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Catcher Consensus Ranks for the Second Half

Rankings week is mercifully drawing to a close, with only the pitchers left for Monday. It makes sense to close the offense with catchers, in a way — they are the least likely position to make an offensive impact on your fantasy team. Sure, middle infielders hit for a worse batting line, but catchers are close, and they accrue fewer plate appearances. Their teams need to watch out for their knees and always employ a tandem at the position — only five catchers are projected to accrue more than 500 at-bats this year by the updated ZiPs, and that’s not a ton. By contrast, there are three first baseman that might crack 600 at-bats, and 21 that should cross the 500 at-bat threshold.

Catchers: not only are they doing it worse, they’re doing it less often. Maybe that’s a boon, actually. Sometimes, especially in two-catcher leagues, it makes sense just to leave that space unfilled. Many of these guys are just going to hurt your team more with every plate appearance.

This is not to denigrate the position entirely. There are plenty of fine young catchers that can swing the stick a little. Matt Wieters is pretty good. Joe Mauer might hit ten home runs this year. Yadier Molina might hit 20… really? Yadier Molina? Maybe. Dude never hit ten before last season. Then again, A.J. Pierzynski has already tied his career high in home runs at the tender age of 35. Never say never.

But you get the point. This is not a sexy position. If you’ve got a top option at the position, hold him tight and let him know how much he means to you.


FanGraphs Consensus Rankings:
Catcher
New Last Player Name Eno Sarris Mike Podhorzer Jeff Zimmerman Zach Sanders
1 3 Buster Posey 1 3 1 1
2 4 Joe Mauer 5 2 2 2
3 1 Mike Napoli 2 1 5 5
4 5 Brian McCann 4 5 3 7
5 6 Matt Wieters 3 4 4 9
6 9 Yadier Molina 8 7 6 3
7 8 Miguel Montero 6 8 11 8
8 2 Carlos Santana 7 6 7 14
9 19 Carlos Ruiz 11 13 9 4
10 13 A.J. Pierzynski 9 12 8 10
11 7 Jesus Montero 12 9 10 19
12 10 Alex Avila 10 10 18 13
13 26 Salvador Perez 15 18 15 6
14 16 Ryan Doumit 13 11 21 11
15 21 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 14 14 22 12
16 12 J.P. Arencibia 16 16 12 22
17 17 Jonathan Lucroy 17 20 14 16
18 N/A Wilin Rosario 20 17 13 21
19 15 Russell Martin 18 15 19 29
20 N/A Yasmani Grandal 21 21 29 17
21 23 Devin Mesoraco 24 23 16 26
22 14 Geovany Soto 19 19 24 30
23 20 Ramon Hernandez 22 26 26 18
24 29 A.J. Ellis 26 22 34 15
25 28 Ryan Hanigan 25 24 31 20
26 18 Kurt Suzuki 27 27 20 28
27 24 Josh Thole 23 29 24 27
28 27 John Buck 28 30 28 24
29 30 Rod Barajas 32 25 23 32
30 33 John Jaso 30 33 30 23
31 31 Yorvit Torrealba 29 28 35 33
32 32 Miguel Olivo 35 31 27 34
33 22 Chris Iannetta 33 35 36 25
34 34 Jason Castro 34 32 33 31
35 N/A Tyler Flowers 36 34 32 36
36 25 Nick Hundley 31 36 37 35
37 11 Wilson Ramos 37 37 37 37