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  1. Wieters will be pushing the Penthouse on Park Avenue tier by the end of the season, count on it.

    Comment by Brett — February 15, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  2. OBP leagues should put Santana in the top tier ahead of Posey.

    Comment by Fantasy Jedi — February 15, 2011 @ 10:57 am

  3. Were these put together with a certain scoring system in mind?

    Comment by Mr. Clutch — February 15, 2011 @ 11:35 am

  4. Agree with fantasy jedi. Santana has the potential to be the best catcher in an obp/slg league. You would still expect Mauer to edge him but it wouldnt surprise me.

    Comment by Owen — February 15, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  5. Santana should be in the upper tier regardless. And I think he will outperform Mauer.

    Comment by Ray — February 15, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  6. All RotoGraphs contributors were asked to do a general ranking of all the players with no specific scoring system in mind. When I submitted mine to the lot, I kept the standard 5×5 categories in mind, using AVG rather than OBP. Each player received the points from their position in the rankings from each sheet, so obviously, the lower the “score” the better the rank.

    Comment by Howard Bender — February 15, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  7. Jesus Montero at 25th is an unbelievable value. If he can somehow get 300 ABs he will be a top 15 catcher. If he gets 400+ ABs then he’ll be top 10 and possibly top 5 or 6.

    Comment by RotoChamp — February 15, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

  8. Santana is as good or better than Posey and the conventional fantasy wisdom for 2011 that keeps ranking Posey a tier or so ahead of Santana based on the 2010 numbers (injury to Santana notwithstanding) is simply wrong. Going into 2012, that won’t be the case.

    Comment by K.L. Anderson — February 15, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  9. I think I’d move V-Mart up to possibly two for a couple of reasons.(assuming it’s a standard 5X5 league) One he has Ordonez and Cabrera hitting infront of him, two guys who regularly post .375+ OBPs so he should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs, and more importantly is that he is penciled in to play DH majority of the time which means less wear and tear and less days off. Not to mention the fact that he could end up being 1B eligible at some point since the Tigers have said that they will play him some there to spell Cabrera which is an added bonus. So even if his average ends up being slightly lower than somebody like Posey the fact that he should be in the lineup everyday whether it be DH, C or 1B would more than make up for it IMO.

    Comment by Matt C — February 15, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  10. I agree, personally I like Santana better than Posey but I guess it just boils down to personal preference since both guys are amazing talents.

    Comment by Matt C — February 15, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  11. “All RotoGraphs contributors were asked to do a general ranking of all the players with no specific scoring system in mind.”

    All due respect, that’s not the right answer. You all need to be on the same page. Pick something, even if it’s just the basic 5×5.

    Comment by lester bangs — February 15, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

  12. Is Napoli really still comfy living with the playing time concerns? Iannetta has close to his power without those concerns (and a similarly iffy avg) in the tier below…

    Comment by Nate — February 15, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

  13. When he stays healthy for more than 30 games, he will be.

    Whats amusing is the pedestal that Mauer gets put on, even though 1/3 of his HR’s all came in one (contract) year.

    Comment by descender — February 15, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  14. In 2012 when he gets 300 AB’s that sounds very logical.

    Comment by descender — February 15, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  15. Jaso might provide some sneaky value if he returns to batting 1st or maybe 2nd in the Rays lineup. He’s still kind of meh overall and has no power but it’s something to consider – especially if you’re in a 2 catcher league…

    Comment by Resolution — February 15, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

  16. Does Napoli really have any playing time concerns? Between catcher, 1B, and DH why wouldn’t he get 450-500 PA like the last two years?

    Comment by batpig — February 15, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

  17. Jaso is certainly interesting but will miss some ABs that he got last year at DH. Last year many days that he took off catching he would be in the DH spot. I don’t see that happening as much this year. Your other issue is in day to day transaction leagues you will never know for sure what madden will put out there as he will probably have 162 different lineups this year.

    Comment by bpoe13 — February 15, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  18. I realize this is an intro-type, summary article…. but grouping less than 40 catchers with little reasoning? wow, can pretty much get that from a grocery store magazine written in December.

    Comment by Hunter — February 15, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

  19. so there’s no chance Montero gets 300 ABs this season? Martin hasn’t proven he is healthy yet.

    Comment by ray — February 15, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  20. I like Napoli for atleast 450 ABs between C, 1B, and D this season, and if he can garner as many as he did last season, I can see him reaching the 30 HR plateau. I don’t have much confidence in the bat of Mitch Moreland and I think Texas will start to platoon the two fairly early in the season.

    Comment by Howard Bender — February 16, 2011 @ 3:28 am

  21. I’m also not a huge fan of his lack of speed. Maddon likes him in the leadoff spot because he can take a walk, but he certainly doesn’t get the green light on the bases. A decent average, maybe. Perhaps some decent runs scored when he’s batting leadoff, but I don’t see him throwing up much in the way of quality offensive totals.

    Comment by Howard Bender — February 16, 2011 @ 3:30 am

  22. Keep navigating through the site, Hunter. With every position ranking, there will be atleast half a dozen articles from us highlighting players as well.

    Comment by Howard Bender — February 16, 2011 @ 3:32 am

  23. I’m with descender on this one.

    Comment by Howard Bender — February 16, 2011 @ 3:33 am

  24. Do you mean OBP instead of BA? Or with BA and OBP? Or in either league?

    Comment by Wade8813 — February 16, 2011 @ 5:45 am

  25. cool. I apologize. definately checking the site a day later and there is a ton of follow-up on catchers. I spoke too soon.

    Comment by Hunter — February 16, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

  26. It’s now almost a month later and I’d like to know where all the catcher follow ups are…be nice to have them cross-linked.

    Or perhaps there is an easy way to get there and I’m just a boob.

    Comment by Jimbo — March 8, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  27. It’s “toe the line”, not “tow the line”.

    Comment by Vlad — March 9, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  28. just go to the RotoGraphs main page and you’ll just have to scroll down until you hit the other catcher articles. You’ve got to wade through all the other positions and a number of ottoneu articles to get there.

    Quite a ways down, so here are some links:

    also, updated rankings should be coming soon….

    Comment by Howard Bender — March 9, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

  29. I am biased, but I strongly disagree with your assesment of RAMOS. He looks everybit the star catcher we are hoping he is right now. If we can only find a politically correct way of convincing PUDGE to be the full time backup and still mentor willingly, then Ramos will be a top 5 catcher in the game by years end. He is a super hard guy to get out, has linedrive power and has much better defensive skills than I hoped. He is awsome right now!!

    Comment by Kick me in the GONATS — April 25, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

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