After going over my top 10 for 2017 fantasy baseball and top 20 for 2017 fantasy baseball (clickbait!), I move onto the one post all year that make all the ladies say ‘Ooooh…’ The manner in which those ladies in question say ‘Ooooh…’ is as such, “Ooooh…So, are we going to the mall after you’re done reading that fantasy baseball nonsense or can we go now and, while I’m shopping, you sit outside Orange Julius reading that shizz while I’m dropping buckets of duckets on earrings?  And, no, we can’t go to Lush so you can play with the handmade soaps.”  It’s better if we leave it at, this post makes all the ladies say ‘Ooooh…’  The ellipsis says enough, I think.  The projections noted in the post are my own, and I mention where tiers start and stop.  I also mention a bunch of hullabaloo, so let’s get to it.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 catchers for 2017 fantasy baseball:

1. Gary Sanchez – This is the first tier.  This tier goes from here until Schwarber.  I call this tier, “The new guard.”  Guess what the next tier name is.  If you said the ‘The Wildebeest guard,’ you’re Siri, and think this tier name was ‘The Gnu guard.’  No, the next tier is clearly going to be the Old Guard.  After that, the guards get intermingled.  Most of you know how I feel about catchers.  If you draft a catcher any time before the first 100 picks, you don’t know how I feel about catchers.  Let me freshen up your cocktail with a splash of insight.  I don’t draft top catchers in one catcher leagues.  I Reggie Roby them.  Last year, Lucroy was the top ranked catcher at the end of year.  Yet, he was only the 77th best player for all of fantasy, about the same value as Eric Hosmer and Carlos Beltran.  That’s right, the 14th best 1st baseman and an 84-year-old outfielder were as valuable as the best catcher.  The best catcher can’t spray aerosol deodorant on the top guy for another position.  Hmm, maybe I should’ve called this tier, Right Guard.  Or maybe that’s Wrong Guard.  Or ‘en garde’ if you try to put a catcher on my team.  Only 12 catchers last year ended the year ranked in the top 250 overall.  That means only 12 catchers had positive fantasy values.  In other words, if you drafted any catchers below the top 12 for more than zero dollars, you lost value.  As for Sanchez, I’m actually excited about seeing what this tier of catchers can do.  That in no way indicates I will be drafting any of them.  Gary Sanchez is slang for a Dirty Sanchez performed in Gary, Indiana, and he’s also the cream of the crap.  2017 Projections:  71/27/82/.260/3 in 471 ABs

2. Kyle Schwarber – For all my rankings, I use the 2017 fantasy baseball position eligibility chart.  And, by chart, I mean, thing I wrote after sniffing glue.  My jorts is ten games.  Hmm, shouldn’t have used a thesaurus and just used the word cutoff.  But, and this is a strangely alluring but like you’d find with a female bodybuilder, Schwarber doesn’t have ten games anywhere, and he might not have catcher eligibility.  If you want to know everything you need to know about Yahoo fantasy, Google “Schwarber catcher eligibility.”  You get a Yahoo representative telling people Schwarber will have catcher eligibility and, two weeks later, someone else from Yahoo says he won’t have catcher eligibility.  For a major company, their fantasy product is run like this, “Is Schwarber a catcher in 2017?”  Guy who barely knows anything about baseball but knows a lot about programming, “Yeah, I put it in the system that he’s a catcher.”  But the other scenario that is possible is the same guy says, “Nah, Willson Converse (sic) is the Cubs catcher.”  You think I’m joking.  2017 Projections: 81/26/90/.248/5 in 488 ABs

3. Jonathan Lucroy – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Posey.  I call this tier, “The old guard.”  Lucroy and Posey are going different ways.  It’s a small sample size — that’s what she said! — but Lucroy hit more fly balls last year and pulled a ton of them.  It’s almost like he channeled Public Enemy and sung, “I’m a catcher so my plate is your home, but welcome to the Homerdome!”  It’s hard to say his changes last year are here to stay, but what’s not hard to know is last year was the ceiling and it wasn’t a top 75 overall fantasy year, so let the catcher get wicked (on someone else’s team).  2017 Projections: 71/19/82/.283/5 in 480 ABs

