Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings: Catchers—Joe Mauer and the Gang
1. Joe Mauer , C, MIN – Assuming that Mauer is healthy, he’ll be the best fantasy catcher again this season. He hits for average and power and will get more than 500 at-bats, providing a .326/21/86 line for your fantasy team.
2. Brian McCann , C, ATL – Power with a little less average than Mauer, but still the number two fantasy catcher.
3. Kurt Suzuki , C, OAK – Suzuki will get close to 600 AB, so his other stats will go up as well. He’ll provide a solid average and even steal almost 10 bases.
4. Victor Martinez , C/1B, BOS – V-Mart will get ABs as a 1B and DH to put him over 500. Those extra at bats will help him keep his usually strong numbers in the 20 HR and 80 RBI territory.
5. Mike Napoli , C, LAA – Napoli’s power stroke will get him around 24 homers and 70 RBI. His low average needs to be considered, but the power should make up for that difference.
6. Geovany Soto , C, CHC – Soto will provide good power, a decent average and a strong RBI total. A .269/20/84 line is a good bargain for an 11th round pick.
7. Matt Wieters , C, BAL – The rookie sensation from 2009 is riding the prospect hype from last year. He’s going to be great, but just not quite yet. Still, .277/14/72 is nothing to sneeze at right now.
8. J.R. Towles , C, HOU – Houston’s post-hype prospect finally looks to have the starting job. Although he will never live up to that hype, he will still put up respectable numbers this year.
9. Ryan Doumit , C, PIT – Though Doumit won’t pick up multi-position eligibility any more, he’s still playing the one position that is hard to find a good hitter. He’ll pick up more than a dozen homers and almost 60 RBI, so grab him in the mid to late rounds of your draft.
10. Russell Martin , C, LAD – Martin was a lot higher on this list before the groin injury (we all hate those). He’ll still get you .271/9/55/13 if you can find a stopgap for the first 6 weeks of the season.
The Next 10
11. Jeff Clement , C/1B, PIT
12. A.J. Pierzynski , C, CWS
13. Yadier Molina , C, STL
14. Miguel Montero , C, ARZ
15. Chris Iannetta , C, COL
16. Bengie Molina , C, SF
17. Ramon Hernandez , C, CIN
18. John Baker , C, FLA
19. Carlos Ruiz , C, PHI
20. Jorge Posada , C, NYY
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