2015 Catcher Rankings: Roto

Buster Posey

With less than two weeks to opening day it is time for some much needed rankings and tiers as people begin their drafts. And today we start with my catcher rankings for Roto-style leagues. As a wrinkle to the traditional rankings or tiers systems, I will be ranking players within tiers. The reason for this is potentially you may be in a position where you feel you have to select between two players in the same tier.

When using my rankings/tiers you should know that I rank almost solely based on how I feel those players will end the season and not with a view to current ADP’s. Catcher is a good example because I see d’Arnaud breaking out and have him as my 6th ranked catcher, but that doesn’t mean I would take him where the guys around him are going when ADP suggest I can get him 5-10 rounds later. What it does mean, is that rather than waiting for the 17th round, where he’s currently going, I would look to take him in the 16th because I feel that that draft position offers fantastic value for a player I expect to give you the same/better final output as someone going in the ninth round. The danger here is that if you wait on someone like d’Arnaud and then he goes in the 15th round to someone else, then you’ve missed out on the whole of the solid number one options tier, and probably half of the next tier as well.

N.B. Any ADP referenced here is according to fantasy pros and includes both one and two catcher leagues.

The Elite

  1. Buster Posey, SF

The So-Nearly Elite

  1. Jonathan Lucroy, MIL
  2. Devin Mesoraco, CIN
  3. Evan Gattis, HOU

Solid #1 Options

  1. Salvador Perez
  2. Travis d’Arnaud
  3. Yadier Molina
  4. Brian McCann
  5. Yan Gomes

Low End #1’s/High End #2’s

  1. Miguel Montero, CHC
  2. Russell Martin, TOR
  3. Mike Zunino, SEA
  4. Jason Castro, HOU
  5. Matt Wieters, BAL
  6. Wilson Ramos, WAS
  7. Yasmani Grandal, LAD

Mid-Range #2’s

  1. Derek Norris, SD
  2. John Jaso, TB
  3. Dioner Navarro, TOR
  4. Robinson Chirinos, TEX

Massive Upside

  1. Willin Rosario

Low End #2’s

  1. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  2. Francisco Cervelli
  3. Kurt Suzuki
  4. Alex Avila
  5. Rene Rivera

Deep League #2’s

  1. Chris Ianetta
  2. Carlos Ruiz
  3. Tyler Flowers
  4. Christian Vazquez

Bonus Value

Stephen Vogt starts the year only DH eligible and hence doesn’t make this list but if he gets catcher value he falls into the bottom of the top end #2’s. The issue: is he worth carrying for potentially a month on your bench and using a spot that can be used elsewhere on upside at a different position?

2 Comments

  1. MJ

    March 26, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Vogt already qualifies in my league so to me he is definitely worth grabbing as my backup catcher (we only use one catcher). Also, I’d put Ianetta right up there with Vogt. He won’t be sharing the position this year with Conger and should get over 400 at bats…if not close to 500.

    • Ben Rolfe

      March 26, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I don’t tend to draft a backup catcher but Vogt is right up there for consideration. I see Butera getting a fair few ABs and Iannetta isn’t a brilliant producer which holds his value down for me

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