Catchers

2017 Catcher Rankings: Top 25

2017 Catcher Rankings: Top 25

We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players. Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, […]

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

For numerous years, there’s only been one name on the top of catcher rankings — and even just one name in the top-tier. Buster Posey has been a godsend to teams who draft him, and his elite production can’t be matched on a year in, year out basis. His worst batting average in the last […]

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

After years of teasing us with his power potential, Grandal finally delivered in 2016. He hit 27 home runs, finishing second in power just behind Evan Gattis. Most of that damage came over the final three months where Grandal hit 20 home runs over 213 at bats. He still batted just .228, but you take […]

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. The year was 2008: Flo Rida and T-Pain were getting Low, Horton was Hearing a Who at the box office, and Victor Martinez was making me feel things I’d never felt before. In 08 I was still somewhat new to the fantasy […]

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Pleasure is rarely derived when drafting a catcher. If you pay the premium for a top-tier guy, you and everyone else in the room know the production provided will most likely not equal that of the price paid. If you go slumming […]

Catching Prospects: Rankings Movers

Catching Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

In the real world, the arrival of Gary Sanchez signifies a changing of the guard for the Yankees and an end to the Brian McCann era. In our fantasy world it means owners, especially those in dynasty leagues, will soon cast aside McCann in the belief that he will have little to no value to […]

The promising young JT Realmuto

The promising young JT Realmuto

The end of the 2015 season had many fantasy owners and prospect followers excited with a strong season. Although not quite an elite caliber bat noticed by a 88 wRC+, Realmuto showed decent contact (.259 average and 15.0% strikeout rate) and promising power potential (10 bombs and .147 isolated power). His projections by most had […]

Yasmani Grandal’s Hidden Breakout

Yasmani Grandal’s Hidden Breakout

“Draft last year’s disappointment.” Maybe you’ve heard this advice before. Some players just have off years. Others have their draft price slip because they were hurt. These are the players that are the best values on draft day the following year. As I mentioned in last week’s article, 2014 busts Joey Votto and Carlos Gonzalez […]

IS D’ARNAUD A D’ARNAUD-NO IN 2016

IS D’ARNAUD A D’ARNAUD-NO IN 2016

I know what you are thinking, “Will, are you seriously going on about Travis d’Arnaud again?!” Well yes, yes I am, so deal with it. Now, I was quite high on d’Arnaud heading into the 2015 season, as he returned from the minors with aplomb and vigor (or something like that) at the tail end of 2014, […]

Just How Valuable Is Posey as a Catcher?

Just How Valuable Is Posey as a Catcher?

Yes, Buster Posey, we get it. You are worth a Johnny Bench rookie card, and you can deliver babies. They changed the catcher collision rule partly (mostly?) because of you. Is there anything you can’t do? Next we’ll be seeing “Posey in 2020” bumper stickers. But what does Posey in the catcher slot mean for […]

Anybody have a rebound for Wilson Ramos?

Anybody have a rebound for Wilson Ramos?

Pretty much immediately when the Twins and Nationals made a swap featuring closer Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos, the Nats were declared winners and then some. Ramos had shown himself to be a strong catcher with great game calling ability along with a bat that was going to make him a franchise cornerstone. Yet being […]

Player spotlight: Kyle Schwarber

Player spotlight: Kyle Schwarber

Posted by: Scott Rowland When Kyle Schwarber got called up halfway through the season, we knew he had big time power. The questions were does he have the plate discipline to stick and a position to play every day. He finished the second half of the season as the number three catcher behind Buster Posey […]

Draft This, Not That: Catchers

Draft This, Not That: Catchers

We start off this year’s “Draft This – Not That” series with fantasy baseball’s set it and forget it position. The more literal you take that opening line the more likely you are to be content with a 7th place finish in your league. Read enough fantasy advice and you will not be the guy […]

Veteran or Youth? Position by Position

Veteran or Youth? Position by Position

We here at Fantasy Assembly are in the process of compiling our top-200 for dynasty leagues (due out next week). That’s a daunting task, for sure. I’ve never been a fan of big lists like this, simply because after a few draft rounds, anything goes, and what player you may prefer is entirely dependent on […]

Catching by Committee

Catching by Committee

The catcher position is not exactly loaded with “can’t miss” talent, so you can either land an “elite” catcher early, settle for the middling tier catchers, or get a little creative. We’ve all heard the “by committee” phrase bandied about the sports world. In baseball the most notable usage of the word is used when discussing […]

The Catcher Plan: Stand Pat

The Catcher Plan: Stand Pat

Pat Gillick, the current president of the Philadelphia Phillies, has had a storied and successful career as a baseball executive. The Blue Jays won championships in 1992 and 1993 while he was their general manager. He went on to have successful stints with the Orioles and Mariners as well before landing with the Phillies in […]

Can We Expect More from Gomes, Perez, Vogt?

Can We Expect More from Gomes, Perez, Vogt?

Depending on the format, I’m not one to keep catchers who aren’t named Posey. However, I realize than in very deep leagues, or with full keeper rosters, others will have to make the cut. With that in mind, I wanted to give you my opinion on three catchers in my top-10 for dynasty leagues. Here […]

Catching Prospects: Looking Forward (and back)

Catching Prospects: Looking Forward (and back)

Every Wednesday I will look back at my prospect rankings from last year and examine the top performers, as well as those who did not live up to my lofty expectations. In every case, it’s not my rankings that were wrong, but the player who did better or worse than they should have. I’m kidding […]

How Francisco Cervelli became elite

How Francisco Cervelli became elite

After reading the title of this article, the answer to my hypothetical question may seem a little obvious. But if I were to ask you who the best catcher was (not named Buster Posey) over the 2015 season, you would probably be surprised to hear Francisco Cervelli as such a player. Lauded over his minor […]