4. Buster Posey – It’s fair to point out that I haven’t written the top 100 yet, but I’m not sure Posey is going to make it.  If I had to guess, I’d say he will, but only the tail end, which is the wrong side for a guy named Posey.  Hey now!  It’s always fun when a guy wouldn’t have to change his name if he were to start a porn career.  Buster Posey would work just fine.  Last year, his homers went from 19 to 14 and that had a lot to do with his ground balls getting wonky terrible.  That doesn’t always come back for some guys, so I’m kinda between a rock and a place where Posey’s now a 15-homer guy with a .280 average (hit enough ground balls and some will get caught).  Either way, I wouldn’t draft a catcher yet.  2017 Projections: 78/16/86/.291/4 in 515 ABs

5. Willson Contreras – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Grandal.  I call this tier, “Your least favorite word is moist, my least favorite is catcher.”  This tier will likely entice a few of you, but I implore you to lay off of these schmohawks.  This is the trickiest tier, because a lot of people understand punting the first tiers, but, by this point, they start to consider drafting a catcher, and it is just a total waste.  Here’s you, “Meh, is Khris Davis really that good?  I think I’m gonna take Contreras.”  That pains me to read even if it’s just a hypothetical you.  Okay, I guess I’m only hypothetically upset.  And for those of you that want to say, “If you don’t want to draft Contreras and will draft, say, Tom Murphy, then why not rank them in that order?”  Murphy shouldn’t be drafted until these other schmohawks are off the board, and if he is, then whatevs and you take a different catcher even later.  None of these guys are going to stay on your team, so why waste a top 200 pick on one.  As for Contreras, if he wasn’t on the Cubs, you wouldn’t even know who he was.  Cust kayin’.  2017 Projections: 62/16/74/.267/4 in 451 ABs

6. Salvador Perez – This guy is like the Adam Eaton of catchers.  He’s enticing because he plays more than anyone else, but, because he plays every day, his value per game goes way down.  Would you prefer Evan Gattis who gets 20 homers in 110 games or Perez who gets 22 homers in 145 games?  Why did you answer bologna?  That wasn’t an option.  2017 Projections: 55/22/73/.256/1 in 535 ABs

7. Russell Martin – One small note about this tier.  It’s a lot more attractive in a two-catcher league where you’d like to get one boring guy that is locked in as the starting catcher and should accumulate decent counting stats.  J. Russell Coltrane Dizzy Simone Dean Martin has made his living in that ‘boring, but useful everyday catcher’ role.  2017 Projections:  68/20/78/.235/4 in 465 ABs

8. J.T. Realmuto – Not to single out Realmuto, but he’s everything wrong with everyday catchers.  Okay, that kinda was singling him out.  Last year, he was the 5th best catcher.  His stats:  60/11/48/.303/12 in 509 ABs.  Should call him J.T. Adameato.  I’m sorry, a 10/10 guy doesn’t excite me at any position unless it’s coming with 120 runs, 60 RBIs and a .320 average.  None of which Just Tropical Realmuto will be doing.  2017 Projections:  54/10/57/.281/11 in 451 ABs

9. Yasmani Grandal – Last year, OBPWulf had 27 homers and that’s just the beginning!  *sees stats*  And that’s the end too!  Well, at least OBPWulf’s blurb is shorter to read than Beowulf.  2017 Projections: 57/20/69/.240/2 in 423 ABs

10. Brian McCann – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Ramos.  I call this tier, “Stop holding your junk and start drafting some junk.”  If the tier name wasn’t obvious enough, at this point in drafts, I’m drafting.  Here’s what I said this offseason, “Traded to the Astros.  The Yankees are your newly-divorced dad.  They broke it off with their old bittie, and now are trying to get themselves a squeeze that is half their age.  Whether that marriage was to A-Rod or Te(i)x, McCann was the stepchild that had to go too.  “Sorry, Brian, but as your stepdaddy, I’d like to say I never really loved you, but tried to make it work when I was in that backwards AF marriage.  I’ve cancelled your credit card, and good luck.”  That’s the Yankees saying goodbye to McCann.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2017 Projections:  66/19/75/.237/1 in 418 ABs

