Fantasy Baseball: The Top 20 Catchers for 2012

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Fantasy Baseball: The Top 20 Catchers for 2012
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Yes, we looked at both the National League and American League lists, but I thought I would look at an overall list for those people that play in typical leagues. Most leagues have 10 or 12 players, so you only have to have 12 catchers on your draft list, but backups can be helpful when someone gets hurt or injured.

No doubt, if you are coming here we want to thank you and feel free to patronize our sponsors. You are likely here because we offer a little different perspective than what you might find on the internet. As such, my rankings are based on some different numbers you don’t see everyday. I can’t claim credit for these numbers, but the end result is something I have put my own little spin on. First, let me introduce you to some numbers.

Secondary Average (SEC) - This something many of you have seen before. There are a few calculations, so I must divulge mine. I simply take what is known as isolated power (SLG-AVG) and add that to what I would call isolated patience (OBP-AVG).

Real Offensive Value (ROV) - Again, this is something that has been used before, but my formula is probably a lot cruder. I simply take batting average and secondary average and average the two together.

Batting average on balls in play (BABIP) - This is simply taking a players batting average after taking away strikeouts, walks, home runs, and HBP away from their plate appearances. Then, home runs are subtracted away from hits to give you a batting average.

Projected ROV - This is done by keeping secondary average constant and adjusting batting average to reflect the ML average BABIP at that position.

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