Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings: Catchers—Joe Mauer and the Gang

Rick MillemanCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09:  Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins hits a foul ball in the eleventh inning  against the New York Yankees in Game Two of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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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

Rick Milleman is the head fantasy baseball contributor at . Check his annual player projections included in the Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy to help draft your championship team.