Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2011 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone. I’m not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers. Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2011 projections. This is a (legal-in-most-countries) supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2011 fantasy baseball. Now, guys (and three girl readers), I am not saying avoid catchers like Napoli, Geovany Soto, et al (which is not the Israeli airline). To get on this list, you need to be drafted later than 200 overall. And, to preemptively answer at least seven comments, yes, I will go around the entire infield, outfield and pitchers to target very late. Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2011 fantasy baseball:
J.P. Arencibia – He’s Napoli 100 picks later. Yes, Napoli has graduated to being a guy other Hacky McHackstein catchers strive to be.
Chris Iannetta – I wrote a sleeper post for Iannetta in 2009. He, um, yeah… I wrote a sleeper post for Iannetta in 2010. Never posted it because before I had a chance Miguel Olivo ended up there. Maybe I’ll release it one day on the B-side of my cassette single, ‘Perting Ain’t Easy. I didn’t want to write a sleeper post for Iannetta this year because I’m superstitious and while I was writing this post I was eating fried chicken while having sex with Margo Adams.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia – On one hand, I’ve been pleasantly surprised Salty’s ADP hasn’t been crazy inflated because he’s starting for the Red Sox. But since I’m never happy, I’m a little sad to see people not embracing Salty so late in drafts. He’s going on average 343th in drafts. He’s on the Red Sox and he’s starting. Dubya tee eff, people. Punt catcher, draft Salty. Oh, and if you’re worried about Varitek. He hasn’t been productive in five years. 2005 called and they said go ahead and draft Salty.
Russell Martin – It hurt me soul, Lupe Fiasco, to tell you to draft Martin, but on the Yankees? To quote my dead Jewish grandmother, you could do worse.
Jonathan Lucroy – I almost ranked him in the top 20 catchers, but I’m having a hard time figuring out his best case scenario. A fair Russell Martin year seems to be the top of his ceiling. I.e., 10 homers and 6 steals. It’s a’ight. Lucroy does have a starting job and is worth a really cheap gamble on in NL-Only leagues or very deep mixed ones.
Matt Wieters – He doesn’t fall into the ‘after 200′ cutoff, but it’s my blog, I do what I do. He’s ranked at 189 at ESPN. That’s bizz-onkers. I wish I could remember where they ranked him last year but I’m guessing in the 70s. For all of you who just started playing fantasy, or if Liam Neeson from Unknown is reading this, Wieters was Posey during last year’s preseason. He was a can’t miss prospect. Well, I guess ESPN thinks he’s over-the-hill. At 24 years old. Want your head to spin further? They gave Wieters the projections of 54/19/72/.280. Last year, Posey put up the line of 58/18/67/.305 and ranked 3rd for all of catchers. According to them! Yes, they say Wieters will put up a line that is pretty much equal to what their third best catcher did last year and rank him 189. Okay, wanna really get crazy? They have Posey’s 2011 projections down for 70/21/78/.291/1 and ranked 56th overall. So even if you believe what they say, 133 picks later you can have two less homers and some counting stats. Yes, please and thank you.