11. Evan Gattis – Yes, there’s some platoon shituations with this tier.  As I alluded to in the Perez blurb, does it really matter with a catcher?  So, you get a few less runs and RBIs, you also get 75 less at-bats of a bleh batting average.  Gattis, or as he likes to be called El Osso Buco, may be on the outside of an everyday playing job, but I still veal like Osso Buco can shank out 20 HRs from April ’til marrow.  2017 Projections:  39/20/56/.255/2 in 369 ABs

12. Matt Wieters – You should not confuse “Draft this tier” with “I’m especially impressed with this tier.”  I never said I liked this tier.  In a 12-team, mixed, one-catcher league, everyone drafts one catcher (unless you’re in a league with some total jackasses), so this is the edge of draftable.  To compare apples and oranges, think of drafting Wieters as comparable to drafting Fernando Rodney.  I’m saying to draft a catcher now, I’m not saying, “Yay, these guys are awesome.”  Wieters is so unawesome, no one even wanted to sign him this offseason.  It got to the point at the Winter Meetings where Wieters was working the valet stand just to get face-time with the GMs.  Also, if Wieters is pegged to DH at some point this offseason, don’t fall into a Catch-162 situation.  UPDATE:  Wieters signed with the Nationals, moving approximately 38 minutes south.  Though, Waze says I can make the drive in 34 minutes if I cross through Hamsterdam and do 75 MPH on the I-95 shoulder.  Thanks for the directions, Waze!  I looked to see how much Wieters DH’d last year to gauge how much he might sit this year, but he didn’t play much DH at all (seven starts).  The pitching and parks will be a little tougher, but Wieters should be good for the occasional homer and not much else.  2017 Projections:  45/18/54/.249/1 in 407 ABs

13. Cameron Rupp – There were some positive gains last year for Rupp, and maybe, just maybe he’s on the *pinkie to mouth* Rupp swing!  C’mon, high five the crap out of me!  C’mon!  No?  Okay.  Rupp hit 16 homers in only 105 games last year and he’s a big guy in a good homer park.  Hey, when you’re looking for an interesting catcher, do you really need more?  2017 Projections:  40/19/58/.241/1 in 412 ABs

14. Derek Norris – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Norris) acquired by the Nats.  The NL East got its second d’Arnaud catcher, only this one spells his name, Der-No.”  And that’s me quoting me!  UPDATE:  With Wieters’ signing, Norris will become the highest-priced backup catcher (on the Nats; I honestly don’t know his salary or what other backup catchers are getting).  UPDATE II:  Signed with the Rays, which essentially moves his value back to where it was when he first signed with the Nats, only without the good lineup around him.  This will also put Norris in mortal danger, because he’s now replacing Psycho Killer, Curt Casali.  2017 Projections: 48/15/51/.237/6 in 458 ABs

15. Travis d’Arnaud – He’s been battling injuries forever.  Last year, it was a shoulder injury.  Speaking of shoulders, doesn’t the beginning of his last name look like someone putting their hand under their armpit?  Hmm, maybe it’s just me.  He had a .218 ISO in 2015, that would’ve been on par with Hanley and Justin Turner this past year.  So, worth the flyer for power, but wouldn’t expect a ton.  2017 Projections:  41/14/48/.259/1 in 404 ABs

16. Stephen Vogt –  He’s currently penciled in the two-hole.  I don’t believe that will stay that way all season, but since there’s so little downside with catchers, I could see grabbing Vogt on the chance he stays there.  More than likely, something will happen to delegitimize Vogt, maybe Russian hackers.  2017 Projections: 57/14/44/.255 in 415 ABs

17. Andrew Susac –  Right now, he’s the everyday catcher for the Brewers, has 20-homer power and could have a .350+ OBP!  What’s not to love?!  Well, he hasn’t played much in the majors and he’ll be 27 in March.  However (save us, However, save us!), he did have Posey in front of him up until the move to Milwaukee.  I can talk myself into Susac being a 20+ homer guy with a decent average, but I can also see how he sits a bunch for Jett Bandy and Susac becomes Suckass.  2017 Projections: 38/16/51/.251 in 375 ABs

18. Welington Castillo – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Orioles.  Every year, boeuf Welington looks like he could break out, but either teams don’t play him or he gets injured.  Seems like Welington has gotten a raw deal.  So, does that make him carpaccio?  Hopefully, he doesn’t lose too many at-bats to Caleb Joseph and his Amazing Shittycolor Dreamcoat.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2017 Projections:  38/16/59/.239/1 in 390 ABs

