Sunday, January 23, 2011

2011 Fantasy Rankings: Catchers

The silver lining surrounding the Bears season ending today, is that we're one step closer to baseball season. This offseason, we've focused more on baseball history and hot-stove circumstances. Very little time has been spent thinking about the 2011 rotisserie baseball season. We spent some time selecting the 10-player Keeper Consideration Pool for our roto team:

Mauer's at the top of our rankings again.
Alexei Ramirez
Aroldis Chapman
Brett Gardner
Carlos Gonzalez
Chris B. Young
Evan Longoria
Ian Stewart
Jason Heyward
Joe Mauer
Rickie Weeks

We end up keeping five guys, it's a roto league, with OBP instead of BA, and a Corner Infield flex, a Middle Infield flex, and 2 Util positions.

We're keeping Mauer, Heyward, CarGo, Longoria, and one other guy. *For the comment section: Who should be our 5th keeper?

Other than that, we haven't spent any time ranking players for next seasons draft. To knock the rust off our fantasy crystal ball, let's get it started with an early list of Catchers to consider in fantasy drafts.

We rank players with Onbase Percentage in mind. If you play in a league that only uses Batting Average, I'm sorry. Still, someone that does well in an OBP league wont be a roster killer in a BA league.

For those of you in 2-catcher, 12-team leagues, we've included our Top 25...

Catchers (wOBA, last 4 years)
Joe Mauer (.387)
If healthy, Carlos Santana
could be the #1 catcher.
Brian McCann (.359)
Buster Posey (.358)
Victor Martinez (.362)
Carlos Santana (.382)
Jorge Posada (.382)
Geovany Soto (.362)
Matt Wieters (.315)
Mike Napoli (.358)
Chris Iannetta (.347)
Miguel Montero (.334)
Kurt Suzuki (.314)
Carlos Ruiz (.327)
John Buck (.321)
Russell Martin (.337)
J.P. Arencibia (.232)
John Jaso (.337)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.307)
Ryan Doumit (.338)
Saltalamacchia could be relevant,
now that he's in Boston.
Ryan Hanigan (.335)
Josh Thole (.328)
John Baker (.335)
A.J. Pierzynski (.312)
Yadier Molina (.318)
Miguel Olivo (.314)

Knocking on the door: Jesus Montero, Jason Castro, Kelly Shoppach, Tyler Flowers, and Chris Snyder.

Comments? Questions?

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