Fighting Chance Consensus Rankings - Catcher
The catcher position is always the least sexy position in fantasy baseball, but that doesn't mean that it isn't important. It's always important to try to gain an edge over your opponents and if the "un-sexy" catcher spot is where you can get that edge, then damn it, you need to take advantage of it!
In the olden days it was customary to play in leagues where two catchers were a required part of the roster. However, we have evolved now and more and more leagues have switched to only one catcher leagues. Thank you baby Jesus!
If you are in a one catcher league, you should still be able to get a quality catcher at the end of drafts, so there is no need to rush to fill the position. If you are still in a two catcher league, then you may want to spend a little on the position earlier. If you wait and get two catchers that are in the 20-30 range, you could run the risk of having a catcher actually provide negative value. It's bad enough when they provide minimal value, but if they hurt your team, then you would actually be better off to not play that player. In those two catcher leagues, you don't need to grab J.T. Realmuto or Gary Sanchez if you don't want to, but I don't think I would feel good if I took two catchers outside of the top 20. Could be a recipe for disaster...
Anyways, here are the Fighting Chance Fantasy Consensus Rankings for the Catcher position. Here is who contributed to the rankings are where you can find them on Twitter. There are some notes after and each participants rankings are listed at the bottom for reference.
Ryan Hallam - @fightingchance
Steve Rapin - @fantasygeek37
Patrick Wisnewski - @polkapat
Kevin Tomkins - @ktompkinsii
Kari Thomas - @12ozCurlSports
|1||J.T. Realmuto, PHI||1.4|
|2||Gary Sanchez, NYY||1.6|
|3||Wilson Ramos, NYM||3.8|
|4||Yasmani Grandal, MIL||4.2|
|5||Willson Contreras, CHC||4.4|
|6||Yadier Molina, STL||6.2|
|7||Buster Posey, SF||6.4|
|8||Danny Jansen, TOR||10.8|
|9||Francisco Cervelli, PIT||11.4|
|10||Yan Gomes, WAS||11.8|
|T-11||Jorge Alfaro, MIA||12.2|
|T-11||Welington Castillo, CWS||12.2|
|13||Mike Zunino, TB||12.8|
|14||Francisco Mejia, SD||14.8|
|15||Robinson Chirinos, HOU||15.4|
|16||Willians Astudillo, MIN||16.8|
|17||Tucker Barnhart, CIN||17|
|18||Omar Narvaez, SEA||17.2|
|19||Kurt Suzuki, WAS||18.8|
|20||Isiah Kiner-Falefa, TEX||20|
|21||Johnathan Lucroy, LAA||20.4|
|22||Mitch Garver, MIN||21|
|23||Austin Hedges, SD||22|
|24||Chris Ianetta, COL||24|
|25||Austin Barnes, LAD||24.2|
- J.T. Realmuto was first on three of our experts rankings and Gary Sanchez was first on two. I think you need to give Hallam and Polka Pat a little hell for picking Sanchez.
- There were seven catchers who were consensus Top Ten picks among all of us. Those catchers were Realmuto, Sanchez, Wilson Ramos, Yasmani Grandal, Willson Contreras, Yadier Molina, and Buster Posey.
- The catcher that was most enigmatic at the position was Welington Castillo. He was in the top eight of two experts (Rapin and Kari Thomas), ranked number ten, number 14 and ranked all the way down at 21 for Polka.
- San Diego (Francisco Mejia and Austin Hedges), Washington (Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki) and Minnesota (Willians Astudillo and Mitch Garver) all had two catchers from each team make our top 25 consensus rankings.