19. Wilson Ramos – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Rays.  Ramos is recovering from an ACL tore, the 2nd one he’s endured.  That’s one injury stamp card you probably don’t want to fill up as a catcher.  I couldn’t see a concrete timetable — where’s Stonehenge when you need it? — for Ramos’ return, but I’d guess June.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2017 Projections:  31/13/41/.274 in 305 ABs

20. Yadier Molina – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Leon.  I call this tier, “Will get at-bats, and make you wish they weren’t.”  Again, in two-catcher leagues, getting at-bats from your catcher is important, and I’d move this tier above the previous tier in those leagues, but in most redraft leagues, these guys are going to be on and off waivers about twelve hundred times in the course of the year*.  *Twelve hundred is a rough estimate.  As for Yadier, there’s always a strong contingency of people who like Molina more than they should, and he gets drafted in a lot of leagues where he shouldn’t.  Let’s call these people ‘Cards fans’ or ‘people who confuse real baseball with fantasy.’  2017 Projections: 53/7/57/.288/3 in 490 ABs

21. Sandy Leon – You kinda need to rank catchers to appreciate this, but I want to rank every catcher 15th overall and be done with it.  The 15th catcher being the last catcher drafted in most 12 team leagues.  (Figure Schwarber’s drafted as an OF, and some schmohawk gets goofy with themselves and drafts two catchers.)  Is Leon all that different than Vogt?  Yes, technically, he is.  Vogt has more power, will get better counting stats, will see some DH at-bats, but would I drop Vogt by mid-April for Leon, if Leon is hot?  Yes, hence they’re basically the same.  Same goes really for two-thirds of this post.  As for Sandy, if he has a .390+ BABIP again, he’s gonna be great!  2017 Projections:  58/6/55/.255/1 in 398 ABs

22. Devin Mesoraco – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Flowers.  I call this tier, “So, you’re in a deep, two catcher league?”  Tier name is pretty straightforward.  There’s some upside with this tier and they’re worth drafting in two-catcher leagues, but there’s also huge downside.  And, in Mesoraco’s case, there’s a frontside that looks like a backside.  If you were to tell me Mesoraco will start 120 games in 2017, I’d say, “Draft him as long as ‘Handsome’ isn’t a category in your league.”  Will Mesoraco, or as I like to call him Uncle Fester, start 120 games?  I’d take the under on 80 games.  2017 Projections:  41/15/55/.245/1 in 365 ABs

23. Austin Hedges – Is there any truth to the rumor that Austin Hedges’ full name is Austin Hedges Menthol Lights?   Asking for my dead grandmother.  Apparently, Hedges is the starting Padres catcher, and he had 21 homers in Triple-A (PCL) with a .326 average.  The Padres should really consider not having their minor leaguers play in a Coors-like atmosphere only to promote them to a rather sobering environment.  2017 Projections:  32/15/46/.226/1 in 402 ABs

24. James McCann – This guy is also sometimes called, “Crap, a giant bug was on my computer screen and all I could see was his last name.  Can we pause the draft and let me re-pick?” 2017 Projections:  42/14/56/.251 in 424 ABs

25. Jett Bandy – This guy is A) Friend of Crash Bandicoot who had a spinoff video game called, Jett Bandy’s Wild Ride.  B) The Monkees’ manager. C) There’s no C. D) No one really knows who Jett Bandy is.  E) The Brewers’ backup catcher.  F) A Yakuza boss who owns a sneaker shop in Roppongi.  G) All the above.  H) Could have surprising power in Miller Park if he plays.  I bet you’re picking G, but I’m highly suspicious of you picking ‘All of the Above’ prior to reading all the choices.  2017 Projections:  25/13/31/.243/2 in 289 ABs

26. Mike Zunino – You don’t necessarily want Zunino playing every day, unless to balance his average on your fantasy team, you also have 2004 Ichiro, 1994 Tony Gwynn and 1924 Rogers Hornsby.  2017 Projections: 37/17/49/.204/1 in 391 ABs

