Wednesday, March 6, 2013

2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Catcher

Here are my catcher rankings for 2013.
  1. Buster Posey (BA, HR, RBI) *also eligible at 1B
  2. Joe Mauer (BA, R, RBI) *also eligible at 1B
  3. Victor Martinez (BA, R, HR, RBI)
  4. Miguel Montero (BA, HR, RBI)  
  5. Yadier Molina (BA, HR, RBI, SB)  
  6. Wilin Rosario (HR, RBI) 
  7. Carlos Santana (R, HR, RBI, -BA) *also eligible at 1B
  8. Matt Wieters (HR, RBI, -BA)  
  9. Salvador Perez (BA, R, HR, RBI)
  10. Jesus Montero (HR, RBI, -BA) 
  11. Brian McCann (HR, RBI) 
  12. Mike Napoli (HR, RBI, -BA) *also eligible at 1B
  13. Carlos Ruiz (BA, HR) 
  14. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (HR, -BA)  
  15. Ryan Doumit (ok in all categories) *also eligible at OF
  16. A.J. Pierzynski (HR) 
  17. A.J. Ellis (ok in all categories)  
  18. Alex Avila (HR, RBI) 
  19. Kurt Suzuki (-BA)
My rankings are based on a 10-team rotisserie with the following positions: (head-to-head roto/categories would benefit from these rankings as well)
  • 1 Catcher
  • 1 First Baseman
  • 1 Second Baseman
  • 1 Shortstop
  • 1 Third Baseman
  • 1 Corner Infielder (1B/3B)
  • 1 Middle Infielder (2B/SS)
  • 1 Utility
  • 5 Outfielders
  • 9 Pitchers (mixture of Starting Pitchers and Relief Pitchers)
  • 3 Bench Spots
  • 1 Disabled List 
It is usually hard to tell why a player is ranked where they are. If you play in roto or head-to-head roto then you need to how a certain player will help you. If you've been playing a while then you know that Michael Bourn will give you steals and not much else, but if you're new or a casual fan then you won't know this by the ranking alone.

Given this, in my rankings I have what categories (in parantheses) I expect a certain player to help in.

My general bias is towards home runs and batting average and away from steals. If you can find a guy who can help you in all three categories then take him, but if it's a steals specialist I would pass him by. Steals can be found off the waiver wire (such as Juan Pierre last year) or later in the draft, but batting average and home runs aren't as easy to come by and they often lead to other stats such as runs and RBI's.

Key:
  • BA: Batting Average
  • -BA: will hurt your overall Batting Average
  • R: Runs 
  • HR: Homes Runs
  • RBI: Runs Batted In
  • S: Steals
*position eligibility based on ESPN's Fantasy Baseball rules

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