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Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 FANTASY SPORTS BOSS PLAYERS I WILL AVOID: CATCHERS

While yesterday I shared with your the catchers I will target in 2017 fantasy baseball single-backstop drafts, today I go into those I will avoid.  Let's see who won't end up on my teams as drafts get underway.

Buster Posey:  While I respect the player, I won't be spending a third or fourth round pick on a guy who has hit just 19 and 14 home runs the last two years.  Also the injury risk of any catcher makes taking one early a bad move.

Kyle Schwarber:  Like I said back in December, Schwarber is getting a mulligan in fantasy baseball leagues from last year regarding carrying over catcher eligibility for 2017.  That means Schwarber and his 30-homer output will be in very high demand again as he is still a high-visibility sleeper and that means I won't be buying.  Also I will say again that the 6-8 round cheaper Evan Gattis the same player.

Gary Sanchez:  Perhaps no player in all of fantasy baseball will see such a gross inflation of value or be fought over more than this guy.  While all the props to Sanchez for his insane rookie performance a year ago (.299 with 20 homers in just 201 at-bats), his expected second or third round price tag is too high for a guy that has obvious holes in his swing.  Sanchez struck out at almost a 25 percent clip last season and in September he hit just .225 as opposing pitchers started figuring him out a bit.  Good regression chance here.

Devin Mesoraco:  Sorry but I am done chasing the potential here and dealing with all those injuries.

Travis D'Arnaud:  Ditto.

Tom Murphy:  I might check Murphy out if the price is right but I think any Colorado prospect hitter will see an elevated draft value.  Also Tony Wolters may start.

Sandy Leon:  Leon will get attention as a guy who came up and hit .310 with 7 home runs in 252 at-bats in a high attention spot that is Boston but those numbers don't jive with the minor league performance in any way.  Also hit just .213 in September as Leon's poor minor league numbers began to take shape again once pitchers figured out how to approach him at the dish.

Salvador Perez:  A bit too pricey as a stalwart veteran but Perez could be headed for a breakdown given the insane amount of innings he has caught the last few seasons.  Plus his average has now descended into the .250 range.

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