27. Chris Iannetta – Signed this offseason by the Diamondbacks.  Iannetta replaced Herrmann as the starting catcher, which is sort of a whatever move, until you see Herrmann had real promise and Iannetta couldn’t even get a promise ring from the Promise Keepers.  2017 Projections:  41/10/44/.217/1 in 371 ABs

28. Yan Gomes – Fun fact!  GOMES stands for Guron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.  Four Great Lakes and one lake that someone’s forgotten the name of.  So, was a bit of a lost season for Gomes last year.  *sees his career*  Okay, so his big 2014 season might be the outlier.  Gotcha.  Loud and clear.  2017 Projections:  45/13/49/.237 in 389 ABs

29. Tom Murphy – I already gave you my Tom Murphy fantasy.  I wrote it while thinking, “How is there no ‘downtime’ with this procedure? It’s all downtime, isn’t it?”  As for the playing time for Murphy, Wolters is currently penciled in as the starter, but Wolters is a 3-homer, .240 hitter IN COORS (caps for emphasis, not due to sticky keys).  If the Rockies don’t make the right move and go with Murphy, then sigh and you drop him.  At catcher, it’s worth the flyer.  This, after all, will be around 225 overall in the rankings.  UPDATE:  Murphy fractured his forearm, which means he has 2/4arm?  There should be some kind of law about something always going wrong for Murphy.  Not sure what we’d call that law.  Rockies said he’ll be out for four to six weeks, but a fractured forearm sounds like it would take at least two months.  2017 Projections: 22/10/38/.241/1 in 225 ABs

30. Tyler Flowers – He’s like the NL version of Zunino.  April-owning Flowers, leaves one with May-hoping-for-batting-average-streamer showers.  <–Totally a saying!  2017 Projections:  31/15/47/.227 in 381 ABs

31. Jason Castro – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “A Scuba instructor waving his hand, motioning to go back up, you’re too deep.”  This offseason Castro signed with the Twins.  Castro is reliable; he hit 11 HRs and .211 in 2015, and 11 HRs and .210 in 2016.  The preceding is an example of how the adjective reliable isn’t always a positive.  2017 Projections:  37/10/41/.221/2 in 367 ABs

32. Curt Casali – It’s the Psycho Killer!  Curt Casali! Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better catchers out there.  Run run run run run run run away.  2017 Projections:  29/12/34/.222 in 298 ABs

33. Geovany Soto – The White Sox are gonna be so fun to watch this year (for Cubs fans who are a bunch of haters).  2017 Projections:  32/10/46/.223 in 304 ABs

34. Francisco Cervelli – He had one homer last year, but it was only in 101 games.  If he catches a 162 games this year and one of those games goes into 435 extra innings, I could see Cervelli putting together a ten homer season.  2017 Projections: 42/3/39/.259/5 in 364 ABs

35. Tony Wolters –  In 71 games last year, he had 3 homers.  That breaks down to roughly one homer every time Kanye says something not related to Kanye.  2017 Projections:  32/5/37/.266/5 in 305 ABs

36. Chris Herrmann – Doesn’t this guy sound like a baseball version of Pat?  Clock’s ticking on Chris Herrmann…Like in a biological way?  Or maybe Chris can wait until 60 to start a family?  Chris, would you say you’re more like your mother or father?  A perfect combination of both, huh?  Sigh…. It’s Chris Herrmann!  2017 Projections:  21/6/31/.224/3 in 276 ABs

37. Bruce Maxwell – If you think drafting Maxwell is a good idea, I say Get Smart.  2017 Projections: 26/7/38/.243 in 347 ABs

38. Omar Narvaez – Fun fact!  When Omar showed up in The Wire, the hood rats would get “Narvaez.”  2017 Projections:  27/3/32/.271/2 in 289 ABs

 
  1. Member Berries says:
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    Happy Birthday, Mr Fantasy Master Lothario

    Thanks for making me a lazier yet more insightful fantasy master. Work smarter not harder, right? May your mustache grow to magnificent lengths

    Time to trade Gattis – I tell you, the white man cant get no breaks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Member Berries: Thanks, Member Berries! I’m here to service you, not in that way, Berries

  2. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    anybody want to take bets on the chances ramos gets 220 at bats this year and ends up ranked even 25th? wondering what kind of odds i should lay.

