The hardest part about catchers is there is no defensive value in fantasy baseball. Many different strategies with catchers and that is your personal choice. Some like to take one of the top catchers and feel like they have an advantage by doing so. Others will take two guys from the same team that net a better number, but at least they have one in the lineup each day. Another style is two mid-tier guys hoping that one plays every day. No matter which way you go, this is the lowest scoring position in fantasy for you lineup and not one that I would be reaching to get on my team.
When looking at each position, I will divide the players into tiers. In theory, each tier should be filled with similar players. The ultimate goal would be to get the last player in each tier as that would mean you waited the perfect amount of time to draft that position and didn’t have to reach in the draft. Of course even within a tier we can have our favorites and preferences which are hard to ignore. Sometimes I have to force myself to take a player I don’t like or usually want on my team when they are the last player in a tier and they are clearly the best pick.
When doing your own tiers you should always ask yourself if you would be good with the next player, if not, that player goes into the next tier. Keep in mind that when deciding between players from different positions, if you set your tiers up correctly, you should not have any Super-Stars left to draft before going on to the All-Star tier, no more All-Star tier players before moving on to the Solid players, etc., etc. Within each tier names are listed in alphabetical order with their 2016 projected point totals from the CCO leagues on ESPN.
Buster Posey (476), Kyle Schwarber (462)
Upside to each and if you can add either guy at the right point in the draft, you will have an advantage at catcher over every other team in your league. Best part is that both guys are eligible at another position and can allow for some good flexibility to your roster.
Jonathan Lucroy (423)
If Lucroy is back to his old self, you will get really good value with him as he shouldn’t need a very high draft pick to get. But don’t expect him to play 150 games like he did before his injuries.
Travis d’Arnaud (357), Russell Martin (380), Brian McCann (396), Derek Norris (370), Salvador Perez (382)
The last of the guys worth using good picks on.
If You Wait (A)
Welington Castillo (307), Francisco Cervelli (308), Yasmani Grandal (336), Devin Mesoraco (326), Wilson Ramos (317), J.T. Realmuto (314), Stephen Vogt (340), Matt Wieters (340)
Nothing here to look at for sure, but you do have to have a catcher so grab one of these guys and hope for the best.
If You Wait (B)
Jason Castro (260), Yan Gomes (271), James McCann (268), Yadier Molina (263), Miguel Montero (277)
Keep in mind this is only 22 players deep. A 20-team league will likely have 30-35 catchers on rosters. But not even these guys are worth using anything but end of the draft type picks.
I have always liked when I have had a top catcher on my team. I usually don’t like how it affects my other positions as to get one of those guys I had to not get a guy who will put up a lot more points and play every day, unlike catchers. I usually look for a catcher to fall into my lap at a spot where it is worth getting a player that will outperform the majority of guys at his position. But if that doesn’t happen, I am more than happy to wait until the end and use two guys to keep a bat in the lineup every day.
Next up is Outfielders!
CCO fantasy baseball leagues are on ESPN and we will fill up to 20 teams in each league. This year we will have two different styles of leagues.
- Weekly H2H with daily lineups, rules on pitching.
- Weekly H2H with daily lineups, rules on pitching, auction draft and keepers.
If you are interested in playing in one of these leagues, please send your email information to Neil at this link and he will forward it to me. Also include which league you are interested in playing. We have three leagues right now. The style we used the last two years is option one and we have two different leagues that are full but I will take more names for a waiting list or even to create another league. Option 2 is the auction/keeper league and it is almost full.