|Ryan Hallam||Steve Rapin||Kari Thomas||Patrick Wisniewski||Kevin Tompkins|
|1||Gary Sanchez, NYY||1||JT Realmuto, PHI||1||J.T. Realmuto, PHI||1||Gary Sanchez, NYY||1||J.T. Realmuto, PHI|
|2||J.T. Realmuto, PHI||2||Gary Sanchez, NYY||2||Gary Sanchez, NYY||2||J.T. Realmuto, PHI||2||Gary Sanchez, NYY|
|3||Willson Contreras, CHC||3||Yasmani Grandal, MIL||3||Wilson Ramos, NYM||3||Wilson Contreras, CHC||3||Yasmani Grandal, MIL|
|4||Wilson Ramos, NYM||4||Wilson Ramos, NYM||4||Yasmani Grandal, MIL||4||Wilson Ramos, NYM||4||Wilson Ramos, NYM|
|5||Buster Posey, SF||5||Willson Contreras, CHC||5||Willson Contreras, CHC||5||Yasmani Grandal, MIL||5||Yadier Molina, STL|
|6||Yasmani Grandal, MIL||6||Yadier Molina, STL||6||Yadier Molina, STL||6||Buster Posey, SF||6||Willson Contreras, CHC|
|7||Yadier Molina, STL||7||Buster Posey, SF||7||Buster Posey, SF||7||Yadir Molina, MIA||7||Buster Posey, SF|
|8||Yan Gomes, WAS||8||Welington Castillo, CWS||8||Wellington Castillo, CWS||8||Jorge Alfaro, MIA||8||Danny Jensen, TOR|
|9||Mike Zunino, TB||9||Danny Jansen, TOR||9||Francisco Cervelli, PIT||9||Yan Gomes, WAS||9||Francisco Cervelli, PIT|
|10||Danny Jansen, TOR||10||Jorge Alfaro, MIA||10||Danny Jansen, TOR||10||Isiah Kiner-Falefa, TEX||10||Wellington Castillo, CHW|
|11||Jorge Alfaro, MIA||11||Yan Gomes, WAS||11||Mike Zunino, TB||11||Kurt Suzuki WAS||11||Mike Zunino, TB|
|12||Omar Narvaez, SEA||12||Robinson Chirinos, HOU||12||Francisco Mejia, SD||12||Mitch Garver, MIN||12||Francisco Mejia, SD|
|13||Francisco Cervelli, PIT||13||Francisco Cervelli, PIT||13||Yan Gomes, WSH||13||Francisco Cervelli, PIT||13||Jorge Alfaro, MIA|
|14||Welington Castillo, CWS||14||Mike Zunino, TB||14||Tucker Barnhart, CIN||14||Francisco Mejia, SD||14||Willians Astudillo, MIN|
|15||Robinson Chirinos, HOU||15||Tucker Barnhart, CIN||15||Robinson Chirinos, HOU||15||Elias Diaz PIT||15||Tucker Barnhart, CIN|
|16||Kurt Suzuki, WAS||16||Omar Narvaez, SEA||16||Willians Astudillo, MIN||16||Willians Astudillo, MIN||16||Omar Narvaez, SEA|
|17||Jonathan Lucroy, LAA||17||Francisco Mejia, SD||17||Mitch Garver, MIN||17||Danny Jansen, TOR||17||Robinson Chirinos, HOU|
|18||Isiah Kinder Falefa, TEX||18||Willans Astudillo, MIN||18||Omar Narvaez, SEA||18||Robinson Chirinos, HOU||18||Yan Gomes, WAS|
|19||Francisco Mejia, SD||19||Austin Hedges, SD||19||Jorge Alfaro, MIA||19||Mike Zunino, TB||19||Jonathan Lucroy, LAA|
|20||Willians Astudillo, MIN||20||Jonathan Lucroy, LAA||20||Jonathan Lucroy, LAA||20||Tucker Barnhardt, CIN||20||Tyler Flowers, ATL|
|21||Tucker Barnhart, CIN||21||Kurt Suzuki, WAS||21||Austin Hedges, SD||21||Wellington Castillo,CWS||21||Isiah Kiner-Felefa, TEX|
|22||Chris Iannetta, COL||22||Chris Ianetta, COL||22||Kurt Suzuki, WSH||22||Austin Hedges, SD||22||Carson Kelly, ARI|
|23||Austin Barnes, LAD||23||Austin Barnes, LAD||23||Austin Barnes, LAD||23||John Hicks, DET||23||Austin Hedges, SD|
|24||Carson Kelly, ARI||24||Elias Dias, PIT||24||Chris Iannetta, COL||24||Carson Kelly, ARI||24||Kurt Suzuki, WAS|
|25||Austin Hedges, SD||25||Isiah Kiner-Falefa, TEX||25||John Hicks, DET||25||Omar Narvaez, SEA||25||John Hicks, DET|