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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        @Grey: so i’d be getting the 3-1 saying he won’t get 220 at bats AND at least end season as 25th overall catcher or better, as i’d think most people would say he would do those. i’d certainly take 3-1 on my claim.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  3. Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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    nobody that’s ever dealt with yahoo gonna yahoo thinks you are joking.

  4. The Theory says:
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    god, I say this every year, but what a cesspool.

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: It’s debatable. Nick Hundley was in the top 10 last year along with Darno and Devin Mess (of a face) raco

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, there’s always busts, but it feels real weak this year, it might be better by end of year

          • SwaggerJackers says:
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            @Grey: It’s liberating to basically cross the position off the list during the draft and grab whatever pile of garbage is left at the end.

            I’ve embraced your approach and it saves the hassle of actually researching catchers. I’m guessing I’ll end up with someone like Rupp and will begin scab picking after a few weeks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rupp will be decent, and prolly on your team for about a week until you move to a hot hand

  5. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    alright, so
    – in 12’s where 1 or 2 draft backups hope for murphy in competitive league (which ain’t coming unless he starts year in minors), end up with wieters or rupp. or end up with vogt/susac. if vogt is hitting in 2 hole i’m huge on starting year with him (assuming it’s possible to draft him in the middle 300’s.
    – in 12’s with deep benches (effectively 14 teamers) where 4-5 idiots draft backups get susac probably everywhere, hopefully at around pick 320 or so.
    – in 16’s and up punt completely and end up with susac (or zunino like last year)
    leon/gattis/molina/ramos (stashed)/mccann (old one) and beef will go too high from “name value” or that people remember them being good at one point.
    susac appears to be like last year’s hundley and previous to that year’s (i think) mesoraco.

  6. David says:
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    5×5 14 team yahoo with OBP replacing AVG. 2000 pitching innings limit. Which 3 should I keep?

    Goldschmidt Round 1
    Polanco, Belt Round 5
    Kluber Round 7
    C.Davis, Salazar, H. Perez Round 15

    Thanks

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @David: Goldy, Kluber, Chris Davis (because it is OBP; LY in a bad season, Davis was 85th in OBP and 144th in AVG). Maybe I’d go Polanco if you don’t have a corner slot. Davis only played 3 games in the OF last year, so he shouldn’t be eligible in OF anywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: Agree with Curious

  7. Tigres says:
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    On the one hand, these catchers are awful. On the other hand, “Rupp swing” is comedy gold! I will remember that one this summer when I’m camping on the shores Lake Guron.

  8. jack florida says:
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    happy birthday

  9. Troy says:
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    Is it crazy or crazy like a fox for me to keep Sanchez $3 and Schwarber $6 in a standard one catcher league with just 3 keepers? They seem to be the best value options I have.

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Troy: Yikes… no. Keep 3? Your first three draft picks would be Sanchez, Schwarber, and X. Even if X is a triple crown winner this year, you’re in trouble.

      • MikeY says:
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        @CMUTimmah: It seems to be an auction league since he listed dollar values, so he wouldn’t have draft picks and could get other decent players.

        I’d definitely think about it. Those guys are easily going to get bought for way more than those prices..

        • Troy says:
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          @MikeY: yes it’s an auction league. I figure even at OSchwaber is value $6. But I could always trade him if/when he gains C eligibility

          • @Troy: If you truly have no others of value to hold onto at such compelling salaries, I actually like the idea of building a team around two cheap longshot catchers. 1. It automatically gives you a unique strategy and, at least, you won’t have to fret about catchers in the draft or overpay for them if there’s a run (if anything your action might cause a run!). 2. And even if the two young catchers bust you haven’t busted your bank. 3. And what Goethe said: “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Troy: obviously depends a lot on what your other options are, but I’d likely throw Schwarber back and let others pay an inflated price for him.

      • Troy says:
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        @Curious George Springer:

        I was thinking that but at $6, I could keep him and trade him for someone more valuable.

        • Curious George Springer says:
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          @Troy: Can you trade him now? Right now you have leverage because other league mates know you have the option to throw him back, so they have a potential windfall. after the draft they’ll know you need to move him.

          • Troy says:
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            @Curious George Springer: I could try and move him now, but there’s not much engagement in the off season. We have a UTL spot and Schwarber will still be a top 30 OF, so I could use him there until he gains C eligibility then swap him for a more valuable player.

