Joe Mauer Heads Top Five Fantasy Baseball Catchers
Fantasy Baseball has two week positions where if you don't draft the elite, you'll end up with squat.
The weakest of the two is probably the catcher. I hope this list can help you when you draft your 2009 line up. Here it goes:
1. Joe Mauer
Mauer was an MVP candidate throughout the season. He put up a Gold Glove-winning season and had a great offensive season, as well. Possibly overrated, but if you want a fantasy catcher who's a stud, he's it.
2. Russell Martin
Combined in a lineup with Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, Jeff Kent, and Nomar Garciaparra, Martin put up amazing stats in 2008 offensively and defensively. Becoming elite at 25 last season, he won the Gold Glove award.
3. Geovany Soto
Last season not a lot of people would have known his name. But throughout the season, Soto changed that in a big way. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2008 and was a great piece for the Cubs to use going into the season.
4. Brian McCann
McCann had a fantastic season in 2008. Batting .301 with 23 home runs. A great young piece to the Braves, he can communicate to pitchers well and is showing signs of being the next Jason Varitek, and some say he will be the next Yogi Berra or Johnny Bench. If you don't get an elite catcher, trade someone for McCann because he might be even better in 2009.
5. Ryan Doumit
Another young catcher, Doumit put up great numbers in 2008. He was great defensively and offensively. Little known because he is on the Pirates, Doumit should combine with Nate McLouth, Adam LaRoche, Jack Wilson, and Freddy Sanchez this coming season to be on the map for the first time in years.
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