—||1|
|2||Will Smith (R)||26||Dodgers||—||2|
|3||Salvador Perez (R)||30||Royals||—||2|
|4||Yasmani Grandal (S)||32||White Sox||1B||2|
|5||Willson Contreras (R)||28||Cubs||—||2|
|6||Gary Sanchez (R)||28||Yankees||—||2|
|7||Sean Murphy (R)||26||A’s||—||3|
|8||Christian Vazquez (R)||30||Purple Sox||1B||3|
|9||Daulton Varsho (L)||24||D-backs||OF||3|
|10||Travis d’Arnaud (R)||32||Braves||1B||3|
|11||Mitch Garver (R)||30||Twins||—||3|
|12||Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)||26||Rangers||3B, SS||3|
|13||Austin Nola (R)||31||Padres||1B, 2B||3|
|14||Jorge Alfaro (R)||27||Marlins||—||4|
|15||Tom Murphy (R)||29||Mariners||—||4|
|16||Wilson Ramos (R)||33||Tigers||—||4|
|17||Carson Kelly (R)||26||D-backs||—||4|
|18||James McCann (R)||30||Mets||—||4|
|19||Omar Narvaez (L)||29||Brewers||—||4|
|20||Buster Posey (R)||34||Giants||1B||4|
|21||Alejandro Kirk (R)||22||Blue Jays||—||5|
|22||Max Stassi (R)||31||Angels||—||5|
|23||Yadier Molina (R)||38||Cardinals||—||5|
|24||Danny Jansen (R)||25||Blue Jays||—||5|
|25||Yan Gomes (R)||33||Nationals||—||5|
|26||Martin Maldonado (R)||34||Astros||—||5|
|27||Pedro Severino (R)||27||Orioles||—||5|
|28||Elias Diaz (R)||30||Rockies||—||5|
|29||Francisco Mejia (S)||25||Rays||—||5|
|30||Joey Bart (R)||24||Giants||—||5|
|31||Ryan Jeffers (R)||23||Twins||—||5|
|32||Jacob Stallings (R)||31||Pirates||—||6|
|33||Tucker Barnhart (L)||31||Reds||—||6|
|34||Tyler Stephenson (R)||24||Reds||—||6|
|35||Roberto Perez (R)||32||Indians||—||6|
|36||Victor Caratini (S)||27||Padres||1B||6|
|37||Keibert Ruiz (S)||22||Dodgers||—||6|
|38||Dom Nunez (L)||26||Rockies||—||6|
|39||Likelihood Sisco (L)||26||Orioles||—||6|
|40||Mike Zunino (R)||30||Rays||—||6|
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