    • DisEnFranchised says:
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      @Troy: Well without knowing your other options it’s a little hard to say for sure; but Sanchez at $3 is a good value. if you figure Schwarber as a solid OF3, then it seems good to me.

    • Grey

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      @Troy: Depends on options

  10. Tim says:
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    Grey- love the rankings. Here’s my keeper predicament:

    Must:
    Lester (1)
    Sale(2)
    Bumgarner (3)
    Mookie (13)
    Turner (18)

    Then I have to pick 1 of either Edwin (4) or Sanchez (11). Sanchez seems like the guy to go with given the value, but he’s also a big regression candidate and reliable power bats like Edwin are hard to find. Which do you keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tim: Edwin

  11. MikeY says:
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    Schwarber will be OF only on Yahoo & ESPN.

    If players don’t have 5 starts/10 games (Yahoo) or 10 starts/20 games (ESPN) at any position, they go by the position he played the most during the previous year.

    Schwarber played 2 games as LF in 2016 and nothing else in the regular season (playoff don’t count), so he’s OF only.

    No telling how long until he gets C eligibility because they still have Montero & Contreras.

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @MikeY: Schwarber will likely have C next to his name by late May for Yahoo, assuming he plays a game a week at C (with the exception of interleague play). Montero may be moved at some point in spring training as teams figure out their plan for C isn’t working out.

      Schwarber still has some value at OF… so he’s a lottery ticket for C. I’m probably not paying the price for it though.

      • MikeY says:
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        @CMUTimmah: Right. I’m not saying he won’t get it, but he won’t have it for the start of the season. Actually, with ESPN’s eligibility requirements, he might not get it on there.

    • Grey

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      @MikeY: Yahoo has said Schwarber will be a catcher, whether they keep to it, like I said in the post, I’m not sure

  12. Copperhead Road says:
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    Thank God this ranking post is over. Bring on the First Baggers!!

      • Robert says:
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        @Grey: Not so loud, more Sotto Voce… if you will

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I will

  13. Copperhead Road says:
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    Oh, and Happy Birthday…

  14. Chris says:
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    Hello Gray,

    Morning!!!

    in a 12th Team mix, keeper league, which 3 players would you keep (because of trades from last year, I don’t have round 2 and 3):

    Arenado
    Encarnacion
    Starlin Marte
    Nelson Cruz
    Yu Darvish
    Arrieta

    I’m considering keeping a SP since, I dont have rd 2 and 3.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    regards,
    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Arenado, Marte, Edwin

  15. NCPhilly says:
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    His agent, er – producer, wants Posey to change his name to Busty Poser.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NCPhilly: They’re always meddling!

  16. Matty says:
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    Oh man.
    Here I was hoping that my one dollar catchers (Avila and Suzuki) in a deep two catcher dynasty would project to be tolerable enough to make the top 35 and be keepable, but, alas, I’ll be shopping through this trash heap come draft day.
    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

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      @Matty: No problem

  17. Branta says:
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    Do you think Sanchez is worth a keeper slot if that slot is determined by where his ADP is this year due to the fact that he was a FA pickup and not drafted?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Branta: Depends on your other options and how many you keep. But I don’t think that eliminates him. Grey is talking standard league drafts… and saying that he devalues the catch position because playing time evens things out more than other positions, which is true. Why take a guy that plays like a top 100 player for 120 games when you can get a top 100 player for 145 games? But, if you’re getting Sanchez in the 25th round because of your rules, he’s an option. Just depends if he’s a better option than others (say Trea Turner was drafted in the late rounds, he’s a better option to keep)

    • Grey

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      @Branta: What’s his ADP? 75 overall? Then it’s likely okay, but do you have other options?

  18. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Thank goodness the rankings are coming out! In my 12 team AL only keeper league would you trade Victor Martinez($20) and Ken Giles($18) and Barreto($1) for Verlander($16). Thanks again!

  19. Jason Eldred says:
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    I was surprised to see All Avila didn’t make it. He’s a stud. Haha thanks for the post!

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    How many Schmo’s do you see bragging after their draft that they drafted Sanchez and Schwarber? (in the 5th and 7th rounds, no doubt)

    What do you think about Swihart this year? I honestly have no idea what his situation is, but I remember him being fairly interesting (particularly if his draft stock is so low).

