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Friday, January 31, 2014

2014 FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATED CATCHER RANKINGS

Time to start updating some of the position rankings with drafts right around the corner.  Today we look at the catchers as I highlight some of the guys I am targeting in continuing my habit of drafting backstops in the late middle rounds. 

1.  Buster Posey
2.  Wilin Rosario:  Tough call between Rosario and McCann but the youth wins out.
3.  Brian McCann:  Move to the Yankees shoots McCann way up.  30 home runs a possibility.
4.  Carlos Santana:  Love the move to the third base as Santana now carries three positions to his name and the counting stats are as good as any catcher.  Now let's just get to work on that average.
5.  Yadier Molina:  Respect the hell out of him but at 32 the stats could start sliding.
6.  Jonathan Lucroy:  As underappreciated as any player in the game.  Last season was completely legit.
7.  Joe Mauer:  The price has finally come down to reasonable levels but Mauer's K rate shot up last season and injuries are becoming a major issue.  Two bad trends in his last season with catcher eligibility. 
8.  Matt Wieters:  Don't sneeze at the 20-plus home runs despite the .240 average. 
9.  Salvador Perez:  The rare catcher who can hit .300 and the power is trending up. 
10. Jason Castro:  Mixed feelings here as Castro has nice pop but a long history of knee injuries and a very high K rate not good.
11. Evan Gattis
12. Wilson Ramos
13. A.J. Pierzynski:  Classic guy you can get in one of the last rounds who will supply you some decent numbers. 
14. Miguel Montero
15. Travis D'Arnaud:  Could be a post-hype sleeper guy made good.  Throw out last season's debut.
16. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
17. Yan Gomes: Getting the chance now to play everyday with Santana moving to third base.  Very interesting.
18. Wellington Castillo
19. Ryan Doumit
20. Carlos Ruiz
21. Yasmani Grandal
22. Nick Hundley

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

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