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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATED CATCHER RANKINGS

It is time to go around the diamond again as we update our position rankings for 2017 fantasy baseball:  

1.  Buster Posey2.  Gary Sanchez:  Tremendous hitter but Sanchez carries bust risk given the exorbitant draft price and sky-high expectations.
3.  Jonathan Lucroy:  Full season in Texas?  Yes please.
4.  Kyle Schwarber:  We now know that Schwarber does in fact carry catcher eligibility but Evan Gattis is the same player and much cheaper.  Overpriced.  
5.  Wilson Contreras:  Will be looking very closely here as Contreras has Buster Posey average/power ability. 
6.  J.T. Realmuto:  Hit it big with this guy last season.  Price may too too inflated now for personal encore.  The new Jason Kendall.
7.  Salvador Perez:  Very durable which counts for something here but not happy with the average dip the last few seasons.  
8.  Evan Gattis:  I own Gattis in the Experts League which should show you what I think of the guy.  
9.  Yasmani Grandal:  Has become too all-or-nothing for my taste but can't argue with the power. 
10. Brian McCann:  Actually a very good value because McCann is in part of career where it is boring to draft him and no one wants him if they can help it.  That is when you strike.
11. Russell Martin
12. Matt Wieters:  Finally Wieters has a new home and it is in Washington where he is expected to be the primary starter over Derek Norris.  Wieters showed last season his power is still in working order and he has a chance to hit .260.  Undervalued.  
13. Wellington Castillo:  Another catcher who has 15-20 home run power for the price of a very late round pick. 
14. Wilson Ramos:  I dropped Ramos more than a little bit given the news he is likely to be out until at least June.  Love the bat but that is a long absence.  
15. Yadier Molina:  Still hitting for average but Molina is old news in terms of fantasy baseball as injuries and zero power leave him more for two-backstop leagues.
16. Travis D'Arnaud:  Moved D'Arnaud up because he is healthy and swinging a hot spring bat.  Give him one more chance.
17. Tom Murphy:  Sleeper alert goes to any Colorado hitter getting set to grab a starting spot.  Hit .327 at Triple-A last season. 
18. Cameron Rupp
19. Devin Mesoraco
20. Sandy Leon
21. Francisco Cervelli
22. Nick Hundley
23. Chris Herrmann
24. Tyler Flowers
25. Tucker Barnhardt
26. Bruce Maxwell:  Could become interesting if the A's decide that they have seen enough out of Stephen Vogt. 
27. Austin Hedges:  Now that Derek Norris is in Washington, Hedges will get to show if his .326 and 21 home run stick at Triple-A last season can make the jump to the majors
28. Derek Norris:  With Wieters now in town, Norris needs a trade to get more playing time.  Ignore until that happens.  
29. Yan Gomes  

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