    Thanks!

      • LarryA says:
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        @Grey: Can we still consider Swihart as something? Like is he a better keeper than most catching prospects (hedges, alfaro, etc)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Swihart is being projected for one homer in 16 games by Steamer… He has Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez in front of him…. If Swihart wasn’t a Red Sox player, would you be interested?

          • LarryA says:
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            @Grey: I just remember him being high on many prospect lists 2-3 years ago. #17 in 2004. I dont think hes a bust yet, but has everyone given up on him already after 1/2 season?

            • Grey

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              He’s not a bust, but his path to at-bats is not clear for this year

              • Joe Shmoe says:
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                @Grey: This shmoe got them in the 4th and 6th rounds… so there!

                Happy Birthday Mr. Grey!

                • Grey

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                  Haha… thanks!

        • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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          @LarryA: swihart played LF last year, probably will do so again if he’s in majors.

  21. Burningbridges247 says:
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    So much truth in that Gary Sanchez ranking, and I am SO glad most people utterly ignore it. Having the “top” catcher go for anywhere from $15-$25 in my league while I buy a guy who might be the starter and work the waiver. There is always, ALWAYS a catcher that comes out of nowhere and surprises everyone- you just have to pick him up. Great write up as always, Grey. Daiquiri incoming.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Burningbridges247: Couldn’t agree more. Case and point: Sanchez was a waiver guy until he came up last year. This year, what’s to say that $1-$3 guy, Tom Murphy, doesn’t win the job and post numbers similar to Sanchez or Schwarber this year?

      • Burningbridges247 says:
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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Spot on, Duda. Guy in my league picked him up for $1 off the waiver, and now he gets to keep him for $5, while the guy who spent mega-$$$$ on Posey throws him back…..and probably does the same thing this year.

  22. Packers says:
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    Happy birthday! I play in 2 catcher leagues. There is no doubt that Posey, Lucroy and Sanchez will be drafted while I’m drafting a top tier MI, or my 2nd outfielder.
    I’ll try to get one of the “junk” catchers or two of them.
    Have a great day.

  23. Joey says:
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    Hey grey I’m in a 12 team dynasty league keep 20 with a redraft 15 rounds so 35 rosters. It’s a head to head 7×7. I was offered my Jose de Leon and first overall pick for Danny Salazar. No idea what’s gonna be at the one yet so I’m trying to give him my 6th overall instead. What do you think about both deals. Rest of my starters consist of sale carrasco Teheran desclafani Velasquez and a couple decent prospects. I could use the extra arm but am a firm believer in de Leon. Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joey: I’d take Salazar

    • Grey

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      @Joey: Wait, both deals? What’s other deal?

      • Joey says:
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        @Grey: he wants the first overall but I feel more comfortable at the 6 overall. If you say even the first overall and Deleon is good then I’ll do it

        • Grey

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          What would be the 1st overall? Who’s available?

          • Joey says:
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            @Grey: it’s not set in stone who will be available just yet but there are normally top prospects and good players. Last year mazara Bergman story were taken in the first round. Yesterday I traded archer and sano for odor. What do you think of that also. Saw your rankings and made the move for odor

            • Grey

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              Nice, like Odor there… If guys like Mazara are available, I’d be hesitant about giving up 1st pick

              • Joey says:
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                @Grey: well mazara and others in particular won’t be but guys that could be this years mazara Bregman etc. more than likely will be in the first round

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I gotcha…But guys like that are worth a decent amount, hard to say without knowing actual names

                  • Joey says:
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                    @Grey: yeah It is. thank you for the help as always and happy birthday

                    • Grey

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                      Thanks, Joey!

                  • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                    @Grey: he’s talking dynasty, so only players available will be those in FA and anybody signed/drafted in real life MLB would be my guess (senzel/ray/lewis/maitan/the young gurriel at least/lazarito etc)

  24. ChiCitySox says:
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    I really want you to be low on Schwarber BA. 30 hrs and .265 sounds nice. Especially in my ESPN league where he will only have OF eligibility to start the year.

  25. The JoGarza says:
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    Happy birthday, Grey. Who’d you piss off that for your day you had to revel in catchers?